Huge donation helps non-profit fight childhood hunger

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On Tuesday a local non-profit received a big donation to continue feeding hungry tummies.

Feeding South Dakota received a check from the Albertsons Companies Foundation for $8,900.

Albertsons is the parent company of Safeway stores.

This money will support Feeding South Dakota's BackPack Program, which provides food to at-risk children during the weekends, holidays, and summer vacation.

The Safeway store director says they're happy to help eradicate childhood hunger throughout the United States.

Store Director of Mt. Rushmore Road Safeway Shane Hennies says, "I have had the opportunity to experience much of what goes on here in Rapid City alone with children not eating before they go to school. We are in a pretty sad state when the child goes hungry for the entire weekend and I think it is amazing that people go out of their way to help children eat. Nobody should go hungry, but especially children."

During the four-year fundraiser campaign, Safeway asked customers if they could donate by rounding up to the nearest dollar.

Hennies says as the check shows, their customers have very generous hearts.