One out of every eleven people are in need of food assistance and food banks across the region are in need of volunteers. Global Citizenship students at Minnesota School of Business-Moorhead helped with both of those demands as a part of a service-learning project at the Great Plains Food Bank.
The Great Plains Food Bank is North Dakota’s largest hunger-relief organization. Their vision is to create a hunger free North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota by recovering and distributing surplus food, engaging in community partnerships and advocating for social change.
20 students spent an afternoon organizing oatmeal for orders and shipments out to other parts of the region. It’s a job that can take employees days to complete, but the students finished the task in just over an hour.
“For the second year in a row, Minnesota School of Business has been an outstanding partner with the Great Plains Food Bank,” said Great Plains Food Bank Backpack Program Coordinator Cierra Anderson. “Their gifts of time not only tremendously helps our organization, but have a great impact on many of our neighbors who are fighting to meet their daily nutritional needs.”
The group also took pride in accomplishing something significant in the time they were at the Great Plains Food Bank and had a chance to learn more about its mission.
“Our students really worked well together and embraced this challenge,” says Service-Learning Coordinator Kristi Leverson. “Everybody took their role and ran with it.”
Representatives of the Great Plains Food Bank were also on campus recently to speak with students about the importance of its role in the community and why volunteers are so critical to its success.