Feeding South Dakota hosting several food drives

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Feeding South Dakota is hosting several food drives this month.

Kicking off Monday with the “Turkey and Thanksgiving Meal Drive”  and the Boy Scouts “Blue Bag Food Drive.”

The organization is encouraging the public to give someone a hand-up this holiday season. Local Boy Scouts came up with the blue bag food drive as their community service project.

The boys go around the city and drop off blue bags at people’s doors. From there bag holders go shopping and fill the bag up with food.

The drive is going on all week and the scouts will pick the bags up this Saturday. You can also take food to the scouts or directly to Feeding South Dakota.

“We didn’t have a lot of food drives over the summer. Kind of low this year compared to other years. We’re a little low on some of our fresh vegetables because of the strange gardening season people dealt with,” said Shawn Burke, the development associate with Feeding South Dakota.

As for the “Turkey and Thanksgiving Meal Drive,”  they’re asking that people donate money.

Each year Feeding South Dakota donates over 3,000 turkeys to families throughout the state. This year the goal is to provide 3,400 Thanksgiving meals to families in need.

The Greg and Pam Sands Foundation agreed to match the funds raised up to $15,000.

“Lots and lots of our families are working families. There is a misconception that everybody that goes to the food bank is not working. Well that’s not true. We have a lot of working families they’re just trying to make ends meet,” said Burke.

That meal giveaway will be at the Fairgrounds on November 23. You can donate online or in person, from now until the day of the giveaway.


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