Lunch Aid North Dakota returns for its third year to eradicate food insecurity through music. Lunch Aid North Dakota 2021 features singer, rapper, and writer Dessa with special guest Hiahli at the Sanctuary Event Center.
Lunch Aid North Dakota is on a mission to eliminate the suffering of food-insecure residents in the Fargo-Moorhead area and, beyond that, in the entire state of North Dakota. Lunch Aid aims to assist other non-profit organizations in their efforts to eradicate hunger and this year, Lunch Aid is working to raise funds for The Neighborhood Church & Community Center Fargo, who work in our communities of need to offer pop-up food pantries, baby bundles, in-person free meals over holidays and treats for children in the summer months. They work for the overall well being of their community members and we hope to help them in their mission of wholeness and food security with our fundraising efforts for 2021.
Dessa: Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and top-200 entries on the Billboard charts. She contributed to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape: her track, “Congratulations,” has notched over 16 million streams. As a writer, she’s been published by The New York Times and National Geographic Traveler, broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, and published a memoir-in-essays (My Own Devices, 2018) in addition to two literary collections. As a speaker, Dessa has delivered keynote speeches and presentations on art, science, and entrepreneurship; guest lectures at universities and colleges across the US; and a TED Talk about her science experiment on how to fall out of love. She’s also the host of Deeply Human, a podcast created by the BBC and American Public Media. Dessa has been covered by Pitchfork, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal amongst others. The LA Times says she “sounds like no one else.” The Utne Reader calls her a “one-woman powerhouse.” On the stage and on the page, Dessa’s style is defined by ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor.