Feeding South Dakota Needs Our Help
Imagine yourself working 60 hours a week at minimum wage, trying to pay rent, heat, electricity, childcare, and then the car breaks down, – -or someone needs to go to the doctor or the dentist. How are you going to feed your family this week?
More and more Sioux Falls residents are finding themselves in this situation, as they end up among the ranks of the “working poor”. This growing population means that the need for hunger assistance remains strong and both food pantries in Sioux Falls could use a hand in re-stocking their shelves.
You might not realize that people must wait 90 days between food pantry visits. That span has increased from the 60 day wait-time only four years ago. Again this is due to increased demand from growing numbers of what are referred to as “food insecure” individuals. (You’ve got to love that “politically correct” term!)
This issue is usually front and center during holiday time when we all seem to be somewhat focused on big meals and we’re reminded that not all people will be having them. Donations are fairly strong then, but the need doesn’t change just because the seasons do.
Right now Feeding South Dakota has a fundraising campaign going on to replace both the Food Pantry and Food Bank locations in Sioux Falls. They hope to build a new, 40 to 50,000 square foot building to combine the operations of both sites. This will save money on building maintenance and on the cost of paying for off-site storage.
They sometimes have to turn down truckloads of food, due to lack of space, or have to pay for storage elsewhere. This new building would allow for expansion of the BackPack and Senior Box programs for which demand has grown exponentially.
So, if you can help in any way, either with non-perishable food donations or with monetary donations, it would be greatly appreciated; by the family next door, or down the street, or across town- – who just can’t make ends meet this month.
We never know when it could be us that needs a helping hand.