SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Helping fight hunger is a never-ending battle and it’s one that can’t be done alone.
Walmart is working with the Feeding America network to help raise money and food for food banquets across the nation.
For Feeding South Dakota the season of giving is never over.
“Springtime is kind of a pivotal time for us where all of the food drive food that we’ve had during that holiday season has now diminished and gone away; it’s been distributed. Everybody’s in that giving spirit during Thanksgiving and Christmas and really wants to give back and, while that’s great, we continue to educate our communities: Hunger happens all year round,” Communications Coordinator for Feeding South Dakota Jennifer Stensaas said.
For the sixth year in a row, Walmart and Feeding South Dakota have teamed up to fight hunger and spark change.
“They partner with all food banks in the Feeding America network to raise funds for each food bank across the country,” Stensaas said.
“One in nine South Dakotans is food insecure, and about half of those are kids. So any way that we can get good partners like Walmart to help us secure food, to help with that, it’s a great way,” Feeding South Dakota Board Member Jim Stavenger said.
Over the past five years, they’ve provided over 700 million meals across the nation through the Feeding America Network for those unable to provide for themselves.
“It has done wonders across the country for all of the food banks. Last year, in South Dakota alone we were able to raise over one hundred thousand dollars,” Stensaas said.
Making huge impacts across the nation, and especially at home.
“The value for us is that all of the money stays local in South Dakota. So, it’s another way for us at Feeding South Dakota to access resources to secure food to feed people in need,” Stavenger said.
“It’s very worthwhile and it’s heartwarming to know that there’s just so many in the community that are willing to try and make a difference,” Stavenger said.