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Great Plains Food Bank Holds Conference

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Minot hosted one of four regional meetings for the Great Plains Food Bank today.

Volunteers and representatives from partner food programs from all over the Minot area attended and learned how to improve community engagement and shared fundraising strategies.

The food bank reported a 50 percent increase in the need for food supplies this year compared to last year. That's a tall order for homeless shelters and food pantries who are manned almost entirely by volunteers. One of the big topics today was coming up with ways to reduce stereotypes that might prevent people in need from seeking food assistance.

“A big obstacle that many folks talk about is the stigma that's attached to somebody needing food support. It's really important that we know that the typical person needing assistance with food is not lazy, refusing to work and looking for a handout," says Heather Stulken the donor relations manager of the food bank. "They are people who have run into a temporary bump in life.”

The Great Plains Food Bank is the only food bank in North Dakota. It has 315 partner programs throughout the state.


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