In August, North Country Food Bank announced it would be moving to a facility in East Grand Forks. North Country Food Bank has been working hard over the past three years to plan for a much-needed new building and had initially planned to build a new facility in Crookston. However, an existing building large enough to house North Country’s operations became available in East Grand Forks. This building provides the perfect opportunity for North Country to meet its goals. It will not only allow North Country to improve service to those in need, but it will do so in a way that allows for the most responsible use of available resources. It is estimated acquiring the existing building in East Grand Forks versus building new in Crookston will save North Country more than $4 million.
This means North Country will no longer be operating out of Crookston and will not be in a position to continue running the food shelf in Crookston. North County anticipates moving its entire operation to its new location by the end of 2019. However, some staff may begin making the transition as early as November 2019. As a result, North Country’s last day operating the food shelf in Crookston will be Thursday, October 17. The food shelf will be open the following dates and times:
Monday, September 30 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 3 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday, October 7 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday, October 14 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 17 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
North Country has been working with the community to establish a new food shelf since it made the announcement about its move back in August and will continue to do so. The food shelf currently operated by North Country serves approximately 250 families per month. Every thriving community has a plan for assisting those who struggle with hunger. There are considerable costs to a city that doesn’t address hunger issues that may include increased health care costs, decreased worker productivity, and behavioral problems among children and adults, to name a few. If you are hungry…nothing else matters! If you are interested in helping with the food shelf, please contact North Country at (218) 281-7356.