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South Dakota Farmers Union donates to Feeding South Dakota

South Dakota Farmers Union President, Doug Sombke (left), presents $5,000 check to Matt Gassen (right), Executive Director of Feeding South Dakota during the South Dakota Farmers Union Convention held in Aberdeen Nov. 20-21, 2014. Courtesy photo

During the 2014 South Dakota Farmers Union Convention, those who dedicate their lives to food production donated $5,000 to Feeding South Dakota to help struggling families.

"To know that we have the support of South Dakota farmers and ranchers is humbling," said Matt Gassen, Executive Director of Feeding South Dakota. "These are the men and women who work the land and raise the livestock to help us feed struggling South Dakotans – and ultimately the world."

Each year, Feeding South Dakota provides meals to more than 190,000 South Dakotans. The $5,000 donation will help supply food to the more than 350 nonprofit organizations across the state that Feeding South Dakota provides food to each year. "We are a private, nonprofit who distributes donated food to both individuals and nonprofit charitable organizations as part of the Feeding America network," explained Gassen.

Each year during their state convention, South Dakota Farmers Union selects a nonprofit within the state to contribute to. In light of the 2014 convention theme, Family Farmers Feeding the World, Doug Sombke said Feeding South Dakota was a natural fit.

"Helping neighbors in need is something all farmers and ranchers can relate to – in rural America we depend upon our neighbors in good times and in bad," Sombke said. "Through this donation, we as farmers, ranchers and South Dakota Farmers Union members are helping our neighbors who may be struggling to feed their families."

Along with donations of non-perishable food items, Feeding South Dakota utilizes dollar donations to cover the transportation costs of donated food items they receive from large food manufacturers through the Feeding America network. "Feeding America has created partnerships with virtually all food manufacturers. When there is a mistake in labeling or if there are overruns in production, these manufacturers cannot sell the food, so they donate it to Feeding America. We just have to cover the transportation costs," he explained.

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To learn how you can give non-perishable food items or dollars to Feeding South Dakota, visit http://www.feedingsouthdakota.org.

–S.D. Farmers Union