North Country Food Bank, Inc. relies on financial donations to accomplish our work. 96 cents out of every dollar goes right back out the door to support our agencies. For every $1 we receive, we can provide enough food for five meals!
Who We Are and What We Do
North Country Food Bank, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was incorporated in 1983, and is located in Crookston, MN. The concept was simple – use surplus food product from the food industry to feed hungry people. Today, North Country distributes food to over 230 charitable organizations on an annual basis. North Country’s service area covers 21 counties in northwest and west central Minnesota and part of Grand Forks, North Dakota. North Country is a member of Feeding America, and helps make up a sophisticated non-profit food distribution network.
Last year, North Country operated programs that distributed over 7.4 million pounds of food to people in need. Most local charitable organizations in North Country’s service area, including food shelves, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, senior community centers, after school programs, and other charitable organizations, receive at least 50% of the food they distribute from North Country. There are many agencies that receive 70%+ of their food from North Country, and some that receive 90%+ of their food from North Country.
North Country has 11 full time employees, and one of the best pounds of food distributed per employee ratios in the nation. North Country also has more than 1,000 volunteers who provided more than 12,830 hours of service last year. North Country’s expertise is procuring excess food products and quickly distributing them to people in need. North Country has a staff with more than 66 years of experience in the food bank industry.
North Country is on the front lines of hunger relief on a local, statewide and national level. As the need for services continues to grow, North Country has established innovative programs to address the need, including: recovering surplus food from manufacturers and retailers; developing a program that provided for the acquisition and distribution of fresh produce; initiating programs that address childhood and senior hunger, and establishing distribution methods to reach the most rural and underserved counties.
This remarkable journey has been made possible by the generosity, compassion and commitment of many partners…food donors, volunteers, financial donors, and charitable feeding programs. In the future, North Country is committed to making a difference in the lives of the thousands of children, seniors and families who struggle with hunger, and committed to a hunger-free northwest and west central Minnesota