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.
Being able to come here and get the food I need to feed my grandkids really means a lot. When they come to my house after school, they ask, "Grandma, what can I eat?" I want to be the kind of grandma for them that my grandma was for me.
Meet Steve. After a rough past, Steve is clean for over two years. He makes his living as a painter, a profession he's worked hard in for over 20 years. Unfortunately, last year was slow and Steve got behind on some bills. He visited one of our Food Pantries because he just doesn't make enough to meet all of his bills right now.
Because of Feeding South Dakota, people in this community know they won't have to go hungry. If I had an opportunity, I would support it. For now, I'd just like to say thank you to the people who do.
Meet Joan, who is called "grandma" by the people she serves at the St. Francis House. After losing everything to addiction, Joan got back on her feet thanks to St. Francis House. Much of the food St. Francis House uses for their meals comes from Feeding South Dakota. Now that she's moved into her own apartment, Joan still comes back to volunteer in the kitchen, cooking where she once got help.
The meals were wonderful. I remember what it was like to be cared for after feeling so alone.
Read their full stories, and more, in our February Newsletter.