Our charitable partners are on the front lines of hunger relief, providing food and assistance at food pantries, kitchens, shelters and other community service sites across our South Dakota counties. The Food Bank’s roughly 250 Agency Partners provide a variety of programs including grocery, meal and emergency food assistance.
Whether they serve 30 families or 30,000, all of our Agency Partners can count on Feeding South Dakota as a source of a range of food products including dry food like pasta and cereal, canned foods, meat, and produce.
Partner With Us!
If your organization is interested in becoming a Feeding South Dakota Agency Partner, begin by completing our Agency Partnership Application.
- Submit the completed Agency Partner Application.
- Receive feedback from the pre-approval screening process and resubmit any necessary forms until pre-approval is granted.
- Successfully complete food safety certification.
- Site visit completed by a Feeding South Dakota Agency Relations Coordinator.
- Must be an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization (public charity), incorporated for the purpose of serving the ill, needy, or infants (minor children).
- Must distribute food free of charge, reimbursement, compensation, donation, or require services in exchange for food; food may not be used for fundraisers or events.
- A minimum of 50% of the individuals served must be low-income. You may be asked to show you claim this percentage.
- May not use product for personal feeding of staff or volunteers and product may not be distributed to outside of those listed in application.
- Must be able to place orders online and have a regularly-used email address.
- Must provide two regular contacts including phone and email information.
- Agree to regular site visits by Feeding South Dakota staff.
- Payment of invoices must be made by check by the 501(c)3 organization within 30 days of statement date. Agencies with outstanding bills will not be able to order until account is brought current.
- All organizations must complete food safety training every two years.
- Must demonstrate outreach beyond your own organization/congregation by providing copies of sign-in sheets, flyers, advertisements, links to websites, or other materials on an annual basis.
- Any food distribution or meals taking place on the day church services are held must be prior to the event with no requirement of attendance at service.
Additional Requirements for Food Pantries:
- Must have adequate storage for food, not in a home or place of residence.
- Must meet minimum order requirements of 500 lbs per order.
- Must have a consistent distribution day and time at an identified location with access to the public.
- Food distribution must occur a minimum of one time per month, and organization acknowledges that Feeding South Dakota will make the distribution information available to the public through our website and other resources.
Please note that meeting basic eligibility requirements does not guarantee acceptance as an agency partner with Feeding South Dakota.