SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – (DRG News) This weekend brings the third annual Good Neighbor Food Drive at 13 Walmart stores across the state. Items that are collected will be donated to Feeding South Dakota Food Pantries and their member agencies. Last year, more than 26,000 pounds of food were gathered in South Dakota from 12 Walmart stores that participated. That resulted in nearly 22,000 meals for needy individuals. Jim Dawson, Eastern Operations Manager of Feeding South Dakota says food drives like those across the state this weekend help to ensure that Feeding South Dakota’s pantry shelves are full throughout the year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study, a record 12.7 percent of households throughout the state were identified as food insecure between 2009 and 2011. That is a 2.4% increase from the 2006-2008 level. Pierre’s Walmart will be one of the stores that will participate in the Good Neighbor Food Drive tomorrow and Sunday. Collection bins are to be located in the entry ways of the stores. The stores are also going to provide prepackaged and pre-priced bags of assorted food items that customers can pick up as they check out. Feeding South Dakota has distribution centers in Pierre, Sioux Falls and Rapid City and is the state’s largest charitable hunger relief organization.
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