Sioux Falls, SD (July 19, 2017) – Employees from Monsanto in Harrisburg, SD recommended Feeding South Dakota to receive a $10,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2017 site grant initiative. Funds from the grant will be used to distribute more food to the most high-need, rural communities in the state, to bring food directly to families living with food insecurity.
“This generous gift will support Feeding South Dakota’s Mobile Food Pantry,” said Russ Hofeldt, Central Operations Manager at Feeding South Dakota. “Each family that visits the Mobile Food Pantry receives about 60 pounds of nutritious food including produce, proteins, dairy and non-perishable food items, enough to provide 50 meals to a struggling family in need.”
The Mobile Food Pantry distributes free food to food insecure individuals and families across the highest need, lowest access areas of central South Dakota. The items distributed by the Mobile Food Pantry supplement the work of partner food pantries, shelters, and on-site feeding programs. The Mobile Food Pantry, operating out of the Charles H. Burke Center for Hunger Relief in Pierre, distributed nearly 600,000 pounds of food last fiscal year to thirteen high need communities, providing 500,000 thousand meals to the 9,300 families served. Nearly 40 percent of the food distributed through the Mobile Food Pantry include fresh fruits and vegetables.
Feeding South Dakota previously received a $10,000 Monsanto Fund site grant in 2016 and a $5,000 grant in 2015 to help fund the Mobile Food Pantry Program. Collectively, these grants have given the hunger relief organization the ability to provide 100,000 meals to those in need in the most rural underserved areas in the state.
Feeding South Dakota helps so many people in need, but it goes much deeper than that,” said Ben Christen, Site Lead at Monsanto Harrisburg. Feeding South Dakota is committed to not only the people it serves, but also to help eliminate hunger in South Dakota. There is such a need for this work. We are proud to support Feeding South Dakota with this Monsanto Fund grant.”
This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations through its site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7.5 million through this program over the last five years.
About Feeding South Dakota
Feeding South Dakota, whose mission is to eliminate hunger in South Dakota, is the state’s largest charitable hunger relief organization with distribution centers in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City. Last year, Feeding South Dakota secured and distributed over 12.5 million pounds of quality nutritious donated and purchased food providing 10.4 million meals to individuals in need. Feeding South Dakota is able to distribute this food through its network of over 350 charitable organizations across the state. These organizations then provide this food to individuals who are “food insecure” through youth programs, senior centers, on-site feeding programs, emergency food pantries, after school programs, and homeless shelters. For more information on Feeding South Dakota, please visit www.feedingsouthdakota.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
About Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.
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