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From staff reports
Feeding South Dakota needs more donations.
The nonprofit posted on its Facebook page that the Sioux Falls Food Pantry is “dangerously low” on cereal and canned fruits and vegetables.
“We would appreciate your help to fill our shelves,” the post said.
The Boy Scout Food Drive is Saturday, Oct. 28. Sioux Falls residents likely received door knockers this week to leave nonperishable food items such as cans of soup, vegetables and fruit, and staples such as pasta, rice or cereal to help feed hungry neighbors in need. To donate, leave the items at your front door by 9 a.m.
All of the local food items collected will be donated to Feeding South Dakota to stock the Sioux Falls Food Pantry shelves. The Food Pantry has seen a 15 percent increase in the number of individuals assisted this year compared to the previous year. From Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, the Food Pantry has provided food to 34,064 individuals. Almost half were children.
“With more people utilizing our food pantry, the need for additional food is great. Food drives like this one help make sure we can keep our shelves full throughout the year. On average, we distribute nearly 145,000 pounds of food per month, which would not be possible without the help of local organizations like the Boy Scouts. We live in a very supportive community, and we are very appreciative of that” said Megan deWit, Sioux Falls Food Pantry manager.
Last year, the Scouting for Food Drive collected 7,057 pounds of food throughout the Sioux Falls area. That helped provide 5,880 meals to hungry people in need.
Feeding South Dakota needs more donations. The nonprofit posted on its Facebook page that the Sioux Falls Food Pantry is “dangerously low” on cereal and canned fruits and vegetables.