Vern Eide is well-recognized company that's been in Sioux Falls for 46 years. And its employees have made giving back to a community a part of their weekly lives.
"It makes me proud to be an employee of Vern Eide. I come from previous sales experience and we never really had that connection with the community. So it's definitely a good thing to feel that you are representing a bigger deal on a personal level," Vern Eide employee Lee French said.
Vern Eide's employees help out at the Good Shepherd Center twice a week by giving their time to serve, which does more than just feed those who are hungry.
"It's kind of humbling in a way actually, because you know these people are just like me and something could happen to me some day where I'll be the one in need. And I'll be the one that needs help and it's really easy," Vern Eide employee Gregg Allison said.
"For me it kind of puts me in check. I try to get here a couple of times a month. And to come down here and realize maybe my life isn't so bad where it's at. Sometimes it just puts things into perspective; very humbling experience and it just makes you feel better as a person," French said.
With the donations from Vern Eide, the Good Shepherd Center is able to help more people in need.
"Of course the guests love being able to have another meal or even two meals during the week. But even for the employees, it's an eye-opener for them. Sometimes there is an apprehension for them when they show up and then all of a sudden they are like, 'this isn't as bad as I thought,'" Good Shepherd Center Executive Director Maria Krell said.
And for Allison and French it's more than just serving a warm meal.
"There is a lesson in it for everybody. It's amazing to me actually as so much has been given back to the community and you know the community has given to us. So it's been very good to us," Allison said.
For more information on how to help, visit the The Good Shepherd Center's website.