Refrigerated equipment means more produce can be distributed, Novak says

    North Country Food Bank in Crookston has received a $60,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation that has made the acquisition of a refrigerated truck and trailer to help distribute food and produce across its service area.

    The grant helped to purchase the 26-foot straight-box truck with refrigeration, and a 53-foot refrigerated trailer. This year, NCFB expects to distribute more than 3 million pounds of produce to people in need.

    “We want to make sure we are providing access to all of the food products available, including fresh produce, to even the most remote locations in our service area,” explained Susie Novak, NCFB executive director. “The grant North Country received from the Walmart Foundation provides funding to help us build the capacity necessary to increase our overall food distribution with special attention to fresh produce and agricultural surplus products. It is our belief that every person struggling with hunger should have access to the most and best foods possible, and this grant funding has helped make that a reality.

    “We are very grateful for the Walmart Foundation’s support in the fight against hunger,” Novak continued. “They have been a great partner in helping to insure nobody in northwest and west central Minnesota has to go to bed hungry.”

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