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Kidder, McIntosh drives recognized

County social service office employees and North Dakota Department of Human Services employees work to make a difference by helping low-income individuals and families overcome hunger through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program previously named Food Stamps. When these individuals gathered in Bismarck this spring for training and performance recognition awards, the Human Services Department invited them to participate in the first annual Make a Difference Food Drive, which netted 1,685 items weighing 1,400 pounds that were donated to the Great Plains Food Bank for statewide distribution.

North Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Director Arlene Dura said, "Each year we host a training conference where we also recognize county eligibility workers, supervisors and directors who provide quality service while determining if people qualify for the program. Holding a food drive with the conference was another way to work together to address hunger."

She said the state's West Central administrative region won the first Make a Difference Award for donating the most food drive items. Area counties in the region include: Kidder and McIntosh. The region also received the Conrad J. Moe Traveling Trophy for achieving the lowest error rate among the state's six administrative regions.