Public Health workers to get free meal from Grand Forks nonprofit

Public Health Department workers will receive a gift card, in addition to a free meal.

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Kathryn Kester is the executive director of the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals. Bonnie Meibers / Grand Forks Herald
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A Grand Forks nonprofit has exceeded its goal in raising funds to provide meals to staff at the Public Health Department.

In a Monday news release, Kathryn Kester, GGFYP executive director, said $1,900 has been raised, which surpasses the group’s anticipated goals. In addition to a free meal from Smiling Moose Deli, health department workers will receive a $20 gift card from a locally owned business of their choice.

“Thank you, Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, for the opportunity to highlight the activities of the Grand Forks Public Health Department and our dedicated staff,” said Marcus Lee, regional emergency preparedness and response coordinator. “With the long hours we often work behind the scenes of this pandemic, it is nice to know we are appreciated. The lunch is a nice token of gratitude that doesn’t go unnoticed.”

According to the news release, many of the donations came from individuals, but businesses including Gate City Bank, Smiley’s Hotel, ICON Architectural Group and GGFYP also contributed funds.

Employees will be able to choose their Smiling Moose meals online, which will be available for in-store pickup or curbside delivery at their convenience on Wednesday, Dec. 16.


“We are thrilled to partner with GGFYP and provide a meal for the Grand Forks Public Health Department,” said Liza McLean, co-owner of Smiling Moose. “These individuals are working tirelessly to help our community slow the spread of COVID-19. Our entire team at Smiling Moose Deli is grateful for your work – thank you, Grand Forks Public Health!”

GGFYP is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the development and growth of young professional’s in the area. The organization frequently participates in events for charities and other nonprofit groups.

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