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The North Dakota State Fair kicks off annual food drive

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The North Dakota State Fair will again help feed North Dakota's hungry families with its second annual Food Drive.

The food bank will be collecting cans on Monday, July 21 at all State Fair gates and will then distribute the food throughout local food pantries in North Dakota.

The food drive will be held in conjunction with Pride of Dakota Day and each participating Fairgoer will receive $1 off gate admission for that day.

Last year, North Dakota State fairgoers donated 15,668 pounds of food to the Great Plains Food Bank. To put that into perspective, that is enough meals to feed a family of four for 5.25 months.

"Aside from generating food for our organization, the State Fair staff did an excellent job providing awareness of the Great Plains Food Bank as a state-wide organization," said Cari Drees, Community Events & Communications Coordinator at Great Plains Food Bank.

With the help of 910 AM KCJB, the North Dakota State Fair is encouraging service groups, 4-H and FFA clubs, and families to begin collecting cans of food now to bring to the Fair on Monday, July 21.

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.


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