LEOLA, S.D. (KSFY) - The annual Empty Bowls Event raises money to provide food for Feeding South Dakota's Mobile Food Pantry.
"Last year I was made aware of Feeding South Dakota as they were in Harriet, my parents were volunteers," said Jackie Rau, volunteer with Feeding South Dakota in Leola.
When Jackie Rau heard about the Mobile Food Pantry, she knew her community could benefit from it.
"I saw what a wonderful program it was, and worked with Pierre to get it in Leola," said Rau.
Now she leads a team of volunteers providing food for the town of Leola.
Volunteer Richard Jasmer tells KSFY he loves spending his day handing out food to his neighbors.
"Helping other people out is kind of a priority in my life," said Richard Jasmer, volunteer.
He's been helping the Mobile Food Pantry since it started coming to Leola.
"It's really exciting to be able to see these people come in and how appreciative they are of the food that we're being able to give them," Jasmer said.
He and Jackie, along with the rest of the team, will continue working hard to make sure their neighbors can eat. Jackie is hoping to see the program grow and expand.
"I'm hoping to keep growing it, our very first Feeding South Dakota activity we had 40 people, and today I know we had 80," Rau said.
The next Empty Bowls Event is in Pierre on Feb. 12. Tickets are ten dollars and includes a bowl of soup, bread and dessert along with a ceramic hand-painted bowl, the money raised will go towards the Mobile Food Pantry.