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  The North Dakota State Fair is initiating two new programs to aid the Great Plains Food Bank in creating a hunger free North Dakota. For the first time in its history, the North Dakota State Fair is hosting a canned food drive during the Fair.  On Monday, July 22, State Fair staff are asking all patrons to help in their contribution to the Great Plains Food Bank by donating a non-perishable food item at the admission gates.   The Great Plains Food Bank will then distribute the food throughout local food pantries in North Dakota. With an average Monday attendance of around 28,000 patrons, this will make a significant impact on the lives of those less fortunate than us in our area.
To help kick-off this campaign and inspire Fair patrons to help in our goals, the North Dakota State Fair is bringing in a unique display featuring a combine and field that will be constructed entirely out of canned food items. This unique structure will be the centerpiece of the Main Entrance to the State Fair Center and is a must see for the 2013 North Dakota State Fair. Best of all, the cans of food from the display will be donated to the Great Plains Food Bank at the conclusion of the Fair!
A combine constructed of canned food items is the perfect symbol of ending hunger in North Dakota because harvest is the true symbol of providing food. North Dakota Farmers contribute enough wheat for 11.6 billion loaves of bread, enough potatoes for 2.6 billion servings of French Fries and enough durum for 14 billion servings of spaghetti. With the hard work of North Dakota farmers and food drive donations, we can work towards a hunger free North Dakota. 
                The Great Plains Food Bank is an organization that collects, organizes and distributes food and funds to a network of over 250 different non-profit charitable food providers around North Dakota. They estimate that more than 21,000 North Dakotans continue to go hungry each day and an additional 32,000 would be at risk of hunger if not for their services.  Sadly, it is reported that 40% of those who receive aid from Great Plains Food Bank are children. Fighting hunger in North Dakota is a shared responsibility that goes beyond the charitable sector. The North Dakota State Fair is asking its patrons to assist in its programs to make a much greater impact on the lives of those experiencing food insecurity.
                 
 

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