Money From Upcoming Fundraiser To Cover Unpaid School Lunch Bills


Updated at 2:16 p.m.

A local business is contributing to the Hungry Hearts fundraiser.

On Tuesday afternoon, Black Hills Federal Credit Union made a donation to the cause ahead of an upcoming event.

Thursday’s fundraiser is part of The Barrel House’s ongoing commitment that started two years ago. In that time, it’s raised more than $270,000 to help feed school children in Sioux Falls.

KELOLAND’s Don Jorgensen is talking with The Barrel House’s owner about what prompted him to start Hungry Hearts and why he’s doing a second fundraiser this school year.  Look for that story new on KELOLAND News at 5. 

Published at 11:37 a.m.

A Sioux Falls restaurant is adding a fundraiser to pay off delinquent lunch accounts.

The owner of the Barrel House, Mark Fonder, has hosted similar events in the past.  He decided to do this next one when he recently heard about issues at a school district on the other side of the state.

The Lead-Deadwood School District is considering using a collection agency to get the money back from families. Unpaid accounts total $7,800.  The school board recently discussed having a bill collector seek payments and handle cases in small claims court.  

On Thursday, February 28, the restaurant will donate 50 percent of all sales to Hungry Hearts, which helps cover unpaid lunch debts in Sioux Falls.  The restaurant also plans to match 100 percent of every free will donation.  There will also be silent auction items from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.  

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