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Couple pledge $1 million to Feeding South Dakota

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By Jack Siebold, MyTown Editor

Dale Larson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Larson Manufacturing Company in Brookings, South Dakota, and his wife Patricia have made a gift of $1 million to Feeding South Dakota's recently announced $6 million capital campaign, "Hand to Hand." The gift marks the largest individual contribution in Feeding South Dakota's history.

"A few months ago, when we asked Dale to serve as the campaign chairperson for this historic initiative to feed hungry individuals in South Dakota, he looked me in the eye with determination and perseverance and told me that together, we could rally the people of this great state to make a difference and tackle the problem of hunger head-on," said Matt Gassen, executive director of Feeding South Dakota.

"We are incredibly grateful to Dale and Patricia—and the entire Larson family—for their willingness to lead our capital campaign, and their generous support through this milestone gift," he added.

Larson said that he is supporting Feeding South Dakota simply because he feels that every person—no matter their age or circumstance—have the right to a warm meal.

"More than anything else, this gift will feed people," said Larson. "But I also hope it inspires the good people of South Dakota to reach into their hearts, and their wallets, to make a contribution in any amount. With every gift, more people can be fed."

Feeding South Dakota

Volunteers work to fill backpacks at the Rapid City Feeding South Dakota facility. (photo by Jack Siebold)

"Hand to Hand" seeks to raise more than $6 million for larger and more efficient facilities in Rapid City, Pierre and Sioux Falls. This is the first capital campaign in the organization's history. Specifically, the campaign will:

  • Raise $2 million to support the increased operational opportunities now possible at the new facility in Rapid City, including enhanced services for mobile food distribution across the western part of the state.
  • Raise approximately $1 million to expand the current Charles H. Burke Memorial Distribution Center in Pierre, a 9,000 square foot facility that is over capacity. In particular, there is a growing need to expand services in the central part of the state, home to many struggling individuals and families in rural areas with limited access to fresh produce.
  • Raise approximately $3 million for a new, 40–50,000 square foot facility in Sioux Falls that combines both the food pantry and the food bank, which would also allow for continued growth of volunteer programs, as well as the BackPack Program.

Additional details about "Hand to Hand: The Campaign for Feeding South Dakota" can be found by visiting www.feedingsouthdakota.org today.

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