Through the Backpack Program, Feeding South Dakota delivers free meals to children in need

Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:31 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Summer may seem like the best time for kids, but for some, it means having less to eat.

The USDA’s free and reduced school meals are limited for kids who continue with summer programs and daycare after the official school year is done. For several years now, Feeding South Dakota has provided a Summer Backpack program.

The service provides packages of nutritious and non-perishable food to children under 18 at risk of going hungry throughout the summer.

Paul Rodrigues, western operations manager for Feeding South Dakota, said that the program services about 500 kids in the Rapid City area.

”You’re probably talking about 4 to 5 thousand pounds of food a week getting to kids that ordinarily wouldn’t,” Rodrigues said. “So, we try to reach as many kids as we can, working through the school district here in Rapid City, and other non-profit organizations that have summer programs.”

Backpacks can only be received if the child is present. If you’re interested in filling backpacks, be sure to contact Feeding South Dakota.

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