If you ask Brandon Area Food Pantry Director Linda Weber what she sees, she will tell about the shame some people feel when they walk in.
"He said, 'I'm a father. I'm the head of the family and I need help.' I said, 'Good. Let's go do our shopping,'" Weber said, referring to a person who utilizes the pantry.
Proof that many families need more than just a bite to eat.
"Many people walk in here with their head down. By the time they leave, their heads are up. They know they can come back. We treat people the way they should be treated," Weber said.
While many people in the Sioux Falls area turn to the Sioux Falls Food Pantry, other communities outside of the larger areas need support, too. This food pantry not only helps people in Brandon, but also in Valley Springs, Corson, Rowena and Renner. Weber and her volunteers keep the shelves as full as they can. Some months are harder than others. Brandon may be just a short drive from Sioux Falls, but Weber said it is not too far from what many cities in America are facing.
"Recession; it's still with us. Let's just put it that way, I mean, people are still losing their jobs; people are losing their businesses. People are getting cut down on their benefits. Many, many things, and they just need help," Weber said.
According to Feeding South Dakota, one in seven people are food insecure in the state. Weber said we are approaching the time of year when she sees a lot of people.
"I didn't really believe until five years ago, and for five years now, there was a need in Brandon, because Brandon is so affluent. That's what everyone says, and it's really not so," Weber said.
It takes a lot of work to keep this place going, but Weber is proud of all of the community support.
"We always have a lot of canned goods. We could use other things, but we're very grateful and very thankful," Weber said.