Feeding South Dakota sets up food distribution at Central States Fairgrounds
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Feeding South Dakota set up its first centralized food distribution Wednesday at the Central States Fairgrounds.
Cars started lining up at seven for the 10 a.m. start, with the distribution running well past noon. The centralized pickup on Wednesdays replaces the neighborhood distributions in Rapid City and Rapid Valley.
Mary Corbine, Food Security Manager for Feeding South Dakota, said “Doing our regular distributions in our neighborhoods like we normally do, we realized that there was a great response. And it caused a lot of traffic issues, some clusters, it could be some safety issues with so many people in the areas in the neighborhoods and we realized that we needed a much bigger place to do our food distributions during this time. “
People receiving food drive-up, with boxes then placed in the trunks of their vehicles in order to continue social distancing. And for drivers unable to open their trunk, there is also a line for them to load their own boxes. Many volunteers came out to give Feeding South Dakota a hand, more than 20 from Youth and Family Services.
And to say thanks and keep the volunteer’s nourishment up, Mackenzie Rivers Pizza donated some pies.
Kathleen Kroeger, Mackenzie River Pizza, said “Even right now we’re not making money, but we’re still giving to the community because we’re all in this together, and we have to be. So, this is our heart, our Mackenzie River heart, if you have give, if you need take, and that’s where we are.”
There is no criteria for individuals in need. Feeding South Dakota only asks that people come out for the distribution every other week, so they don’t run out of resources.