NDSU received the Outstanding School Volunteer Award from the Great Plains Food Bank for the university’s efforts in 2014. The recognition was announced at the food bank’s annual volunteer celebration breakfast April 28.
“It is great to see the impact NDSU volunteers are able to have on our community, both locally and throughout North Dakota,” said Hailey Goplen, NDSU assistant director for service-learning and civic engagement. “We are so appreciative of this recognition from Great Plains Food Bank.”
In 2014, NDSU volunteers packed:
- 4,214 BackPack Program bags that were distributed to local children on the weekends
- 793 Mobile Food Pantry boxes distributed to rural families across North Dakota
- 2,320 pounds of food distributed to senior citizens in Bismarck, North Dakota
- 6,430 pounds of bulk food distributed to partner agencies
- 612 pounds of nonfood items distributed to partner agencies
- 6,445 pounds of potatoes distributed to partner agencies
- 852 pounds of various other produce items distributed to partner agencies
- 1,234 pounds of frozen product distributed to partner agencies
NDSU volunteers packed 47,641 pounds of food, which is equivalent to 39,701 meals. It would feed a family of four for 3,308 days.
NDSU students, faculty and staff volunteered 3,973 hours in 2014.
The Great Plains Food Bank serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. Its partner network includes 311 charitable feeding sites operating in 113 communities across North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. More information on the food bank is available at www.greatplainsfoodbank.org.
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