Centralized mobile food distributions to end, transition to smaller neighborhood outreach
Sioux Falls, SD [September 28, 2020] – Following the distribution at Wells Fargo on Tuesday, September, 29, centralized food distributions will end and Feeding South Dakota will begin mobile food pantry distributions in neighborhoods throughout Sioux Falls starting on Tuesday, October 13.
In April, the organization created a centralized food distribution model to respond to the increase need in food assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic forced the organization to transition away from its fixed food pantry into a drive thru food distribution model to serve an increased number of individuals and families in need in a safe and responsible manner.
The transition in October will include offering mobile food pantry distributions in five neighborhoods throughout Sioux Falls with the plan to add additional sites over the next several months. The transition is in response to data gathered from a 2018 Sioux Falls Thrive and Feeding South Dakota food security and food access report completed by Augustana Research Institute. The first five neighborhoods were selected based on areas of the community with limited access to food resources and also understanding parts of the community where other charitable work is already taking place by Feeding South Dakota partner agencies.
The mobile food pantry distributions will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All distributions will be drive thru in nature and individuals will be asked to remain in their vehicles.
|A.||First United Methodist Church||401 S. Spring Ave.||(No Oct dist.), Nov 4, Dec 2|
|B.||King of Glory Church||1001 E. 17th St.||Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8|
|C.||Laura B Anderson Elementary School||1600 N. Wayland Pl.||Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8|
|D.||Hillcrest Church||4301 E. 26th St.||Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16|
|E.||Good News Church||1800 S. Valley View Rd.||Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 22|
“It has long been our goal to reach more individuals and families in need of food assistance where they are instead of making these folks come to us,” says Matt Gassen, CEO of Feeding South Dakota. “This is just the beginning. We are excited to see how much more we can do for those in need in Sioux Falls.”
We ask for the public’s help in making this a smooth transition. For the last several months, the USDA Farmers to Families food box program provided our organization and others with access to boxes of produce, dairy and protein options. As the program nears its end, we remain committed to providing access to food resources for individuals and families in need. Our supply of food items will continue to change as we access resources from a stressed food supply chain.
To view a listing of all mobile food distributions in South Dakota, listed in county order, visit feedingsouthdakota.org/mobile.
MEDIA INVITATION: Please contact Jennifer Stensaas 605.351.9351 for photo, video, and interview opportunities at Tuesday’s (September 29) distribution from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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.