Community distributions move to Wells Fargo operations center through September 29
Sioux Falls, SD [August 12, 2020] – Since mid-March, Feeding South Dakota, a member in the Feeding America national network of 200 food banks, has seen an increase of 2.5 times the normal volume of individuals and families in need of food assistance. With the help of many individuals and organizations, the non-profit has distributed 5.9 million pounds of food providing 4.9 million meals to hungry South Dakotans. This is an increase of more than 57% in pounds distributed from this same period last year.
In an effort to pool resources to maintain the supply chain while meeting the increased demand for food assistance caused by COVID-19, centralized community food distributions began in April. Feeding South Dakota partnered with the Helpline Center, Corona Help SF, Faith Temple, Salvation Army, the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds and Fareway stores to serve the Sioux Falls area community. “Since June, Fareway has donated the use of their building while constructing a replacement grocery store at 41st Street and Ellis Road. “We are grateful to Fareway for lending us this beautiful space to allow us to continue to feed the 800-1,000 families we serve every Tuesday and Thursday,” says Jennifer Stensaas, communications coordinator, Feeding South Dakota. “Fareway’s impact to thousands of families in our area is immeasurable.”
Beginning Tuesday, August 18 and continuing until Tuesday, September 29, food distributions will take place at the Wells Fargo Operations Center parking lot located at 3401 North 4th Avenue in Sioux Falls. Guests are asked to enter the parking lot using North 1st Avenue. See map, below.
In select cities around the country this summer, Wells Fargo launched Drive-Up Food Bank programs to help families who are facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with Feeding America and its network of food banks, Wells Fargo will turn many of its locations across the country — like the one in Sioux Falls — into mobile food distribution centers with the goal of providing 50 million meals to individuals and families.
“No one should have to choose between feeding their family or other basic necessities,” said Corey Heaton, region bank president for Wells Fargo in South Dakota. “Wells Fargo has a long-standing commitment to help our local communities — especially during challenging times. We are glad to bring nourishment for many South Dakota families and hope this modest gesture lifts spirits and reminds people that they are not alone.”
To receive food assistance, guests are asked to pre-register at https://www.helplinecenter.org/foodsf/ for their first visit to the community distribution and can return every other week until September 29. Individuals aged 18 and older are required to check in to each distribution using a photo ID. Proxy pick-ups will not be allowed due to the fact that TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) product is distributed from time to time. Individuals must be present to self-declare their household size and household income to receive these government commodities.
Beginning in October, the centralized community distribution will cease and transition to a network of neighborhood distributions with the hopes of going to where hunger lives. Locations included in the neighborhood distributions will be announced toward the end of September. Guests will be asked to visit a location nearest them, once each calendar month. The Food Pantry in Sioux Falls will remain permanently closed.
Volunteers are needed to help prepare for these mobile distributions. We encourage healthy individuals that have not had exposure to anyone with flu-like symptoms or COVID-19 to register and sign up today at feedingsouthdakota.org/volunteer.
“We ask for the community’s patience as we continue to strive to meet the increase in demand for food assistance, said Stensaas. “Feeding South Dakota understands that these continue to be challenging times for so many families in our community and state.”
Follow @FeedingSD on Facebook and online at feedingsouthdakota.org/mobile for the most current mobile food distribution notifications.
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 FY19, Feeding South Dakota secured and distributed nearly 15.4 million pounds of quality nutritious donated and purchased food providing 12.8 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.