Folk musician and recording artist Chuck Suchy will present a virtual concert on Thursday, May 21, to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank.

The concert will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on Suchy’s and the Great Plains Food Bank’s Facebook pages.

Suchy, a singer, songwriter, poet and long-time Mandan-area farmer, is lending his support to the food bank to help people in the region who are dealing with food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Suchy, well-known as North Dakota’s official state troubadour, performs songs that tell of his experiences, spanning decades in the state. He has recorded numerous albums and also performs with family members.

The Great Plains Food Bank serves people in need through a network of 213 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding programs operating in 99 communities across North Dakota and western Minnesota.

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Great Plains Food Bank -- North Dakota’s only food bank -- has seen a 44% increase in the need for food assistance through its partner food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens, and a 79% increase through its Mobile Food Pantry.