Giving Back for October

Oct. 31, 2019

Giving Back recognizes businesses and organizations that are helping our communities. Here’s a look at who gave back for October.

Bite Squad

Bite Squad has launched its Share Thanksgiving food drive campaign. For every order through Nov. 22, the food-delivery service will make a donation that will go toward buying meals for families in need. During Thanksgiving week, Bite Squad will team with local restaurants to deliver free hot meals. Bite Squad teams will work with local organizations in the cities they serve to identify families who need assistance – and anyone can also nominate a family they know at

Hy-Vee/Hormel Foods

Hy-Vee Inc. and Hormel Foods are donating more than 11,000 pounds of Skippy creamy peanut butter to food banks across the grocer’s eight-state region. The donation is part of a hunger program created by Hormel, the makers of Skippy. Earlier this year, Hy-Vee participated in a sales promotion with Skippy, and as a result was provided more than 11,000 pounds of peanut butter to be distributed to food banks in 11 communities. The food bank in Yankton will be among the sites that will each receive 1,000 pounds of peanut butter.

mikeroweWORKS Foundation

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation has awarded 10 scholarships to technical students in South Dakota. The Finish Strong Scholarship was open to students entering their second year at one of South Dakota’s four technical institutes. The program was funded by the foundation created by celebrity Mike Rowe, the former host of the TV series “Dirty Jobs,” and matched by the state of South Dakota’s Future Fund for a total of $50,000 in scholarships. The Finish Strong Scholarship came to life after Rowe’s visit to South Dakota last year in support of the New Day in Tech Ed campaign.

Rudy M. Navarette’s Tex-Mexican Restaurant

Rudy M. Navarette’s Tex-Mexican Restaurant is hosting its annual fundraiser Nov. 10 to buy new brand-name tennis shoes for kids at The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire. Owner Rudy Navarette will donate 50 percent of sales from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. to the effort. The restaurant at 2209 W. 57th St. also donates 10 percent of sales from 4 to 9 p.m. every Monday to charities. Next month’s lineup includes The Community Outreach on Nov. 4, Paralyzed Veterans of America on Nov. 11, Ronald McDonald House Charities on Nov. 18 and The Banquet on Nov. 25.

Severance Brewing Co.

The Alzheimer’s Association South Dakota Chapter was featured as Severance Brewing Co.’s Give Back Tap for September and received $1,000 from the downtown brewery. September’s donation has special meaning for the brewery because three of the four owners have grandparents who have been afflicted by the disease. Since opening in August, Severance also has given back to Children’s Home Society. The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society has been the featured tap in October, and Midwest Honor Flight will be featured in November. If you have a worthy cause, you can submit a request at

Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club

The Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club has donated a complete Learn-To-Ride Program, including 22 Strider bicycles, helmets and curriculum, to Laura B. Anderson Elementary. The donation will help about 400 kindergarten students learn to ride a bike over the next five years.

Smithfield Foods

Employees of Smithfield Foods Inc. across the company’s domestic operations collected more than 130,000 pounds of food to donate to Feeding America foods banks. The effort was in support of Hunger Action Month, a campaign designed to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 37 million Americans, including more than 11 million children, are food insecure.

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