Basin Electric volunteers feed those in need through The Banquet

Tom Wanner

Tom Wanner, Basin Electric senior purchasing agent, helps out in the kitchen for The Banquet in January.

Basin Electric is all about commitment to community. In January, part of that commitment came in the form of a meal.

Cooperative volunteers lent a helping hand to The Banquet, a local non-denominational program that serves a free, hot, well-balanced meal to BismarckMandan (ND) folks in need.

The Banquet serves meals every Thursday evening, as well as lunch on the third Saturday of every month, in the fellowship hall at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bismarck.

Local churches, businesses and organizations volunteer to host the effort. That means planning, purchasing, preparing, serving and cleaning up as part of giving to others.

Teresa Reis, marketing manager for The Banquet, is grateful when sponsors take the time to help out.

“Basin was willing to offer the money to host these meals right away,” Reis says. “These free meals are a blessing to those in need.”

Judy Hojian

Judy Hojian, Basin Electric senior purchasing agent, serves food to those in need.

Reis adds the people who are helped by The Banquet come from all walks of life. Some are homeless, jobless, unable to make ends meet, of poor health, or alone.

“But they all have one thing in common,” she says. “They are in need of nourishment, kindness and compassion, and Basin Electric had no problem finding the necessary volunteers.”

The Banquet, which has been around since 2005, serves an average of 350-400 guests Thursday nights and about 100 guests every third Saturday. Basin Electric also plans to host meals April 18 and May 16.

For more information on how to get involved with The Banquet, visit or contact Reis at 701-221-2292.


  1. Kristi Blumhagen says:

    Awesome job you guys! Let me know next time and I will join you.

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