Fork Real Cafe asks community to put a fork in hunger

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

In South Dakota, 1 out of 8 people are food insecure, meaning they don’t have reliable access to the food required for an active, healthy life. This is where Fork Real Community Café comes in - a “pay what you can” cafe where real people share real food and have real conversations.

Fork Real has been successful with getting food out to the community since opening in 2016. But now, they’re running out of room. They currently operate in the lower level of the Creamery building in Rapid City - a temporary location.

They have launched an online campaign through Crowdrise to raise money for their own storefront. The donations support café operations. They’re also applying for a grant. Fork Real hopes to have their own permanent location in the coming years.  

Businesses who donate a certain amount will get 50 tokens for their employees to eat at the café.

They serve lunch three days a week with a crew of 7-10. Rhonda Pearcy, executive director of Fork Real, says it’s only with the help of the community and the volunteers that makes their affordable café a reality.

Fork Real will offer free classes through Love Inc. in the fall that focus on cooking nutritious food with limited resources. Click here for more information on free, nutrition classes.

You can support Fork Real’s campaign to “put a fork” in ending hunger by clicking this link. The campaign ends May 11.

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