To help raise the awareness of hunger and how food banks and food shelves work together to serve those in need, the Beltrami County Farm Bureau hand delivered a check to the food shelf and another to the food bank. They did this to demonstrate their commitment to help and to challenge other County Farm Bureau’s as well as other businesses to do the same. Together we can end hunger!
Mayor Rita Albrecht
Mary Mitchell – Manager of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf
Bill Beyer – President Board of Director Bemidji Community Food Shelf
Susie Novak – Executive Director North Country Food Bank
David Horn – Treasurer Beltrami County Farm Bureau
Mary Beth Dickey – Director of Development & Food Sourcing
Quick History of NCFB
North Country Food Bank has been serving 21 counties in NW MN for over 30 years. We are part of the Feeding America network of 201 food banks around the U.S. that make up a sophisticated network collecting large donations of food and redelivering to local agencies. NCFB serves over 244 non-profits & programs within our service area. Some agencies get as much as 70% of their food from us and many as high as 92%. North Country has grown dramatically over the last few years through the leadership of our Executive Director, Susie Novak. When Susie began, NCFB was distributing 1.8 million lbs. of food. This year we are tracking over 7 million lbs. of food distributed.
This is food that otherwise may have ended up in a landfill. Recently we received over 1million lbs. of potatoes from Folson Farms in E. Grand Forks. We were able to flood the state of MN with potatoes as well as share them with over 30 food banks around the country. Many of those food banks share their surplus with us in return.
Traditionally, food banks began by distributing surplus from the USDA. Soon after they were able to make connections with food manufacturers in order to collect their surplus food inventory. A few years ago a study was done that identified the billions of pounds of produce that is either harvested and unsold or left in the ground. Soon after food banks began working with farmers to find ways to capture this food too.