Providing Food for the Homebound and Elderly
The South Dakota Community Foundation congratulates Meals on Wheels Western South Dakota on securing a $20,000 South Dakota Fund grant award. Meals on Wheels serves hot, nutritious meals to over 1,400 Western South Dakota seniors each weekday. Since the advent of the pandemic crisis, Meals on Wheels has seen a dramatic increase in demand for meals. They have met this growing need despite the declining availability of volunteers. They are considering solutions that would allow them to continue serving at capacity.
“The grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation will help provide much needed meals to homebound and quarantined seniors in western South Dakota”, said Jodi Litz, Development Specialist, Meals on Wheels Western South Dakota. “The population we serve is among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. They are looking for ways to access their basic needs without putting themselves at risk”.
“Food insecurity is real and as the pandemic drags on more and more people are experiencing it”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “The South Dakota Community Foundation is committed to help support efforts to make sure our state’s most compromised populations do not go hungry”.
In response to the pandemic, SDCF’s Board of Directors established the Coronavirus Response Fund to directly support the needs of communities and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. This fund addresses immediate needs including access to food, shortage of volunteers, healthcare sector support and human services sector support. Donations are being accepted. If you would like to lend your support to those who continue to be impacted by this virus, or just learn more, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/covid-19/. Donations can be made on-line or checks may be directed to SDCF, PO Box 296, Pierre, SD 57501. One hundred percent of donations made to the SDCF Coronavirus Fund go directly to those in need throughout our state.
About the SDCF
SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 980 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2019 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-donors/ to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.