Feeding South Dakota seeks volunteers
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — With the South Dakota community facing a time of unprecedented crisis in terms of food insecurity due to the COVID-19 virus, losing a paycheck due to work disruption or children missing meals due to school being closed can be a personal disaster.
Right now Feeding South Dakota is asking for volunteers to help their neighbors in need by packing emergency food boxes that will help families who need a little extra food assistance.
Volunteers will pack fresh and nonperishable food items in bags and/or boxes in assembly-line fashion at distribution centers in Pierre, Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Shifts are capped to promote social distancing and to limit the numbers of people in the building at any time. FSD is also splitting volunteer shifts into smaller groups to increase space between volunteers.
Daytime shifts can be found at www.feedingsouthdakota.org/volunteer. Volunteers must be at least 11 years old with a parent or guardian, and volunteers age 14 and older may volunteer solo.
Feeding South Dakota is striving to keep clean facilities and follow best practices for food safety, as there is no higher priority for them than the safety of their volunteers and the people they serve. They are taking extra precautions, including increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the day and emphasizing frequent handwashing, use of hand sanitizer and changing of gloves.
FSD is also requesting that potential volunteers who have experienced any symptoms of illness in the last 14 days, have been exposed to anyone who has been ill or are in a high-risk category, to please stay home at this time. Feeding South Dakota will help schedule a future volunteer opportunity.