Food insecurity is an epidemic. In South Dakota, more than 100,000 people struggle with hunger and do not know where their next meal will come from. This includes 1 in 6 children. * COVID-19 has only exacerbated this problem. Many have lost their job or have had their working hours decreased. Some are dealing with lost wages due to illness or the illness of family members. Farmers and ranchers are hurting financially due to COVID-19 related shipping and processing crises. Now more than ever we need to help our neighbors.
I decided to help my neighbors today and fight food insecurity by donating produce from my garden to the Rural Office of Community Services, Inc. in Wagner. My garden is my happy place. I love the fresh air and getting dirt under my fingernails. I love the feeling of accomplishment I get from a hard day’s work and seeing the fruits of my labor. Now, I love that my garden is helping to fight hunger in our communities. I encourage others with gardens to join me and donate your extra produce to your local food pantry.
Just like a garden, our communities need to be tended, cared for, and loved. Both take hard work and commitment. What you put into it is what you get out of it. I am committed to helping my neighbors in this difficult time and to moving our communities forward towards a better future.
*Statistics provided by Feeding South Dakota. You can find out more at https://feedingsouthdakota.org/ https://www.facebook.com/RuralOfficeOfCommunityServices