Feeding SD challenges police departments to follow Box Elder’s example

RAPID CITY, S.D. – When a student threw a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at a Box Elder patrol car during a homecoming parade earlier this month, the police department decided to turn grapes into grape jelly and initiated the “PB&J Challenge.”

Their message to the students is that there are better methods of “donating” food to those in need. Box Elder police will be collecting peanut butter and jelly until Oct. 15 to give to Box Elder feeding programs. It is their hope to make this challenge go viral.

Feeding South Dakota is assisting Box Elder police in challenging the Rapid City and Sioux Falls police departments to take on the “PB&J Challenge.” The public can drop off plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly at each of the police stations from now until Oct. 29.

Similar to the “ice bucket challenge,” each department is asked to challenge another police department via social media in their own unique way, in the hopes of initiating peanut butter and jelly food drives across the country.

“The Rapid City Police Department is committed to doing everything we can to help make our community a better place,” says Brendyn Medina, community relations specialist with the RCPD. “We’re thrilled to partner with Feeding South Dakota in order to help garner food donations, and hope that other local law enforcement agencies can join us in helping provide food to those in need.”

It is estimated that 1 in every 9 South Dakotan’s are food insecure, meaning they lack adequate and consistent access to nutritious foods. Feeding South Dakota’s food pantries in Rapid City and Sioux Falls provide emergency food services to an average of 400-475 families each week at each location. In fact, nearly half of those served are infants and children.

“We are so incredibly impressed of the humor shown by the Box Elder Police Department,” says Jennifer Stensaas, Feeding South Dakota marketing and communications coordinator. “We thank them for showing the students mercy and providing a teachable moment.”

Information from Feeding South Dakota
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