Life hasn’t been easy for Bill and Brande, but they’re doing everything they can to make it through tough times. “Food isn’t as cheap as it used to be,” Bill says. “Throw in gas and bills — and money gets really tight,” Brande adds. Like many other struggling families across South Dakota, Bill has a full-time job. He works in a warehouse. Even still, the family hasn’t been able to keep up with rising prices and expenses. They have a couple of growing boys with big appetites, too, making the monthly strain on their budget ever tighter.
Alessandra has a big smile on her face. Even though she’s barely 9 years old, she knows how much Feeding South Dakota means to her parents. “I like coming here. They have a lot of yummy treats,” she says. When asked about her favorite healthy food, she doesn’t hesitate: “Salad and apples. But . . . candy is my favorite.”
Thank you for providing for us during a time of transition. My name is Chantel. This is my first time at the Food Pantry. I’ve always been the person who gives, but right now I need to receive help. Knowing there’s help when we really need it is a reassuring feeling.
Meet Laurie and her grandchildren. Laurie had attended culinary school and worked ask a cook until she became disabled. After back surgery, Laurie still has back pain and trouble walking. Laurie is also diabetic but uses her culinary skills in her kitchen so her family can eat healthier. Currently, she cares for two of her nine grandchildren, and loves to have them all visit.
Meet Giovanna and her three children. She moved her family to South Dakota to get out of a bad situation. Right now, she's working part-time as a certified nursing assistant while she waits for a full-time position to open up. Without the help she receives from the Food Pantry, Giavanna isn't sure what her family would do.
Meet Brianna, the loving mother of a son with special needs; because her son has special needs, it's difficult to find a preschool for him to attend, which makes it hard for Brianna to find a job that also allows her to take care of her son. The food she receives from our Food Pantry Program helps make sure she can stay current on her bills while she goes through a rough time.