Feeding South Dakota Moves to One Mobile Food Distribution in Rapid City / Rapid Valley
Organization cancels neighborhood food distributions until further notice
Rapid City, SD [March 27, 2020] – In an effort to centralize community support for rising numbers of people in need of food assistance, Feeding South Dakota is cancelling all regularly scheduled neighborhood distributions in Rapid City and Rapid Valley that would take place the week beginning March 30th and replacing them with one weekly distribution to be held on Wednesday, April 1st from 10-12pm at the Central States Fairgrounds. This distribution will take place in drive-through fashion with each family receiving one box of food, maximum two boxes of food per vehicle.
While we will not ask guests for a photo ID, staff and volunteers will be asking for, and tracking, first and last names, household size and will also ask for a verbal declaration of household income as government food commodities may be added to the distribution menu. Guests are welcome to visit the mobile food distribution once, every other week. We hope these distributions supplement existing resources for families who need extra help during this time of uncertainty.
We understand that this is a substantial change in the way that we have operated our mobile food distributions but find it absolutely necessary to ensure safety for our staff, volunteers and for guests in need of food. We also fully acknowledge that the current and future demand for food resources will eventually outweigh our capacity to provide if we do not implement this change.
We are grateful for partnerships with the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, Central States Fairgrounds, Black Hills Area Community Foundation and the Rapid City Collective Impact team, Mayor Steve Allender and the City of Rapid City, the Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office for all that they are doing to help keep order and safety as the first priority to ensure those who are in need of food will receive it.
We still find ourselves in ever-changing times and will evaluate next week’s distribution model to make any necessary changes to future distributions. Continue to follow @FeedingSD on Facebook as well as online at feedingsouthdakota.org for the most current mobile food distribution notifications. We ask for the community’s patience as we continue to strive to meet the increase in demand of food assistance. We continue to encourage healthy individuals that have not had exposure to anyone with flu-like symptoms to register to volunteer today at https://feedingsouthdakota.org/how-to-help/donate-time/. Without the help of volunteers, we will not be able to serve at current or projected increased capacity. F
–Feeding South Dakota