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Food bank topic at Kiwanis

Kiwanis member Angela Martini introduced Ron Walters from Great Plains Food Bank at the Oct. 24 Kiwanis meeting. Walters is major gifts officer at the organization that is headquartered out of Fargo. Since GPFB opened in 1983, it has distributed 168.

 

Kiwanis member Angela Martini introduced Ron Walters from Great Plains Food Bank at the Oct. 24 Kiwanis meeting. Walters is major gifts officer at the organization that is headquartered out of Fargo. Since GPFB opened in 1983, it has distributed 168.4 million pounds of food. It is the only food bank in North Dakota and distributes food through 215 agencies in all counties in North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. In 2015, the food bank distributed 11.2 million meals to 93,000 people. Walters said the most surprising statistic is that 38 percent of those people are children.

“This Kids Against Hunger is a tremendous program for the state of North Dakota,” Walters said. He added, “If that’s what it takes to feed hungry kids, I want to be a part of it. My father and I will be there to help Saturday.”

The Kiwanis Club of Jamestown donated all of its meals packaged at its recent Kids Against Hunger event to GPFB. In 2015 half of the meals, approximately 70,000, went to the food bank and were distrusted through mobile food pantries. All of the meals were utilized, which helped the club make a decision to up the level of support to feed hungry locally. Kids Against Hunger is an annual meal packaging event hosted by the Jamestown Kiwanis Club. This year’s event was held Oct. 29 at Stutsman Harley-Davidson in Jamestown.

President Amanda Thrift led the Oct. 24 regular meeting attended by 26 members and two guests. Chuck Axtman led group singing accompanied by Tim Burchill. Jan Barnes collected “Happy Dollars” for Kids Against Hunger.

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Thrift will introduce Sen. Heidi Heitkamp at the Nov. 7 Kiwanis meeting at the Quality Inn.

The 50 members of Jamestown Kiwanis meet each Monday at noon. For more information, visit  www.Facebook .com/JamestownKiwanis, email JamestownKiwanis@gmail.com, or call Amanda Thrift at 253-3124.

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