Feeding South Dakota gets new mobile food pantry
Thanks to a generous citizen, Feeding South Dakota is now able to transport food directly to the communities that need it by loading up a 30-foot trailer that’s pulled around by a Dodge RAM 3500. Historically, Feeding South Dakota has been an organization where food assistance has been provided to individuals and families but they’ve always had to come to where the facilities are at. But with this new model, that’s all about to change.
“We’re really taking and putting that model on its head. It’s a paradigm shift for our organization. And we finally realized that instead of hunger having to come where the food is, maybe we need to take food to where hunger is,” said Matt Gassen with Feeding South Dakota.
Now people living in 13 different areas of the Rapid City community will have access to the food pantry. “Food security is one of the priority initiatives under Rapid City Collective Impact. It is the result of over two years of work, two years of meetings with over 21 organizations around the table talking about who’s providing food and where and how on which days, at which times in order for us to map this well and identify those areas of need and then create those partnerships that can serve those areas. And so this additional mobile is going to make a big difference in feeding people in Rapid City,” said Liz Hamburg with Rapid City Collective Impact.
This trailer can feed between 300 and 400 people on any one trip to a community, so there is a lot of potential for multiple areas to be visited in a short amount of time. To take part in the mobile food pantry, all you have to do is register once at one of the locations that the food pantry stops at for distribution.
During the 2018 fiscal year, Feeding South Dakota secured and distributed nearly 12.2 million pounds of food to those in need and thanks to this new mobile food pantry. Hopefully they will exceed that number this year thanks to this new mobile food pantry.