The fresh food and produce you help provide helps jean's Grankids thrive. Jean worked the night shift at a nursing home in Mitchell for 31 years before retiring to take in three young grandchildren. Now, at 71, she is struggling to raise them on her own, and has learned first-hand how hard it is to make ends meet on a limited fixed income. Learn more about Jean's Story in our Spring Newsletter.
When the going got tough for this South Dakota senior, your support sustained her. Deloris knows what it’s like to be dealt a difficult hand. The 71-year-old former casino manager has suffered more than her fair share of tragedy in recent years, having lost her son and husband in quick succession.
“I never take more than I know I’ll need, and I so appreciate that it’s here.” —Deloris
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.