SIOUX FALLS, SD -
We put the challenge out to every one of you to help feed the need here in South Dakota, and you responded. It didn't take long before donations to Feeding South Dakota exceeded the station's goal.
Volunteers were out in front of KELOLAND Television starting at 7:00 a..m Friday, ready to handle all the donations you brought to us. As we quickly found out, if we put out a challenge to all of you, the response can be unbelievable.
To take a bite out of hunger in South Dakota, it takes the help of an entire community.
"Everybody needs help every now and then. If I can help, I'll help," Pam Sutton said.
KELOLAND's food drive benefiting Feeding South Dakota is one cause that many in Sioux Falls are able to get behind.
"I heard about it and I thought, 'We're all in this together.' We have to help out when we can," Sutton said.
Car after car pulled up to KELOLAND Television with a bag or a box full of non-perishable food items ready to be handed back to those who need it.
"We have cereals, rice, canned goods, beans, corn spaghetti and spaghetti sauce," Doug Erickson said.
For Erickson, his past experience in the Sioux Falls schools has opened his eyes to why food drives like this are so important.
"We had a number of children that came to school hungry, and when they started the breakfast program, it was one of the best things that happened," Erickson said.
When he stopped by to make his donation, he was blown away at the amount of food already there.
"That's something that can last quite awhile here in Sioux Falls. We know we have families that are in need of food here. It's good," Erickson said.
Between breakfast muffins, boxes of cereal or even potatoes and wild rice, everyone is stopping by to donate to Feeding South Dakota. Everyone has a reason to donate as well, but it's not just food going toward a great cause.
For every dollar donated to Feeding South Dakota, 6 1/2 pounds of food can be purchased, making the donation from Lloyd Companies that much more significant.
"We were first going to have all of our employees just bring a non-perishable food item. Then we thought we have 100 or so employees. Rather than bring 100 packages of food over, it would be easier to bring $1 in," Dennis Noding said.
Each employee donated a dollar, making their contribution more than $100.
At the end of the food drive, the total reached approximately 5,218 pounds of collected food for Feeding South Dakota.
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