Feeding South Dakota to Introduce New Mobile Food Pantry Program Wednesday

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News)  Feeding South Dakota will announce a new Mobile Food Pantry Program during a news conference tomorrow morning.  The new Mobile Food Pantry Program will meet the needs of hungry individuals and families in many rural areas of the state.  Feeding South Dakota says the program will distribute 650,000 pounds of food each year, which means nearly 550,000 meals will be made available for people in need.

The program is the result of funding that was provided by the 2012 State Legislature.  The Emergency Food Assistance Grant Program paid for a refrigerated beverage truck that will be used to distribute perishable foods like dairy products, fruits, vegetables and meats.  The truck will be based at Feeding South Dakota’s Pierre Food Bank.  The Food Assistance Grant Program will also provide operational funding support for the mobile food pantry for three years.  Feeding South Dakota says it will continue the program after that time and will look for more grant opportunities and seek community funding support to keep the program running after the initial three year period ends.

Currently, food distributions through the new mobile program are planned in McIntosh, Little Eagle, Ipswich, Redfield, Cherry Creek, Lower Brule, Reliance, Wanblee, Martin/Tuthill, Parmelee, Fort Thompson and St. Francis.  Other communities where residents are in need may be added in the future.  The first mobile food distribution will take place on Thursday at the Cherry Creek Community Center from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

District 23 State Senator Corey Brown of Gettysburg will be part of tomorrow’s announcement of the new mobile food pantry, as will former State Representative Susy Blake and Matt Gassen-who is Executive Director of Feeding South Dakota.

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