District 5 Gives Back to North Dakota Food Bank in Annual HELPS Event

On Good Friday, March 29, 2024, IAM District 5 held its annual HELPS event at the Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo, N.D.

Thirteen volunteers that represented Locals 2525, W384 and W33, along with family and friends of the members from those three locals, donated their time and labor to helps kids in need of food assistance.  The group participated in the GPFB’s Backpack Program, in which volunteers packed various non-perishable food items into over 720 bags for distribution.

“We believe that by giving back to our communities through our HELPS program, we are making a difference in the lives of children who are in need of food assistance,” said IAM District 5 Directing Business Representative Jeremy Pearson. “District 5 understands that being an integral part of our community through volunteerism is the key to making the lives better for people who made need some help from time to time.”

“Living up in the ‘North Country’ comes with a multitude of challenges, including economic ones that may adversely affect families that create food insecurity,” said IAM District 5 Assistant Directing Business Representative Joe Schwartz, who helped to organize the event. “The members of our Locals who participated, along with family and friends, were humbled to take the time and effort to help out those in need.”

“The IAM Midwest Territory is committed to service in every community. District 5 and Locals 2525, W384 and W33 are showing their commitment to that very ideal. Helping families with food assistance leads to better lives for all in their communities,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Sam Cicinelli. “Our thanks go out to every member and their families who participated by volunteering their time and effort that will help our neighbors in need.” 

IAM District 5 covers North Dakota, South Dakota and parts of northern Minnesota.

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