Calling on Community: Rapid City nonprofit needs local help to get major grant

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Fork Real Café has been a staple of downtown Rapid City since its inception in 2017.

The nonprofit, pay-what-you-can café has reached thousands with meals gifted to those in need.

“Fork Real is a nonprofit; anyone is welcome to come eat here regardless of their ability to pay for a meal,” says co-founder David Pearcy. “We don’t do handouts; we offer people a meal in exchange for volunteering.”

Now, Fork Real is in real need – of votes.

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Fork Real Cafe on St. Joseph St. in Rapid City

They’ve reached the final round in State Farm’s “Neighborhood Assist” program, and it’s a huge opportunity.

“The company whittled it down to the top 200, and then the 200 finalists are now being voted on by the community. The top hundred will get a $25,000 check from State Farm corporate for their nonprofit,” says Scott Carlson, a State Farm agent.

The community can vote now through next Friday, May 6 at midnight.

That money would be instrumental in keeping the lights on and the plates full.

“That is huge for us, you know,” Pearcy says. “We still have staff, we have payroll that we have to meet, we still have to pay utilities, we have to pay the rent.”

Fork Real has to consider all of those costs in addition to the rising cost of food.

As of Friday morning, April 29, Fork Real is in 31st place out of 200.

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The lunch rush starts at Fork Real Cafe in downtown Rapid City

CLICK HERE if you’d like to cast your vote for Fork Real. You can vote 10 times per day, per email address used.

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