September is Hunger Action month all across the country where everyone is encouraged to join their local food bank in the fight against hunger. Feeding South Dakota has tons of opportunities to volunteer this month. You can check out their calendar of 30 ways to help in 30 days. There will also be food drives, coloring contests for kids and a weekly volunteer drive for South Dakota's BackPack program. Every week, Feeding South Dakota supplies 5,000 backpacks full of food to children in Rapid City and Sioux Falls. The BackPack Program is designed to fill the hunger gap that exists from Friday evenings until Monday mornings when children are back in school and have access to the breakfast and lunch programs. Volunteers from the Sioux Falls community packed 3,388 bags for children living in the area Tuesday night.
"We have people on the line. Each person is responsible for putting a food item into the bag. People at the end of the line are tying the bags and putting them into the containers. The people walking the line are doing the same thing. They are just walking the line and putting the food items into the bag," said Denise Gross, a backpack volunteer from Midcontinent Communications.
Many businesses around the community team together to volunteer with Feeding South Dakota, but it's also a great chance for friends and families to come together and volunteer.
"I think it restores ones faith in the future of kids. A lot of parents like to bring their kids so they can see what other kids have to eat for the weekend. I think it lets them know how fortunate they really are," said Gross.
"Coming out tonight for the first time and seeing all these wonderful people spending their evenings giving their evenings to the children of Sioux Falls. It just makes me feel a really big part of this community," said Deena Perry, a first time volunteer at the BackPack Program.
About 40-50 volunteers come in every Tuesday night to pack the bags, then warehouse staff members deliver the bags to 37 schools in Sioux Falls, serving children ages 3-18. Out of the 3,388 bags packed, about 3,100 bags are for students living in Sioux Falls. The remaining 300 backpacks go to children in the surrounding communities. This year Feeding South Dakota Sioux Falls is packing 200 more bags in September compared to what they started with last year for the 2012-2013 school year. They've also added a new community this year. Tea will be receiving 48 bags this week. Each week, the Sioux Falls pantry distributes between 12,000-15,000 pounds of food each week through the BackPack Program. So along with volunteers, they also need continued food donations to keep up with this program.
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