Holiday Rush Sets Record At SF Food Pantry
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
November 26, 2013 4:46 PM
Thanksgiving is a chance to sit down with family and friends while enjoying a great traditional feast. But, for some making such a feast means getting a helping hand from the local food pantry.
“We have volunteers helping to distribute holiday boxes to individuals coming through our food pantry,” said Kerri DeGraff from Feeding South Dakota.
Volunteers from AT&T are doing what they can do at the Sioux Falls Food Pantry, from freezing turkeys to stocking shelves.
“It's extremely rewarding. We just feel blessed to be able to help,” said Michelle Reiman.
On Monday over 300 people came to the food pantry, that's a record for the Sioux Falls Food Pantry.
“50% of those were kids,” said DeGraff.
“They're lined up there today, too. So, we're here to help,” said Reiman.
With families looking to provide a big meal on the holiday, the food pantry is a popular place the days before turkey day.
‘The need is definitely there and we just continue to see it rise. So, we're just so grateful for generous community volunteers and of course just the overall community in supporting our efforts,” said Degraff.
Feeding South Dakota provides meals for 100,000 people a year and the Tuesday before Thanksgiving is a day when people are looking for a little extra help.