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IN THIS EDITION: 'Singing for Their Supper' recap and more!
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Donations pour in during virtual food drive

Gray Television’s “Singing for Their Supper” special that aired on Rapid City affiliate KOTA-TV last month raised more than $31,000 for the Black Hills Area Community Foundation’s Food Security Fund.

The 60-minute program featured music by several country and pop recording artists who performed in the comfort of their own homes. It served as a sort of “virtual food drive” since traditional food drives have been cancelled due to COVID-19 prevention measures.

Monetary donations poured in to the BHACF website during “Singing for Their Supper” and for several days following the April 18th fundraiser.

“I was amazed at the response and the generosity of our viewers in KOTA Territory!” Chief Meteorologist and KOTA Care & Share Food Drive Director Mike Modrick said.

Modrick is also a member of Collective Impact’s Food Security Oversight Committee, which began meeting regularly in 2017 to identify the overall food security challenges that exist within Rapid City and develop community-wide solutions. This “big picture” strategy has proven especially useful during the COVID-19 crisis, as BHACF and others work together to determine how food resources can be best utilized.

“The virtual food drive, ‘Singing for their Supper,’ was a wonderful event,” BHACF Executive Director Liz Hamburg said. “The awareness and visibility of this program brings the national conversation about food resources to our own Black Hills communities. We are grateful to have our Collective Impact Food Security infrastructure in place to respond to our area’s food needs.”

Between March and April, BHACF distributed nearly $100,000 to support area agencies on the front lines of keeping people fed. KOTA’s fundraiser provided a nice boost to the Food Security Fund, which will distribute about $76,000 more this month to numerous West River organizations offering food relief during these trying times.

“We were overwhelmed by the response from the community, especially because it all came together very quickly,” KOTA/KEVN President and General Manager Chris Gross said. “With only mentions in a couple news programs, we had over 8,000 households in our area tune in."

And viewers were generous, donating more than $31,000 to the cause.

“We are so grateful to the Foundation for organizing the distribution of funds to food pantries across western South Dakota,” Modrick said, before adding a little homage to a classic film. “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship!"

During a break in the entertainment, KOTA-TV's Alicia Garcia and Mike Modrick and BHACF's Liz Hamburg encouraged viewers to donate to the Food Security Fund.

BHACF awards $85,100 in grants in May

The Black Hills Area Community Foundation is awarding 23 grants this month to support organizations serving people from the Northern Hills to Oglala Lakota County and many communities in between. The majority of the $85,100 will go to nonprofits that address food security issues. The latest round of giving brings the BHACF grant-making total so far this spring to nearly $200,000!
BHACF Relief Funds
 
The Black Hills Area Community Foundation expects to award more grants in the coming months as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

To support these overarching efforts, donors are welcome to contribute to the BHACF Food Security Fund or the BHACF Disaster Relief Fund.

Donors may also send checks payable to “BHACF” to the Black Hills Area Community Foundation, PO Box 231, Rapid City, SD 57709.
Funders making an impact
 
Collective Impact: Bringing people together in a structured way to achieve social change.

Several organizations that provide grants are working together to make a bigger impact during this pandemic. As of May 1, this group has given a combined total of more than $1 million to West River agencies on the front lines of helping our neighbors in need.

For more on this collective impact in action, click HERE.

"Together, building the most caring community."

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