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Sioux Falls employees volunteer with Feeding South Dakota

Sep 25, 2020 |
ic Dan Rausch and Sheila Carlson

Last week, 19 Sioux Falls employees and four family members volunteered their time with Feeding South Dakota, a hunger relief organization working to eliminate food insecurity in the state.

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“It was an amazing operation and very humbling to see the vast need for assistance in our community,” said Chief Financial Officer Brain Bird, who was one of the volunteers and is a member of the Feeding South Dakota Board of Directors.

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Employees volunteered at Feeding South Dakota’s mobile distribution location where they loaded food items into guests’ vehicles. Guests received two boxes of dry goods, eggs and bread. The event was outside, with volunteers and guests wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

ic Jean Melton

In addition to the time spent volunteering, NorthWestern Energy will be sending Feeding South Dakota a donation in the amount of $4,375. This donation is made possible by personal donations, matching dollars and a Team grant. According to the Feeding South Dakota website, this money will fund in excess of 12,000 meals.

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Since the pandemic hit in mid-March, Feeding South Dakota has seen an increase of 2.5 times the normal volume of individuals and families in need of food assistance. With the help of organizations including NorthWestern Energy, the non-profit has distributed 5.9 million pounds of food, providing 4.9 million meals to hungry South Dakotans. This is an increase of more than 57% in pounds distributed from this same period last year.

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“Although we were all masked up, it was a nice change of pace to be able to see so many co-workers, albeit from a social distance and outside,” Brian said.

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