Kat Perkins will host a Facebook Live concert at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank.

Audience members may tune in to the concert on Perkins’ and the Great Plains Food Bank’s Facebook pages.

Perkins, a Minneapolis-based recording artist who grew up in Scranton, N.D., was a semi-finalist during season six of the TV show, “The Voice.” She is also a nationally recognized motivational speaker, according to Jared Slinde, communications manager with the food bank.

During the virtual concert, fans may interact with the performer and make song requests, Slinde said. They also may make donations to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank, which kicked off its COVID-19 concert series last week with Nashville-based country musician Blind Joe, a Fargo-area native.

About 1,700 fans tuned in for the Blind Joe virtual concert, and nearly $2,000 was raised, Slinde said.

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“For our first time with this type of event, we were pleased with the response, as it provided nearly 6,000 meals for hungry children, seniors and families during a difficult time for many,” he said. “We are hoping for even greater numbers from Kat’s performance.”

Many families and seniors in this region are turning to the food bank for assistance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing economic hardship, Slinde said.

Now in its 38th year, the Great Plains Food Bank is North Dakota’s only food bank. It works in partnership with 213 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding programs operating in 99 communities across the state and in Clay County, Minn.