Sioux Falls, S.D. (June 12, 2017) – While children are celebrating the end of the school year and the onset of summer vacation, local food pantries are working harder than ever to make sure their pantry coolers, freezers and shelves are stocked with nutritious foods.
The reality is that hunger does not take a break for the summer. One in every six children in South Dakota are at risk of going hungry. When access to the school district’s free and reduced breakfast and lunch program is limited, or in some cases nonexistent, during the summer months, many more children will be struggling with the issue of hunger.
One organization is stepping up to help with just that. Staff from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will be volunteering their time and treasures to Feeding South Dakota’s Sioux Falls Food Pantry, providing individuals and families with enough nutritious food to eat during the hot summer months.
“As an organization, the Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives through health and select place-based initiatives. This includes giving back to the communities we call home – Sioux Falls, S.D. and New York, N.Y.,” said Walter Panzirer, a Trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “Helmsley’s Sioux Falls staff is honored to partner with Feeding South Dakota for this year’s staff service project and provide a $15,000 grant that could buy 60,000 meals for people in our community.”
The Helmsley Charitable Trust staff will be volunteering at Feeding South Dakota at 4701 N. Westport Ave in Sioux Falls on Thursday, June 15, from 8:00am until 12:00pm and will be presenting a $15,000 check that will provide meals to those going hungry across the state.
“Feeding South Dakota is so very grateful to the Helmsley Charitable Trust for recognizing the hunger need that exists in the state of South Dakota,” says Matt Gassen, CEO, Feeding South Dakota.
SPECIAL NOTE: A formal check presentation will take place at 10:00am with interview opportunities available with the Helmsley Charitable Trust staff as well as representatives of Feeding South Dakota.
About the Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives. Since beginning active grantmaking in 2008, Helmsley has committed more than $1.8 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program and Vulnerable Children of Sub-Saharan Africa programs are based in Sioux Falls, S.D. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded more than $300 million to organizations and initiatives in the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa and Montana. Helmsley’s Vulnerable Children in Sub-Saharan Africa Program invests in evidence-based interventions that provide at-risk children with greater access to education, improved food and nutrition, and clean water and sanitation. The program has supported initiatives in Kenya, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Angola, and Ethiopia. For more information, visit www.helmsleytrust.org.
About Feeding South Dakota
Feeding South Dakota is the state’s largest charitable hunger relief organization whose mission is to eliminate hunger in South Dakota with distribution centers in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City. In 2016, Feeding South Dakota secured and distributed over 13.5 million pounds of quality nutritious donated and purchased food providing 11.3 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.
Associate Program Officer, Helmsley Charitable Trust
Development Director, Feeding South Dakota
(605) 335-0364, ext. 106