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Our Mission

The Emergency Food Pantry’s mission is to support the community by providing food to reduce hunger.

For over 45 years, the Emergency Food Pantry has helped feed people in Cass and Clay counties in times of crisis, unemployment, fire, family violence, medical problems, and other difficult situations. The pantry provides hungry families and individuals with wholesome food to tide them over during these times of emergency. By doing so, the Emergency Food Pantry is fighting hunger in our communities, providing healing to families, and giving hope.

We all pay the price of hunger. As the economic and social costs of malnutrition, chronic illness, unemployment, and low productivity rise, we all benefit when fewer are hungry.

Our History

The idea was born at Moorhead State University. A pastor and the Volunteers for Community Service Director came together and built the pantry at Bethesda Lutheran Church.

The pantry relocated to a Moorhead basement.

Representatives from eight churches organized the Fargo-Moorhead Emergency Food Pantry. The Pantry food moved to Elim Lutheran Church in Fargo.

Wayne Lubenow, at Midweek Eagle, a newspaper, wrote press promotions of the Pantry. The Board of Directors was formed. The Pantry owed Red Owl Grocery $300 they could not pay, hindering the ability to give a week’s worth of food, so only two days’ worth was given out until the Pantry could pay its debt.

The Fargo Elks Club donated $150/month to the Pantry, including a freezer too large to fit in the Pantry, so it sat on the Board President’s porch until the Pantry moved again. The Fargo-Moorhead Inter-faith Council disbanded and donated its bank balance to the Pantry.

The Pantry incorporated in 1975. Referrals to the Pantry were made by social service agencies and churches.

The Pantry moved to the Unitarian Fellowship Building. American Crystal Sugar began its recurring donation of sugar. Other recurring corporate donations began. In 1980 the Food Stamp program was in danger of ceasing operation for five months. Preparations were made to cover 350 Food Stamp requests per month. Fortunately, the program was restored. In 1982, the first USDA surplus foods were available to the Pantry.

The Pantry began to participate in Minnesota FoodShare’s incentive program. The present Great Plains Food Bank was organized to distribute food to area pantries.

The Pantry moved to a house owned by St. Joseph’s Church. Domino’s Pizza began to promote the Pantry.

Municipal Judge Davies levied an extra fine on convicted persons, incurring $50 worth of food for the Pantry. The Pantry became independent from Volunteers for Community Service and United Way. Lucille Kingsley became the first paid Coordinator of the Pantry.

The referral system changed: clients could only use one referral agency and only three deliveries could be made to a client in a year.

The Pantry moved again after repairs were made to the 10th St N former fire station.

Pantry Bylaws were changed. Clients began to pick up food ordered through referral rather than having the food delivered.

Linda Clark became Coordinator in 2000, and began her fourteen years of service, developing relationships with longtime area supporters and gardeners who provide fresh produce.

Relocation was revisited as needs grew. A building owned by the City of Fargo was leased to the Pantry and nearly a million dollars for major remodeling.

The Pantry held a Grand Opening in 2013.

The Emergency Food Pantry’s “Birthday Bags” program began – families receiving food with a child’s birthday would receive a bag of cake mix, frosting, and a handmade card.  

Stacie Loegering began as Executive Director.

The Emergency Food Pantry received a grant through Vitamin Angels to distribute vitamins to women who are pregnant or nursing and children who are 6 months through 4 years old.

The Emergency Food Pantry participated in a national training through Feeding America to improve the food recovery system in the region.  The pantry worked to improve collaboration locally.

The Emergency Food Pantry created a Strategic Plan.

Thanks to local support the Emergency Food Pantry continued to offer the same quality and variety of food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response.

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Executive Director 


Office Support Specialist


Service Supervisor


Warehouse Supervisor


Food Pantry Assistant


Food Pantry Assistant


Food Pantry Assistant


Food Pantry Assistant


Food Pantry Assistant

Board Members

Sonja Hunter


Pat Podoll

Vice President

Pam Sommer


Tyler Mayfield


Eric Johnson


Grace Moser


Josh Wells


View the Annual Report.

Member Churches

Atonement Lutheran, Fargo
Bethlehem Lutheran, Fargo
Calvary United Methodist, Fargo
Christ the King Lutheran, Moorhead
Church of the Holy Spirit Catholic, Fargo
Church of the Nativity Catholic, Fargo
Community of Christ, Fargo
Dilworth Lutheran, Dilworth
Elim Lutheran, Fargo
Faith Lutheran, West Fargo
Faith United Methodist, Fargo
Fargo Baptist, Fargo
First Assembly of God, Fargo
First Congregational, Fargo
First Congregational, Moorhead
First Lutheran, Fargo

First Presbyterian, Fargo
First Presbyterian, Moorhead
First United Methodist, Fargo
Gethsemane Episcopal, Fargo
Good Shepherd Lutheran, Fargo
Grace Lutheran, Fargo
Grace United Methodist, Moorhead
Holy Cross Catholic, Fargo
Hope Lutheran, Fargo
Immanuel Lutheran, Fargo
Messiah Lutheran, Fargo
Newman Center Catholic, Fargo
North Buffalo Lutheran, Moorhead
Olivet Lutheran, Fargo
Our Savior’s Lutheran, Moorhead
Peace Lutheran, Fargo

Plymouth Congregational, Fargo
Shepherd of the Prairie, Fargo
St. Andrew Lutheran, West Fargo
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic, Fargo
St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Wild Rice
St. Francis de Sales Catholic, Moorhead
St. John Lutheran, Fargo
St. Joseph Catholic, Moorhead
St. Paul’s Free Lutheran, Fargo
St. Mark’s Lutheran, Fargo
St. Mary’s Cathedral Catholic, Fargo
St. Stephen’s Episcopal, Fargo
Trinity Lutheran, Moorhead
Unitarian Universalist, Fargo

If your congregation would like to become a member church please contact us at 701-237-9337 or


What’s the difference between a food pantry and a food bank?

A food pantry provides food to individuals and families. A food bank distributes food to various locations such as food pantries and meal locations.

How often can I get food for my family at the food pantry?

A person can visit the Emergency Food Pantry every other month, up to six times in a year. Other pantries have their own rules about how often people can get food.

How does The Emergency Food Pantry decide how much and what kind of food is given to my family?

A chart lists the amount of food based on household size. The pantry tries to meet the dietary needs of individuals. At times we have hygiene items, household supplies, and infant diapers and formula. Clients can request these items and we will add them to the basket if we have received those donations.

Can my family get SNAP (food stamps, EBT) and also get food from the Emergency Food Pantry?

Yes, you can receive food from the pantry and receive SNAP benefits. You are encouraged to enroll in all programs for which you qualify, including the SNAP program. The Emergency Food Pantry is available to be one of the places where your family receives food.