Lonnie has lived in South Dakota most of his life and is proudly raising his family in Sioux Falls. For many years, times were good. Lonnie worked hard at the local Children’s Hospital, and his wife worked full-time to provide for their two young children. Lonnie and his family's life took a turn for the worse when a sudden heart attack caused Lonnie to stop working. Before he could fully recover, he was also diagnosed with cancer. To take care of Lonnie and the family, his wife quit her job, and the family has struggled to make ends meet ever since.
“I thank you from the bottom of my heart.” - Lonnie
Vicki has never been one to shy away from the burden of responsibility. She attacks daily challenges with fierce determination — knowing all the while that people depend on her. In better times, she’s even shared surplus food from her refrigerator with neighborhood kids in need.
"Kindhearted provider does it all, thanks to you. Your generosity saw Vicki’s family through troubled times". - Vicki
As winter winds whip through the northern plains, many South Dakotans face a devastating choice: should they pool their limited resources toward heating the house for another month? Or should they buy groceries for the family? It’s a sad truth that oftentimes, both options aren’t possible.
You have the power to change that, through your ongoing support of Feeding South Dakota! Thanks to you, hungry men, women, children, and families won’t have to choose between wholesome meals and a toasty-warm home this winter. That’s because every dollar you give to Feeding South Dakota provides four meals for hungry neighbors
Life hasn’t been easy for Bill and Brande, but they’re doing everything they can to make it through tough times. “Food isn’t as cheap as it used to be,” Bill says. “Throw in gas and bills — and money gets really tight,” Brande adds. Like many other struggling families across South Dakota, Bill has a full-time job. He works in a warehouse. Even still, the family hasn’t been able to keep up with rising prices and expenses. They have a couple of growing boys with big appetites, too, making the monthly strain on their budget ever tighter.
Alessandra has a big smile on her face. Even though she’s barely 9 years old, she knows how much Feeding South Dakota means to her parents. “I like coming here. They have a lot of yummy treats,” she says. When asked about her favorite healthy food, she doesn’t hesitate: “Salad and apples. But . . . candy is my favorite.”
Thank you for providing for us during a time of transition. My name is Chantel. This is my first time at the Food Pantry. I’ve always been the person who gives, but right now I need to receive help. Knowing there’s help when we really need it is a reassuring feeling.