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AT&T joins with food bank to feed families this holiday

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AT&T volunteers pack 500 boxes destined for families this Thanksgiving.  MyTown photo by Jack Siebold AT&T volunteers pack 500 boxes destined for families this Thanksgiving. MyTown photo by Jack Siebold
AT&T gave Feeding South Dakota $5,000 and some much-needed manpower to pack the holiday food boxes.  MyTown photo by Jack Siebold AT&T gave Feeding South Dakota $5,000 and some much-needed manpower to pack the holiday food boxes. MyTown photo by Jack Siebold

On a daily basis, the Feeding South Dakota's Rapid City food bank helps about 100 people a day.  Add 180 agencies coming in for supplies and the holidays, resources are stretched.
 
Monday, some help arrived to fill the need.  A half dozen volunteers from AT& T joined with food bank workers and state lawmakers to pack 500 Thanksgiving dinner baskets.  AT&T also funded the Bountiful Thanksgiving Baskets program with a $5,000 grant.   "We know hunger is an important issue in our community," Cheryl Riley, AT&T, said.
 
It was critical to not only donate the money but also the manpower to ease the workload on food bank employees.    "We don't want to add any work to Feeding South Dakota, so we're here to help," Riley said.
 
Chad Anderson, an AT&T employee who donated 150 volunteer hours last year, was pretty matter-of-fact about it.  "We just want to give back to the community," he said.
 
For Monica Leitheiser, the food bank's western operations manager, it is more than "just giving back."  "This," she said, "is a great thing that AT&T is doing."

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