Feeding South Dakota announces Operation End Hunger, a volunteer incentive program in Pierre, South Dakota
Pierre, SD [June 3, 2021] – Across the state, people have stepped up during the Covid-19 pandemic; but volunteers are still needed to ensure that Feeding South Dakota can continue to provide help to those who are food insecure in South Dakota. More volunteers are desperately needed in the Pierre distribution center to help prepare mobile food boxes, pack senior boxes, assist with sorting food donations, netting produce, and more.
With the help of a $20,000 Coronavirus Response Fund grant from The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF), Feeding South Dakota announces Operation End Hunger, a volunteer incentive program with focus to encourage central South Dakota residents, businesses, churches, and civic groups to return to volunteering now that the threat of the pandemic is subsiding. Beginning June 1, a $40.00 Walmart gift card will be provided to individuals for every six hours of volunteer work and will continue until all funds have been dispersed. This project is modeled after a successful incentive program that was first implemented in the Black Hills area.
“This generous gift from the South Dakota Community Foundation will greatly help us in our volunteer recruitment efforts”, said Kim Skrovig, Volunteer Coordinator, Feeding South Dakota. “We are extremely grateful for their support of our mission to end hunger, especially during these trying times.”
Individuals and/or groups can register online at www.feedingsouthdakota.org/volunteer. Children aged 11-13 can volunteer with a parent or guardian and children aged 14-17 may volunteer independently with a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. Upon successful completion of two volunteer shifts, a $40 Walmart gift card will be mailed to the address listed in the volunteer database. This incentive program is ideal for middle and high school children, church youth groups, businesses that offer time off for employees to volunteer, retired adults and individuals in between jobs.
“Food security remains a top concern during this pandemic”, said Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “We don’t want anyone to be hungry.”
For more information on this volunteer incentive program, visit www.feedingsouthdakota.org/volunteer and click on “Operation End Hunger.”
About Feeding South Dakota
Feeding South Dakota, whose mission is to end hunger in South Dakota, is the state’s largest charitable hunger relief organization. In FY20, Feeding South Dakota secured and distributed nearly 16.7 million pounds of quality nutritious donated and purchased food providing nearly 14 million meals to nearly 100,000 individuals who are food insecure in South Dakota. Feeding South Dakota distributes this food from distribution centers in Sioux Falls, Pierre, and Rapid City and through its network of agency partners across the state. For more information on Feeding South Dakota, visit feedingsouthdakota.org and find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About the SDCF
SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 1050 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2020 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/giving to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.
Feeding South Dakota Communications Coordinator