Feeding South Dakota shutters food pantries, Rapid City distribution locations available
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Feeding South Dakota announced immediate closures of their food pantries in Rapid City and Sioux Falls “until it is safe to reopen” due to concerns over COVID-19.
In a press release Friday afternoon, FSD announced they would be changing their distribution models as they “prepare to see an unprecedented increased need for food assistance due to the challenges COVID-19 has presented for so many individuals.”
In a statement, Matt Gassen, CEO of Feeding South Dakota said:
“This decision was most certainly not an easy decision to make but it has been determined to be in the best interest of everyone to ensure we are keeping our staff, volunteers and guests as safe as possible. Closing the food pantries will allow us to more efficiently and effectively use our staff resources to continue to pack emergency boxes and bags of food to distribute to not only our residents in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, but to focus on the needs of all 66 counties of our state.”
Access to food will look different for families in need. Beginning Monday, March 23, FSD will distribute emergency food boxes in parking lots through Rapid City. People are asked to remain in their vehicles while they drive through the lot. Staff members will load one food box per household with a maximum two boxes per vehicle.
Distribution plans beyond next week will be determined on a week-by-week basis.
Rapid City distribution locations include:
- Wednesday (3/25)
- Rapid Valley United Methodist Church, 5103 Longview Dr., Rapid Valley from 2-4 p.m.
- Star Village, behind the office, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Friday (3/27)
- Mother Butler, 231 Knollwood Dr., 2-4 p.m.
- Career Learning Center, 730 Watertown St., 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
FSD’s BackPack program has been discontinued until further notice. The Mobile Food pantry Program will continue its regularly scheduled distributions. The Food Bank program will continue to work with local partners to meet community needs. And seniors enrolled in the Senior Box Program will continue to receive their monthly box as expected.
The new measures aim to ensure safety for staff, volunteers, and families serviced through FSD. Anyone looking to volunteer can do so through the FSD website.