This is hunger awareness month and one group is looking at fighting food insecurity in a different way. Instead of gathering food, they’re collecting kitchen supplies.
Over 2,500 people in Yankton deal with food insecurity. While there are food pantries, most are not able to cook the food they receive.
“We were trying to do nutrition education and we’re trying to provide them with food. What we were finding is the feedback is that they may not have what they need in order to make that food,” Carla Hummel, Yankton Hunger Collaborative, said.
To combat this, the Yankton food collaborative is holding a drive collecting cooking supplies.
“We want to give them the tools they need along with that education so that they can have a successful nutrition education that’s going to be taken home and utilized,” Hummel said.
The donated cooking supplies will go to different service agencies in Yankton, such as Pathway’s shelter for the homeless.
“To me, it’s actually really exciting to think that somebody could open up this box, a child could, and they maybe discover they have a passion for cooking. Something they didn’t know they enjoyed doing because they never got the opportunity to do so,” Joseph Tielke, Pathways Shelter for the Homeless, said.
Donations can be dropped off at Walmart, here at the United Ways Yankton offices, or at the Yankton extension office through the end of the month.
Here are a few examples of the items you can donate; cooking utensils, can openers, baking sheets and gently used pots and pans. Again, you have until the end of this month to make a donation.