Pantries with a Purpose
Because food insecurity and health are interrelated, public health and food networks have the opportunity to connect individuals to healthy food. Through the efforts of Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health’s Wellness Pantry and DMARC’s Food Pantry 2.0, these opportunities leverage the critical partnership between health and food access to reduce the fight to end hunger.
Learn about the collaborative effort between a statewide food bank and local public health and a food pantry network to bring healthy food access to food insecure clients.
Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health
Dedicated to improving the health and safety of our community.
DMARC Food Pantry Network
Working together to meet basic human needs for the Greater Des Moines community as well as provide strategic leadership, expertise and resources to strengthen communities by expanding affordable housing choices in Polk County.
Data, Analytics, and Program Coordinator, DMARC
Daniel Beck has been with DMARC since 2010 in varying roles as the organization has evolved. Though the employment title and purview has modified as well, he has served as Data, Analytics, and Program Coordinator since 2013. With an educational background that included certifications as a nutritionist and a fitness/wellness consultant, the fit with DMARC was natural as the network began more heavily focusing on its work involving community wellness and nutrition in its food pantries. Daniel is a passionate advocate for equity of nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices for the under assisted communities that have long been deprived of affordable choices to improve family health and wellness. In this capacity, Daniel was one of the developers of DMARC’s health incentive, Food Pantry 2.0 model in an effort to evolve the function of what a food pantry is, to include a more choice laden, dignified environment.
Nutrition Services Coordinator, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health
Katie Johnke is a Licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Lactation Counselor in Bismarck, ND. She is the Nutrition Services Coordinator for Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health and Worksite Wellness Coordinator for the City of Bismarck since 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of North Dakota. Katie works in many different capacities in the Bismarck community whether it be active transportation, healthy food systems or breastfeeding support. Katie has a passion for improving community health through public health education and efforts. Additionally, Katie has experience working with federal and state-funded grant projects that aim to improve chronic disease, maternal and child health, breastfeeding rates, and community livability.
Ending Hunger 2.0 Impact Manager, Great Plains Food Bank
Taylor Syvertson is the Ending Hunger 2.0 Impact Manager. She graduated magna cum laude from NDSU with a Bachelor's of Science in Sociology and an emphasis in Community Development. Taylor served as the Hunger Study Coordinator at the Great Plains Food Bank facilitating state wide research involving those who access the charitable food network. As part of the organization’s new initiative, Ending Hunger 2.0, Taylor now manages work at the intersection of hunger and health. This work aims to address the root causes of hunger and promote positive health outcomes for food insecure clients. Previously, she worked as a Research Assistant with North Dakota State University and as a Consultant assisting organizations with research driven, asset-based development. She is an active member and presenter for the Community Development Society and co-chair for the Cass-Clay Hunger Coalition.