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We are the sole distributor of surplus food products to over 244 charitable food programs, including our soup kitchens, food shelves and homeless shelters. Other recipients include low-income individuals in need of supplemental assistance, group homes, senior programs, youth programs, addiction treatment centers and domestic abuse programs.
As a non-profit food bank, our primary role is to provide food to the front-line charitable agencies that offer meals to the hungry. We distribute over 4.5 million pounds of food in our 21 county service area annually.
As part of the Feeding America network, we rescue food and non-food items from national and regional manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, restaurateurs and growers. These products are temporarily stored in our facility, and then quickly distributed to charitable agencies throughout our service region.
North Country is able to distribute over 4.5 million pounds of food annually because of our partner relationships with Feeding America, and the other five Feeding America food banks in Minnesota:
• Channel One Food Bank - Rochester, MN
• Great Plains Food Bank - Fargo, ND
• Second Harvest Heartland - Twin Cities
• Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank - Duluth, MN
• Second Harvest North Central Food Bank - Grand Rapids, MN
North Country is a member of Hunger Solutions, a statewide partnership of organizations fighting hunger. North Country also works closely with several different United Way organizations located throughout our service area; Minnesota Food Share; and the Minnesota Department of Health.
North Country is pleased to announce it is one of the founding partners of Hunger-Free Minnesota. Officially launched on June 7, Hunger-Free Minnesota is a transformational, collaborative movement to fight hunger in our communities, and was initiated by a coalition of partners united in the common belief that food is a basic and essential human right that every Minnesotan should have. To learn more, click here, review this hunger fact sheet, and visit www.hungerfreemn.org