Most kids are excited for winter break but for the kids that are food insecure, the 12 days of holiday break can seem like a lifetime.
Fortunately 3 years ago a group got together to end holiday food insecurity for kids and created the 12 days of Pizza.
Pizza Ranch teamed up locally with Black Hills Community Bank to provide 12 coupons to elementary students in need, good for one pizza or bucket of fried chicken.
These meals help families in need supplement the meals students normally get while at school.
Sean Covel, co-founder of 12 Days of Pizza says, The cool thing about this program is that it started on a community level. There was a problem and the community stepped up to do something. Every place that takes it on continues to have that same impact. So while we are in about 100 cities right now,there are quite a few more that can take on a program through Pizza Ranch."
Initially the program worked to provide 12 families meals for 12 days and has since progressed to 13 thousand meals provided throughout the Midwest.
Steven Cronin, Co-owner Rapid City Pizza Ranch locations says, "It's heart warming knowing that kids are getting fed, that families are getting fed and the kids wil be ready to go back to school with full bellies and ready to learn again."
Teachers at various elementary schools helped identify the students that may benefit from the 12 Days of Pizza.