FARGO, ND – Hope is found in interesting places. For a local food bank, one of those places was a semi trailer donated by Gate City Bank.
Every year, one in nine North Dakotans seeks emergency food assistance. Gate City Bank believes that no one should have to suffer from hunger, which is why the Bank surprised Great Plains Food Bank with a brand-new delivery truck in 2016, made possible with a $250,000 pledge over 10 years.
“Gate City Bank exists to create a better way of life for our communities, especially individuals who don’t have access to the food they need to thrive,” says Kevin Hanson, President & CEO. “Ending hunger is everyone’s shared responsibility, and it continues to be an honor to support the wonderful mission of Great Plains Food Bank through this unique partnership.”
Gate City Bank donated the semi trailer as part of Great Plains Food Bank’s “Feed the Future” initiative. Each year, the truck travels 60,000 miles, transporting 12.5 million meals (36,000 meals per load) and impacting nearly 100,000 residents throughout the region, half of whom are children and senior citizens. Along with non-perishable food items, it hauls fresh produce and hygiene products.
In addition to donating funds for the truck, Gate City Bank has contributed considerable volunteer support for Great Plains Food Bank. Team members have volunteered nearly 400 hours over the past two years. In light of this charitable giving, Great Plains Food Bank named Gate City Bank an official “Hunger Relief Champion” in 2019. Here are some of the ways Bank team members have volunteered throughout the years:
Additionally, Gate City Bank donates $4,000 annually toward “Scouting for Food,” a one-week event in March that helps Boy Scouts distribute flyers to make people aware of a large food drive that benefits Great Plains Food Bank. During this time, people can donate items at Gate City Bank locations. Additionally, in 2020, the Bank donated $10,000 worth of its blue tote bags to Great Plains Food Bank.
“Great Plains Food Bank is such an inspiration to our team members and others,” says Amanda Torok, Senior Vice President of Culture. “We’re forever thankful for them and their efforts to feed our communities.”