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Plant Some Extra in Your Garden to Share

Photo: People can help those that are hungry by adding a row to their garden this spring. Photo by GDNS.
Photo: People can help those that are hungry by adding a row to their garden this spring. Photo by GDNS.
May 21, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - To celebrate its 40th anniversary and help feed hungry people, Feeding South Dakota is starting its "Plant A Row" campaign with a goal of receiving 40,000 pounds of fresh produce.

The organizations Development Director Kerri DeGraff says while the organization normally asks for non-perishable foods, it does have the means to ship produce around the state.

"Over 70 percent of those we serve lack access to healthier foods, or choose to purchase less nutritious and less quality foods due to the sheer cost of those foods," says DeGraff.

Feeding South Dakota has centers in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Pierre.

DeGraff says although fresh produce has a shorter shelf life, the need across the state pushes her organization to quickly ship and distribute food to those who are food insecure.

"We will have anywhere between 80-to-100 families coming through a week, or we distribute it out to an organization that is doing a food distribution," says DeGraff. "So one of our nonprofit partners that we know is doing a food distribution within that week and we will push that produce out to that."

The campaign is asking people to dedicate a row of their garden to help one of their three facilities across the state, or their local food pantry.

Jerry Oster, Public News Service - SD