North Dakota AFL-CIO Silent Auction Raises Money and Awareness for Hunger Relief
FARGO, N.D. – Leaders from the North Dakota AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations) and the Northern Valley Labor Council, AFL-CIO delivered a donation of more than $5,500 to the Great Plains Food Bank Friday. The donation is enough to provide more than 16,500 meals to help feed children, seniors and families struggling with hunger across North Dakota and western Minnesota.
Over 100 union members from over 25 different affiliated unions joined together in Grand Forks, N.D., on June 6 and 7 for the two-day 60th annual Constitutional Convention of the North Dakota AFL-CIO. During the convention, union members raised funds for the Great Plains Food Bank by hosting a silent auction, with local unions and union members donating items such as shirts, hats, mugs and quilts.
“We have held this silent auction for three years now and each year we have at least doubled the amount we have raised. I’m proud our unions have such big hearts,” Northern Valley Labor Council Vice President Ralph Honda said.
“We raise money for the Great Plains Food Bank because of the incredibly important work they do in our communities. We know that a lot of working people in North Dakota have a hard time making ends meet. The Great Plains Food Bank and all of its partner agencies across North Dakota do critical work making sure they have something to eat,” North Dakota AFL-CIO President Landis Larson said.
“We greatly appreciate the consistent commitment from the North Dakota AFL-CIO to assist in the fight to end hunger,” Great Plains Food Bank President Melissa Sobolik said. “Their members truly answered the call and this donation is critical for us to continue supplying needed food assistance to more than 97,000 hungry individuals each year. We thank the North Dakota AFL-CIO and the Northern Valley Labor Council for their continued support.”
The North Dakota AFL-CIO is the state federation of labor unions in North Dakota.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
Now it its 35th year, the Great Plains Food Bank serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. Its partner network includes 213 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs operating in 99 communities across N.D. and Clay County, Minn. Since 1983, the Great Plains Food Bank, through its partners and programs, have distributed more than 185 million pounds of food to children, seniors, and families in need. The Great Plains Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network and was named the Not-for-Profit of the Year for 2018 by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.