Feeding South Dakota in need of donations, volunteers
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The coronavirus pandemic has put Feeding South Dakota in the position of needing extra food donations and volunteers.
During the COVID-19 crisis, the organization has been feeding two-and-a-half times the number of households it usually does.
They distributed 2.3 million pounds of food in the last ten weeks, serving as many as 10,000 households each week. But now, Feeding South Dakota finds it needs more food and cash donations, as well as volunteers to keep serving community members in need, especially during the pandemic.
“We’re covering you know the whole state of South Dakota, that’s 66 counties and just on the west side alone, we are having to go quiet far out to regions that are in the outline areas to get food to people and so we can always use volunteer help; of course we can use monetary donations,” said Paul Rodriques, the Western Operations Manager of Feeding South Dakota. “I mean you know sometimes you might have the food, but it’s a matter of getting it out there and that is costly.”
In the coming months, Feeding South Dakota will transition from its centralized food distributions to those in neighborhoods, taking mobile food pantries into the most needed sections of communities.