Feeding South Dakota calling volunteers of all ages to serve their community
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Feeding South Dakota says they’re in need of volunteers to help meet a critical need in the community.
One out of every nine people in South Dakota are food insecure, including one out of every six children. Feeding South Dakota serves those individuals in all of the states 66 counties and distributed nearly 18-million pounds of food last year.
Their operation relies heavily on community volunteers. In Rapid City, the organization has openings in their 1 p.m. shift Monday through Friday.
Paul Rodrigues, the western operations manager for Feeding South Dakota, says, “Feeding South Dakota relies on the volunteers immensely and we love them and the relationship we have with them; and not only that, when you’re volunteering here, you’re probably going to have a good time and you’re gonna meet some new people and make some new friends.”
Serving up to 42 sites in western South Dakota – including 18 in the Rapid City area alone – Feeding South Dakota has no shortage of work for volunteers. From packing boxes to loading food and helping at distribution sites, volunteers play a vital role in the organizations mission.
“There’s just so many things they’re involved in and they have just such a great attitude it’s really nice to have them,” Rodrigues adds.
There’s no special skill set required to volunteer, and those of all ages are asked to help. Kids from 11 to 14 can volunteer alongside a parent, while those 15 to 17 just need a waiver.
Young or old, volunteers work side-by-side to provide thousands of families with food every week.
CLICK HERE for more information on how to get involved with Feeding South Dakota.