Great Plains Food Bank Youth Summer Meals sites now open

A total of eight different feeding sites across the state of North Dakota have already kicked off providing much needed food assistance through the Great Plains Food Bank Youth Summer Meals Program. Without access to school lunch or breakfast, summer can be a difficult time for food insecure children and the Youth Summer Meals Program helps to fill that void by offering meal sites.

Of the eight Youth Summer Meals locations, a total of five will take place in Jamestown, two in West Fargo and one in Enderlin and will offer either a lunch meal or evening meal depending on the location. Each site began serving meals earlier in June and will continue throughout the month of July and some as late at August 19.

The program is one of three programs run by the Great Plains Food Bank specifically to combat childhood hunger in the region.

“We will always stay committed to the fight to end childhood hunger,” Great Plains Food Bank Program Director Nancy Carriveau said. “Our Youth Summer Meals Program along with our BackPack Program and School Pantry Program are integral to our ability to provide needed food assistance to the 38 percent of individuals turning to the Great Plains Food Bank each year that are children. We are thankful to all the champions in each community hosting a Youth Summer Meals site this year and helping us to do all that we can to ensure no child goes hungry.”

Launched in 2013, the Youth Summer Meals Program provided more than 6,700 meals for hungry children in 2019. You can find more information on the program and the Great Plains Food Bank commitment to childhood hunger HERE.

Great Plains Food Bank 2020 Youth Summer Meals sites
WEST FARGO

SouthSide Park (hosted by the West Fargo Education Foundation)
Operates June 1 until August 10
5-5:30 p.m. every Monday

Meadowridge Park (hosted by the West Fargo Education Foundation)
Operates June 1 until August 10
5:45-6:15 p.m. every Monday

JAMESTOWN
Two Rivers Activity Center (hosted by Jamestown Parks and Recreation)
Operates June 1 until August 19
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Nickeus Park (hosted by Jamestown Parks and Recreation)
Operates June 3 until July 31
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday through Friday

Leapaldt Park (hosted by Jamestown Parks and Recreation)
Operates June 3 until July 31
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday through Friday

Arts Park
Operates June 1 until August 13
11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Stutsman County Extension
Operates June 1 until August 19
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (no meals July 3)

ENDERLIN
First Lutheran Church
Operates June 2 until August 27
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday

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.

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