- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is asking North Dakota gardeners to once again donate surplus fruits and vegetables to a program that helps feed the hungry around the state.

The Hunger Free ND Garden Project is in its sixth year. Goehring says this year’s goal is 1 million servings of fresh produce distributed to food pantries, shelters and charitable feeding groups.

Goehring says the need is great. He says the Great Plains Food Bank served 11.4 million meals in 2014, up more than 700,000 over the previous year.

Food Bank Program Director Steve Sellent says the Hunger Free ND Garden Project has helped increase the amount of food it has available while also providing fresher and healthier food.

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