Walmart donates $175,000 to help fight hunger in SD - KOTA Territory News

Walmart donates $175,000 to help fight hunger in SD

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Thanks to a very generous donation from Walmart, two South Dakota non-profits will be able to help feed more people.   

The corporation gave Youth and Family Services $25,000 Friday to help provide children in the program with healthier food options, including more servings of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains with meals and snacks as part of their Nutrition Program.

The YSF Nutrition Program also provides families with nutrition education and healthy lifestyle training in an effort to educate families on combating childhood obesity.

The grant will impact 25,000 children in the Black Hills.

Walmart also donated $150,000 to Feeding South Dakota.

The Rapid City branch used the grant to purchase a 30,000 square foot freezer and cooler, which will help the company tap into billions of pounds of available produce.  

"This is where the freezer really comes into play,:" said Feeding South Dakota Executive Director, Matt Gassen. "The cooler part of it especially when we're able to start securing these semi loads of produce product that come in. We distribute it out to the organizations that we're serving and the individuals that we're serving." 

According to Feeding South Dakota, 1 out of every 8 individuals in the state is food insecure.

The current hunger gap is 15 million meals, but Gassen plans on cutting that in half within six years.

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