Fork Real receives $10K grant to support their community-based food security efforts

RAPID CITY, S.D. — One local business was the lucky recipient of a $10,000 grant from State Farm Corporate on Thursday as part of their “Outstanding Community Engagement” program. Local agent Scott Carlson was one of 100 agents chosen nationwide who got to pick a nonprofit to donate to, and he chose Fork Real Café.

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Rhonda Pearcy, co-founder of Fork Real Cafe, accepts a $10,000 check from State Farm agent Scott Carlson (photo date: May 26, 2022)

Fork Real Café is a community-based, pay-what-you-can restaurant located on St. Joseph Street in downtown Rapid City.

Their mission is to “build community through food and conversation,” and since its inception in 2017, they’ve served more than 10,000 meals to families in need.

This money goes towards that mission.

“Those funds will be used to cover some of our overhead expenses, such as payroll, increasing food costs, and other things we do here at Fork Real,” says co-owner David Pearcy. “We’re just honored to be a partner with them here.”

Pearcy and his wife, Rhonda – whose vision it was to create the café – say they’re thankful to Carlson for all his support.

Fork Real is also up for a major grant from State Farm’s “Neighborhood Assist Program,” and a $25,000 prize awaits if they win.

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Fork Real Cafe in downtown Rapid City

Those grant winners will be announced June 7.

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