September is Hunger Action Month
This September, join Feeding South Dakota to help raise awareness of the issue of hunger in our state.
We'd like to introduce you to Kate, who, with Feeding America, is helping us spread the word about hunger in our country.
16 million children in America struggle with hunger. In South Dakota, 1 in 5 children are food insecure, meaning they do not have regular access to food.
But it's not just children who are struggling with hunger. Many individuals, families, and seniors also have this challenge. 1 in 8 South Dakota residents are food insecure and over 120,000 live in poverty.
Our goal during Hunger Action Month is to raise awareness of hunger in all of South Dakota. View our "30 Ways in 30 Days" Calendar (available in August) to find out how you can help us feed those who are hungry, like Kate.
Hunger Action Month Events:
- Coloring Contest: We have 2 coloring pages available in August: one for K - 2nd graders and another for 3rd - 5th graders. These sheets can be submitted to one of our offices by September 20th to be entered into a contest. If desired, names and ages for the artist can be submitted. Feeding South Dakota staff will pick a few pictures in each category to be posted on Facebook. The winning pictures will be announced on September 30th and will be featured on our website and in our newsletter.
- Host a Food Drive: Each day during September, we are looking for businesses or organizations to host a food drive to help fill the shelves at our pantries. View our Food & Fund Drive Toolkit to find out how you can help and contact our Development team to sign-up.
- Movie Night: Gather your family and friends to join us at one of our free movie nights in Rapid City or Sioux Falls. Rapid City will be holding a carnival along with a movie night at Main Street Square on Friday, September 20th starting at 5:30 (movie to start at dusk). Sioux Falls is hosting their event earlier thanks to a partnership with the Canaries. The Sioux Falls movie night will be held on July 27th following the game (approximately 8:00). For more information or to share these events, contact our office.
Events of Hunger Action Month are sponsored by First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard.