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EXTENDED! Friends of Food Security: Feeding the Need
Volunteer incentive program to continue through January 2021
Dec. 30, 2020


Due to the positive response and ongoing need for volunteers for two of this region’s largest food security organizations, the Friends of Food Security volunteer incentive program has been extended through the month of January.

The program, which launched Nov. 30, incentivizes Black Hills area residents to give their time to Feeding South Dakota and Meals on Wheels Western South Dakota. To date, 116 individuals have signed up and given a combined total of more than 800 hours of service to the two agencies.

Friends of Food Security partners also include the Helpline Center, the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, and the Black Hills Area Community Foundation’s Collective Impact Food Security Initiative. The program is administered by the Helpline Center, and eligible volunteers who complete a minimum number of volunteer hours receive Walmart gift cards funded by the philanthropic partners.

To be eligible:

  • Volunteers must sign up for the incentive program at helplinecenter.org/foodvolunteer.
  • Individuals receive a $25 Walmart gift card for every 4 hours of volunteer time completed by Jan. 31. Gift cards are mailed each Monday to qualified volunteers.
  • Current volunteers of these organizations are eligible for the incentive program by signing up on the Helpline Center’s website.
  • Groups who volunteer are eligible but must sign up and be tracked as individuals.

Volunteer tasks could include delivering meals, preparing food boxes, or assisting at mobile food distribution sites. Both Feeding South Dakota and Meals on Wheels Western South Dakota have implemented strong COVID-19 safety protocols to protect volunteers, staff, and food recipients.

The goal of the incentive program is to connect new volunteers to food security volunteer opportunities, especially at a time when both organizations are experiencing a huge increase in need but a decrease in volunteers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on the Friends of Food Security volunteer incentive program, please contact Audrey Nordine at bhvol@helplinecenter.org or call 211.

Thank you,
Julie Oberlander
Communications Director
BHACF/Collective Impact Food Security Initiative

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