Fork Real Café receives $25,000 check from State Farm

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program granted a $25 thousand dollar check to Fork Real Community Café on Friday, June 24.

“State Farm gives millions of dollars a year to local communities across the country, and we’re just excited and thrilled in Rapid City that we were able to keep $25,000 of it right here,” Dave Raml, a State Farm agent on Jackson Boulevard said.

The organization was one of 100 to receive the funds, which will be dedicated to improve the community. Fork Real will be using it to combat rising food costs and resources, and eventually start a training program.

Rhondacarryfood“Food is our core, and that’s what we want to be able to provide for the community to come in, and so we are doing that. This check will help do that, continue that on,” Rhonda Pearcy, founder and director of Fork Real Community Cafe, explained. “But the next step is being able to — when people come through here and they’re wanting to do that next piece — we are doing some skill-based trainings in the kitchen to help someone who wants to take that next step, giving them some more skills. So, whether it is actual culinary skills from the kitchen, being able to work in the kitchen and be able to write down, ‘Hey, I’ve been volunteering at Fork Grill for so long,’ and that jumpstarts them to another job and hopefully will jumpstart them to something else. So, that’s another piece that we’ll be used for.”

Fork Real Café aims to positively impact food insecurity and hunger. They do this by being a pay-what-you-can café, meaning anyone can come in for a meal and it can be paid either with money or by volunteering some time at the café.

“On an average, we have about 12 [people] a day that will come in and we really want it. It’s not so much we don’t look at numbers as much as we are looking at people and relationships and we really want to build relationships so that we can walk with people. So we don’t fix things, but we try to connect people with things that can help them move forward and we’re really big on moving forward.,” Pearcy said.

The organization is also a non-profit organization, and it offers local fresh foods. Anyone can get involved by either volunteering for a number of different jobs or by purchasing a $10 meal token that will go toward a meal that someone needs.

Fork Real wants to serve, empower and build up the community through food and conversation.

The cafe’s summer hours are 7:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday-Friday and 8:30-11:30 a.m. for breakfast; 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday for lunch.

To learn more about Fork Real Community Café, visit their website here.

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