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SD Food Shelf Shares Ways to Make Impactful Donations


Monday, December 26, 2022   

This month, Congress gave final approval to a plan to further promote food donations and reduce waste.

In South Dakota, a local food shelf says individuals can do their part by following key tips before dropping off items.

The federal policy extends liability protections to companies, farmers, restaurants and others who want to donate extra food but worry about legal fallout if someone becomes sick.

At the local level, people who want to help are urged to keep a few things in mind.

Mary Erickson - a staff member of the Alcester Hudson Food Pantry in eastern South Dakota - said fresh produce is something everyone needs, but can sometimes be a risky gamble for donations.

"Fresh fruit and stuff goes bad really quick, because we don't know when they're going to come - our clients," said Erickson. "So we do canned fruit, canned vegetables."

Hunger-fighting groups say it depends on the size of the operation, what type of systems they have to keep things cool and how often they serve clients.

People who donate are urged to ask ahead of time if they're unsure.

Erickson said monetary donations are also important, because they can help food shelves cover their operating costs.

Erickson said places like hers always can use non-food items as well.

"Personal items, like shampoo and things like that - toilet paper is a big one," said Erickson. "Things that food stamps won't buy."

She's referring to what are now called SNAP benefits.

The federal efforts and local guidance come amid concerns about an upward trend in food insecurity.

A recent Census Pulse Survey found 12 million U.S. families with kids reporting not having enough to eat, compared to just under 10 million a year ago.

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