Feeding America

Volunteer Spotlight

Diana Nelson - CHS Eastern Farmers

Feeding South Dakota is so fortunate to benefit from the generosity of many individuals every year.  This generosity comes in many ways including financial donations and donations of time.  However donations are made there is always one thing all these donors have in common and that is a passion to eliminate hunger in South Dakota.  Please join us in a moment to celebrate with us one of our passionate supporters.


Diana Nelson

Years connected to Feeding South Dakota:

7 years

Current Employer (if applicable to connection to Feeding South Dakota):

CHS Eastern Farmers

How did you get involved/connected with Feeding South Dakota?:

The company I work for has participated in CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign each March since 2011.  I became involved at work to help organize fundraisers for this campaign. The donations we receive are given to Feeding America Food Banks.

What calls you to the mission to eliminate hunger in South Dakota?:

I, myself, have been in a situation where I struggled to stretch that paycheck until the end of the month.  It is not a good place to be.  For some people, being able to get food through one of the available programs allows them the peace of mind that they don’t have to worry about feeding their children or themselves. In working with the CHS Harvest for Hunger program, I have been able to visit & tour Feeding South Dakota Sioux Falls along with several local food pantries.  I have learned more about the programs they have and the incredible need for those more fortunate to help out those that are hungry.

Favorite thing you get to do in support of the mission to eliminate hunger in South Dakota:

In working with CHS Harvest for Hunger, I enjoy seeing the enthusiasm of our employees as they work together on the mission to eliminate hunger.  We have found that by holding small events, we have a lot of fun together and it doesn’t seem like work at all.  The people attending the events are having fun. 

Tell us something interesting you would like to share about yourself and/or your background:

I live on a farm in Valley Springs with my husband.  We have 6 children and 5 grandchildren all living in the area.  I recently spent a week in Haiti on a mission trip where we held a mobile clinic, helped reconstruct a clinic and served lunch at a children’s weekend food program.  It was incredible to see some of their living conditions and their need for food, clothing and medical supplies.  No matter where we live, all people are the same.  There are those that are fortunate and those that are less fortunate.  Although I don’t see the destitution here, I know there are people here that are just as needy and hungry.  It was an enlightening experience for me and a reminder to keep my eyes open, look around, see the need, and help those people whenever possible.

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