Summer BackPack Program

 

** THIS PAGE CONTINUES TO BE UPDATED AS ADDTIONAL INFORMATION
BECOMES AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER MONTHS **

 

During the school year, nearly 5,000 children in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City receive packages of nutritious and kid-friendly food on a weekly basis through backpacks programs. When classrooms empty for the summer, access to school meals is limited. Statistics show that only one in seven children who ate free or reduced lunch during the school year also have the opportunity to participate in a summer meal program. This adds further strain to families who are already struggling to put food on the table. Here's a peak at how we're working to address weekend hunger during the summer months across the state.

We are thankful to Celebrate Community Church in Sioux Falls, the Capital Area United Way in Pierre and the many individuals, businesses and organizations in Rapid City for sponsoring shelf-stable food packages that will be distributed at the following locations, first come first served. We are grateful for their continued support to feed children in need in South Dakota.

For a statewide directory of free summer meals only, please visit https://doe.sd.gov/cans/sfsp.aspx and click on "Free Feeding Sites" OR visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks. Check back often, the information provided is updated throughout the summer!

Sioux Falls 

LOCATION ADDRESS DATES BACKPACKS AVAILABLE
Anne Sullivan Elementary 3701 E 3rd St June 3 - August 2 Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm
Food Service Center 1101 N Western Ave June 3 - August 2 Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm
Hawthorne Elementary 601 N Spring June 3 - August 2 Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm
Hayward Elementary 400 N Valley View Rd June 3 - August 2 Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm
Laura B Anderson Elementary 1600 N Wayland Ave June 3 - August 2 Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm
Terry Redlin Elementary 1721 E Austin St June 3 - August 2 Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm (July 4th distribution will be July 3rd.)
Boys & Girls Club 700 S Sneve Ave May 28 - August 2 Thursdays
Embe (Downtown) 300 W 11th St May 28 - August 16 Thursdays
Our Savior's Lutheran Church 909 W 33rd St May 28 - August 16 Thursdays
Volunteers of America Dakotas Youth Center 1309 W 51st St June 3 - August 16 Fridays 12pm-6pm
Brandon Elementary 501 Holly Blvd, Brandon, SD June 3 - July 26 Thursdays 11-12:30pm

Pierre

LOCATION ADDRESS DATES BACKPACKS AVAILABLE
South Dakota Urban Indian Health 1714 Abbey Road, Pierre May 30 - August 23 Thursdays & Fridays (Excl. July 4)
Southeast Pierre United Methodist Church 2315 E Park St, Pierre May 30 - August 23 Thursdays & Fridays (Excl. July 4)
Pat Duffy Community & Youth Involved Center 19 E Main St, Fort Pierre May 30 - August 23 Thursdays & Fridays (Excl. July 4)
Oahe Family YMCA 900 E Church St, Pierre May 30 - August 23 Thursdays & Fridays (Excl. July 4)

Rapid City

LOCATION ADDRESS DATES BACKPACKS AVAILABLE
Canyon Lake Elementary 1500 Evergreen Dr June 3 - June 28 Fridays 11:15am-12:15pm
South Middle School 2 Indiana St June 3 - August 27 Fridays 11am-12:30pm
South Park Elementary 207 Flormann St June 3 - August 27 Fridays 11:15am-12:15pm
Knollwood Elementary 1701 Downing St June 3 - July 19 Fridays 11:15am-12:15pm
North Middle School 1501 N Maple Ave June 3 - June 27 Thursdays 12pm-12:30pm
Central High School 433 Mt Rushmore Rd June 10 - June 27; July 1
& 2; July 8 - July 19
Thursdays 11am-12:15pm
YMCA 815 Kansas City St June 3 - August 23 Fridays 11:30am-12:30pm
YMCA Wellfully 22 Waterloo St June 3 - August 16 Fridays 11:45am-1:30pm 
YFS Headstart 410 E Monroe June 3 - August 23 Fridays 11am-12:30pm
Boys & Girls Club (Hill City) 297 Walnut Dr, Hill City June 3 - August 16 Monday - Friday