Two events you can participate in to give back to the community during the holiday season

Guide 2RAPID CITY, S.D. – This time of year, donating food or time can be an easy way to give back to the community.

The Public Works Department of the City of Rapid City teamed up with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union to hold this food drive for it’s first year.

Here’s more about the food drive and how you can donate.

Where to donate

There are three locations around town.

    • City Hall, 300 6th St. (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    • Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St. (Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
    • Rapid City Fire Department Station 1, 10 Main St. (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.)

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, donations will be accepted at Family Fare on Mountain View Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What to donate

Canned goods and nonperishable foods is what they’re asking for. Food with long shelf lives like dried and canned beans, nut butters, dried fruits and vegetables, grains, jerky, granola, etc. are also great items to donate.

Why they’re holding the food drive

“Right now is a hard time for families with inflation going up, costs of everything going up. So we just want to give the community an opportunity to give a lending hand and give back to the people who need it in our city,” Gelynn Passmore, Compliance Coordinator of the City of Rapid City, said.

The goal for them is to have a lot of generosity toward this even like previous drives (diaper and candy). They also hope to hold this drive every year.

After the Drive

When the drive ends on Nov. 18, the donated food will be brought to Feeding South Dakota. It will go toward their normal distribution over the holidays.

Feeding South Dakota will also be holding their annual Turkey Giveaway later in November.

What is the Turkey Giveaway

The annual turkey giveaway is held by Feeding South Dakota. They give out turkey breast and all of the sides and fixings to make sure everyone in the Rapid City area gets a good holiday meal.

It is the 12th year they will hold it and they have 1,500 meals planned.

Ways to help with the Turkey Giveaway

Specifically for the Turkey Giveaway, they aren’t taking volunteers anymore this year, but if you contact Wallace at She can add you to a list for next year.

Another way to help the giveaway is donating money to it through Feeding South Dakota. This year, Greg and Pam Sands, of Sands Wall Systems, are matching donations up to $25,000. If you donate, they match it. If you give a dollar, they give a dollar; If you give $25, they give $25. This is going on from November 1 to November 24.

“The benefit of making that $25 donation, it makes this possible. It’s how we afford to give out 1,500 Thanksgiving Day meals. So every donation toward that really counts,” Wallace said. “If you donate during this time, it can be matched by a Sands Wall. So we can raise up to $50,000 if everyone participates.”

Volunteering and donating is available for people to participate in year round though.

“It literally would not be possible without the support of our community,” Wallace said. “We aren’t a huge staff. We really depend on volunteers to help pack boxes, to sort produce to canned goods and get them out into the community. We depend on people coming to mobile distributions to hand out food. Without volunteers, we really couldn’t do it. We also need our donors. Keeps the lights on, keeps going out into the community. So every part of the community involvement is essential to helping out.”

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