Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota invests in community organization to eliminate food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota BCBSND Caring Foundation is supporting partners in the fight against COVID-19 with $150,000 in community investments.  This includes an emphasis on food insecurity and the Great Plains Food Bank’s efforts to increase emergency food assistance across the state of North Dakota with a $5,000 donation.  “As we all work together to ensure that North Dakotans’ are cared for during this challenging time we are incredibly grateful for the work of the Great Plains Food Bank in supporting local food pantries, shelters and families in need through their broad network of community partners and school backpack programs”, said Dan Conrad, CEO and Chairman of BCBSND Caring Foundation stated

The Great Plains Food Bankhas been in constant discussions with its partner food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens, health organizations, legislators and Feeding America, the network of 200 food banks nationwide, to determine how to best fill the critical needs of its clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“This donation comes at a critical time for us when there is a lot of uncertainty for the hungry children, seniors and families we serve across North Dakota and western Minnesota,” Great Plains Food Bank President Melissa Sobolik said. “We thank BCBSND Caring Foundation for this incredible $5,000 gift, which is enough to provide 15,000 meals for those in need. Our mission is to end hunger through community partnerships, and this is a prime example of a member organization in a community we serve meeting a challenge during a crucial time.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, an association of independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an association of 35 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield companies.