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IN THIS EDITION: Summer food options,  housing news and more!
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Making summer a more 'food secure' season


Fresh produce and farmers markets are obvious signs of the summer season, and this year the Black Hills Farmers Market is giving those who are food insecure an opportunity to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of local farmers' labor.

The "Double Up Food Bucks" program doubles the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollars, up to $20 per day, at participating farmers markets. Officials with the local market say the program is made possible with matching funds from the Fair Food Network.

"It makes a healthy diet more affordable for families on a budget, increases customers for local farmers, and supports the area economy," Market Manager Barbara Cromwell said.

The Black Hills Farmers Market will focus on kids next month. Thanks to a grant from the Black Hills Area Community Foundation, the home of Rapid City Collective Impact and RCCI's Food Security Initiative, the BHFM will give away $2 tokens to the first 250 children who visit in July to spend on fruits and vegetables at the market.



Summer Food Update

As of June 3, all but one of the sites that provide free summer meals to kids in Rapid City are open, including a new site at WellFully that is served by the YMCA.

The WellFully site, located at 22 Waterloo Street, offers lunch to youth, 18 and under, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Keiz Larson with the Y says food packs for the weekend will go home with kids at that site on Fridays as well.

An updated map includes the latest information on meal times for all the static summer feeding sites, including the downtown YMCA, the Club for Boys, Youth & Family Services and Rapid City Area Schools. The RCAS Fresh Choice Cafe Food Truck also is scheduled to make six stops around the city each weekday, weather permitting. Click here for details.
Affordable housing provider to join RC market

CommonBond Communities, a nonprofit developer and manager of affordable housing with onsite services, has announced it will expand its service area to provide affordable housing with services to the Rapid City community this year.

CommonBond is based in the Twin Cities and currently operates more than 50 affordable housing properties in the Midwest. This new effort to help meet the housing needs of the Rapid City area was developed in partnership with leaders from the Rapid City Collective Impact initiative.

To read the full announcement, visit rccimpact.org.
Remembering Ray ...

The world needs more Ray Hillenbrands.
More than just a kind and generous man.
He sought to make our city
the most caring of its size.
In his absence, we'll work hard
so that vision is realized.
Thank you, Ray,
for all you have done.
Rest in peace, dear friend,
your dream lives on.
OneHeart Update

The Rapid City Council approved a resolution on June 3 authorizing the City of Rapid City to purchase the property on Kansas City Street that will be the home of OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing.

The same resolution stipulates that, upon property acquisition, the City will execute a lease agreement with OneHeart. The process is expected to be complete by the end of June.

OneHeart will honor any existing leases in the residential towers and office spaces. Construction will start next year to transform the former college campus into the OneHeart transformation campus.
Larson Foundation Grant

OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing has received $86,000 from the Larson Family Foundation to help pay for beds, mattresses and laundry equipment at the future transformation campus.

The Larson Family Foundation in Brookings was established by Dale Larson, President and CEO of Larson Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of storm doors and windows. The foundation says the main emphasis of its grantmaking is to fulfill basic human needs, including food and shelter.

Thank you, Larson Family Foundation, for your generosity!

"Together, building the most caring community."

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