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Metal group Metallica donates $10,000 to food bank in Fargo

Metallica's Robert Trujillo, left, Lars Ulrich, Jared Slinde of Great Plains Food Bank), Ian McDonald of Great Plains Food Bank, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield and Angelique McDonald of Great Plains Food Bank pose with the band's donation. Brett Murray / Special to Forum News Service

FARGO — Longtime heavy-metal music group Metallica has taken a philanthropic approach during its current tour by donating money through the All Within My Hands Foundation to cities they visit.

The foundation donated $10,000 to Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo Sept. 8, when they had a show in Grand Forks that night.

Jared Slinde, Great Plains Food Bank communications manager, said the donation really made an impact.

"It's really difficult to describe what difference this made. The amount of traffic even with the photo with them," Slinde said. "Now you can notice a buzz with the facility and volunteers. The amount of individuals we've gotten from this, and that should lead to increase and amount of volunteers."

The Great Plains Food Bank first made the announcement Metallica and the All Within My Hands Foundation would be contributing in a news release Aug. 20.

The band also announced they would be holding a drawing for volunteers to win a collection of of the band's 13 studio albums and two drawings for a set of tickets to see the band in concert. "To have their reach and worldwide exposure and take time out and give back the way they have, It's really amazing and I hope they know that," Slinde said. "They didn't have to choose hunger relief and it's great that they did."

Slinde and others got a chance to meet the band backstage before and receive the check with an amount that left him in shock. According to Slinde, the $10,000 is enough to provide 30,000 meals through the food bank.

"They (Metallica) make it clear they aren't above anybody else and they were genuinely interested in what we do," Slinde said.

According to the Great Plains Food bank, it provides food assistance to more than 97,000 individuals across North Dakota. Half of those individuals are children and seniors.