Program enters its 18th year of providing food for those in needFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a program in our community that's making a huge difference. The Daily Bread program is on its 18th year, taking left-over food from grocery stores and restaurants and giving it to food pantries and shelters that depend on the service.
Kyle Bergh's day starts bright and early at 6:30 am. He moves quietly, but quickly, getting the best of what's left over at grocery stores, like Cashwise in Fargo. Eventually handing it over food pantries, he is a liaison between the excess and the needy. Boxes upon boxes of muffins, bread, vegetables and meat fill this truck.
TIM RHODE: "Hunger is one of our main missions. We try to help it in many ways with hunger in our community as possible and this is one of the ways that we're able to give back."
Bergh puts on the miles as he goes to two other grocery stores to pick up food. All before 11:00 am. Then the boxes come to places like this: the YWCA. They get everything from proteins to breads, to fruits and vegetables, but they also get plenty of sweet treats.
ERIN PROCHNOW: "This happens to be from Hornbacher's locally. So this is the kind of bread product that will be used tonight no doubt, there's a reason it's sitting on the counter it will more than likely be used tonight."
Pounds of Daily Bread product line the shelves here: to feed 65-plus mouths four times a day. It's a free service that Executive Director Erin Prochnow says they'd be lost without.
ERIN: "The simple fact of cost implications, cost reduction for us in our daily expenditures on food, there is no doubt the impact is significant."
It is the fruit of a grassroots effort seen and appreciated. The annual Daily Bread program fundraiser is going on right now at the Ramada in Fargo. The 13th Annual Chefs' Gala and Auction goes until 8:30 tonight. Money raised will go to help this program.