North Country Food Banks Marks 40 Years and Achieves Milestone of Serving Over 100 Million Meals

On Thursday, October 19, The North Country Food Bank, Inc. will celebrate 40 years of service to the people of northwest Minnesota and Grand Forks, North Dakota, and the distribution of enough food for more than 100 million meals!

From modest beginnings in 1983, North Country has grown to reach thousands of neighbors struggling with hunger daily. “We are grateful for this opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments over the past 40 years with the community. We believe all our neighbors, family, and friends struggling with hunger should have access to food, and we work relentlessly to make this a reality. We are excited about how far we have come as an organization and focused on how far we still need to go to make sure nobody in our service area ever has to wonder how they will put their next meal on the table,” said Susie Novak Boelter, North Country’s executive director.

In recognition and celebration of its 40 years of service and providing more than 100 million meals, North Country will be hosting an open house and tours of its facility at 1011 11th Ave NE, East Grand Forks, MN, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2023, including a brief program at 5:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.

One of five food banks in Minnesota, North Country Food Bank is the sole distributor of surplus quality food and non-food products in northwest and west central Minnesota. It serves a 21-county area, including Becker, Beltrami, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Otter Tail, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Traverse, Wadena, and Wilkin counties. In addition, North Country serves the Anishinaabe reservations that occupy some of the same geography as these counties. These reservations include White Earth, Red Lake, and Leech Lake. Throughout its service area, North Country provides food and non-food products to its 220 member agencies (food shelves and other non-profit organizations that address food insecurity) and directly to people in need. This past year, North Country distributed 6.1 million pounds of product, equivalent to 5.08 million meals.

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North Country Food Banks Marks 40 Years and Achieves Milestone of Serving Over 100 Million Meals