As acknowledgement for their exceptional commitment and effort to end hunger within their communities, the Great Plains Food Bank has named David Maring, Glenn Muske, First Lutheran Church (Fargo) and United Way-Cass Clay as its 2019 Hunger Relief Champions. Each recipient has displayed an exceptional commitment to the Great Plains Food Bank’s mission of ending hunger through community partnerships and shares in their values of doing all things through passion, service and innovation.
“We are thrilled to have so many individuals and organizations working throughout our communities to end hunger each day and these are some of our most outstanding,” Great Plains Food Bank President Melissa Sobolik said. “David Maring, Glenn Muske, First Lutheran Church and United Way-Cass Clay have all been instrumental in our work for years and have all selflessly poured their hearts and souls into doing what they can to help be certain no one goes hungry.”
David Maring has been a strong and consistent leader in the fight to end hunger having dedicated countless hours of service since joining the Great Plains Food Bank Board of Directors in 2012. His time spent with the Great Plains Food Bank has included a two-year stint as board-chair along with serving as chair-elect and on several different board committees. He has made a tremendous impact on the progress made toward opening a regional service center in Bismarck while serving on the cabinet for the Feed the Future Capital Campaign. During his time as a member of the board of directors, Maring played a key role in helping the Great Plains Food Bank expand its capacity by 5 million meals. Maring is a personal injury attorney for Maring-Williams Law in Bismarck.
One of the Great Plains Food Bank’s most dedicated volunteers, Glenn Muske has given years of service to the organization in multiple ways. Spending his volunteer time from the Great Plains Food Bank Bismarck office, Muske has become a vital asset to the organization helping to recruit volunteers in communities across the state and share publicity of the Mobile Food Pantry, assist on countless office projects and has assisted with new methods to engage community members to join in our work. He has been the voice of the Great Plains Food Bank through thank you calls to donors, participated in conducting the comprehensive Hunger in North Dakota 2018 study and regularly shares news of the organization through social media. Glenn is a retired rural and agribusiness enterprise development specialist with NDSU.
First Lutheran Church (Fargo)
First Lutheran Church in Fargo have been loyal supporters of the Great Plains Food Bank as food donors, financial donors and volunteers since 2002. During that time, First Lutheran Church has given more than $54,000, donated nearly 14,000 pounds of food and have been regular volunteers helping pack boxes for the Senior Food Pack Program. First Lutheran Church has helped the Great Plains Food Bank on a large number of projects over the years including the Heart to Hand Capital Campaign, Homeless and Hungry Project, support of the BackPack Program, Giving Hearts Day, First Fest and support of the Feed the Future capital campaign that will expand the organization’s freezer space inside the Fargo warehouse.
United Way Cass-Clay
Active in the fight to end hunger inside their communities for decades, United Way Cass-Clay has been a partner with the Great Plains Food Bank since the organization opened in 1983. Their commitments have included grant funding to help support a number of different initiatives including annual support of food recovery and distribution efforts, critical early investments to help launch the Great Plains Food Bank BackPack Program and School Pantry Program along with funding toward the comprehensive Hunger in North Dakota 2018 study and Service Insights Initiative. Additionally, United Way Cass-Clay has spearheaded drives to supply school supplies for struggling children, facilitated volunteers during their annual day of services at non-profit locations, served as a partner with the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive held by the National Letter Carriers and serve as co-chair of the Cass-Clay Hunger Coalition.
About the Hunger Relief Champions award
First created in 2008, the Hunger Relief Champion Award recognizes individuals, businesses, churches or organizations for their extraordinary contributions and commitment to end hunger. These honorees are acknowledged for their longtime partnerships with the Great Plains Food Bank, their creativity and organization-wide commitment, for being innovators and solution focused, and for extending an invitation to employees, customers and other like-minded community entities to join them in their work to alleviate hunger. A complete list of past winners can be found HERE.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
Now it its 37th year, the Great Plains Food Bank serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. Its partner network includes 213 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs operating in 99 communities across N.D. and Clay County, Minn. Since 1983, the Great Plains Food Bank, through its partners and programs, have distributed more than 162 million meals to children, seniors, and families in need. The Great Plains Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network and was named the Not-for-Profit of the Year for 2018 by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.