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First National Bank Bemidji Supports Healthcare Workers in Community

Community Meals

In an effort to support healthcare workers in the Bemidji community, First National Bank Bemidji will be providing meals from local establishments to Sanford Health employees and affiliated nursing homes to show their appreciation. Meals will be provided weekly through the end of the year.  

“Our team intrinsically has a desire to help our community. We want to show our appreciation to healthcare workers for all they continue to do for our community during the pandemic. One of our team members sent an email asking colleagues for donations to send a sandwich platter to the COVID unit here in town,” Becky Bentfield, marketing manager of First National Bank Bemidji said. “Our leadership saw this as the perfect opportunity to use funds that were set aside for holiday celebrations on a much deserving segment of our community.”

Bagged lunches will be delivered to departments including the COVID-19 unit, emergency room, intensive care unit, clinic and COVID-19 testing site. Meals will be provided by local establishments, including Keg & Cork, Big Apple Bagels, Countryside Restaurant, Country Kitchen and Raphael’s.

“Throughout the pandemic, we’ve taken every opportunity to boost local businesses and essential workers through our #BetterTogetherBemidji efforts,” Bentfield said. “We’ve continued this initiative by showing our appreciation to healthcare workers in our community, while also supporting local restaurants that have been impacted.”

#BetterTogetherBemidji - Support for our Community


In this time of uncertainty, First National Bank Bemidji remains committed to service and togetherness for the community. COVID-19 has brought challenges, but we’ve also witnessed acts of kindness between neighbors that have brought us closer, despite being apart. Throughout the coming weeks, we will highlight local businesses and show you new ways to support them while practicing social distancing.

To show our support, we’ll also be giving away gift cards to local businesses. Join us on Facebook and and use the hashtag #BetterTogetherBemidji for your chance to win each week.

Our Service Commitment During COVID-19 (coronavirus)

The First National Bank Bemidji response to the ongoing COVID–19 (coronavirus) outbreak begins with activation of our Pandemic Preparedness Policy. Our staff is focused on the well being of all residents of our community; this is our highest priority. Thank you for your trust in our bank.

We have organized an internal response team and have initiated a number of mitigation strategies within our facilities to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. Designated staff members are actively monitoring the information being issued by the various local, state, national, and international authorities. We are keeping our staff educated as information becomes available, and are enforcing a number of techniques to reduce exposure and health risks to our employees and the wider community.

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