The Kingsbury County Food Pantry in De Smet recently acquired a 501-c-3 nonprofit status. This means that individuals or businesses can now deduct donations to the food pantry from their taxes.
Because the food pantry is only open on Tuesdays, they can only take non-perishable food. Monetary donations would help people purchase perishable foods such as eggs and milk. They used to give out vouchers that people could use at the grocery store to purchase these things, but they have had to limit this to emergency situations only. If they gave out vouchers of $35-$55 per family, it would cost between $700-$900 a month, and that money is not available at this time.
Director Robyn Flickinger said they have had an increase in the number of people who need the service, and at the same time, many of their major donors have passed away. So, although they still have some generous donors, there is not as much funding available as there used to be.
Flickinger is hopeful that with their new 501-c-3 status, some area businesses may be willing to donate or match employee donations.
“Donations would really be helpful to a lot of people in Kingsbury County, not just De Smet,” she said.
People are also reminded that Feeding South Dakota food giveaways take place the fourth Wednesday of each month, although the schedule could change because of holidays or bad weather. Locations and times are Arlington, 9 a.m., Methodist Church; Lake Preston, 10:30 a.m., UCC-UMC; and De Smet, noon, at Washington Park.