Pine Ridge Community member feeds people for free during flooding

Amaris Swallow and her son stand behind their van where they frequently feed people from all over the Pine Ridge Reservation for free.
Amaris Swallow and her son stand behind their van where they frequently feed people from all over the Pine Ridge Reservation for free.

OGLALA, S.D. — In the recent severe weather and flooding across the Midwest, the news is filled with stories of devastation and tragedy. But in the toughest of times are also when we hear stories of compassion and teamwork.

In the thick of the emergency on the Pine Ridge Reservation, one woman is working to help people fill their basic needs. Amaris Swallow lives on the Reservation with her family and frequently gives food away to anyone who needs it for free.

For about a year, she’s been serving hot meals as often as she can like hot dogs, hamburgers, and beans. On Saturday, she and her family were set up in the community of Oglala.

Amaris said she started serving food after seeing a student at the school she works at go hungry.

“One of the students said that they go hungry quite a bit, and that when their neighbors have leftovers they come out to eat,” said Amaris. “And I thought, we’re more fortunate than others, so that’s what started this.”

She also said that with the flooding on the Reservation, she and her family wanted to help feed the community.

“We just need to go out and help our people, and this is one way we thought we could help is by providing a meal. People are struggling with the flooding, people are struggling, and we just wanted to help.”

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