Volunteers ride across South Dakota for the hungry - KOTA Territory News

Volunteers ride across South Dakota for the hungry

By Barrett Phillips

Early Monday morning, bikers fueled and geared up for a two-day, 1,200-mile trip to the Missouri River; crossing all nine bridges on the river within South Dakota.

The bikers are taking part in the Bridges for Backpacks ride.  They're doing it in hopes of raising funds for the Feeding South Dakota backpack program, which gives food to kids to take home for the weekend.

David Schwan, Pastor at ZionLutherann Church in Rapid City, said with them donating the time and effort they hope more people take part in this new event.  "We donate our time, we donate our machines, and fuel it takes and all that. It's our hope that many people will hear about this," Schwan said.

Curtis Garland, food pantry board member in Wall, says he has been riding bikes for 40 years. While he just loves to ride, he also likes to help others when he does.  "There's a large unseen need that people don't realize. I would just like to call attention to that and help raise some money for the kids, for the backpack program," Garland said.

You can help by going to www.feedingsouthdakota.org and looking for the finances/donations drop down menu.

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