Feeding South Dakota uses two facilities in Sioux Falls, including a Food Pantry that is housed in a building more than 100 years old and located in the downtown redevelopment district. Our Food Bank, located in a separate building, has literally outgrown itself—
distributing 1.8 million pounds of food when it was built in 1994 to 7.7 million pounds today.
- With a significant increase in 5-day emergency food assistance, the layout of our Food Pantry no longer allows for efficient storage or distribution of food.
- Providing quality service at the pantry that also affords dignity and privacy is challenging due to space constraints.
- Growth and expansion of our BackPack Program and Senior Box Program has been limited because of a lack of space to sort and pack food packages.
- Oftentimes, truckloads of food either need to be turned down—or stored off-site at an additional cost—due to a lack of space.
Feeding South Dakota can eliminate these barriers with a new, 40–50,000 square foot facility that combines both the Food Pantry and the Food Bank. Not only will we be able to grow the comprehensive services we offer, but we also expect to see the impacting results our clients have experienced as a result of our new facility in Rapid City. We will also see a significant reduction in costs by maintaining one building instead of two and not paying for off-site storage.