Ryan Fischer of the Great Plains Food Bank unloads a slab of pork ribs after North Dakota Farmers Union helped donate and deliver 30,000 pounds of pork to the Great Plains Food Bank May 13, 2020, in Fargo.


Farmers Union Enterprises (FUE) teamed up today with North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) to donate 30,000 pounds. of pork ribs to the Great Plains Food Bank (GPFB) in Fargo. The donation completes a five-state giving spree of 150,000 pounds of pork to food banks in South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana and North Dakota.

“Food banks are doing all they can to meet the increased demand for food given COVID-19 and high unemployment,” said NDFU President Mark Watne. “This donation is one way we can help feed hungry families.”

FUE is made up of several Farmers Union-owned businesses — the dividends of which help fund Farmers Union organizations in the five-state area, as well as FUE programs and National Farmers Union. The donated pork ribs came from Redwood Farms, which supplies premium pork products to high-end restaurants in New York, Chicago and other cities across the U.S.

Watne said FUE is doing what it can to help the most vulnerable. “We care deeply about our food system,” he said. “We have the ability to produce enough food. We should ensure no one has to worry about where their next meal is coming from.”

In North Dakota, the GPFB is the largest hunger-relief organization and the state’s only food bank. It works with a wide array of individuals and organizations to guide donated surplus food and grocery products to a network of 213 food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and charitable feeding programs.