Food Pantry start-up funding available

The Rural Office of Community Services, Inc. (ROCS) has been awarded Emergency Food Assistance (EFA) Grant funding from the State of South Dakota to assist communities that are un-served or under-served with food pantry services.

This funding will be used to purchase food, refrigerators, freezers, shelving units and supplies for food pantries that are opening after the beginning of the grant period.

In order to qualify for these funds, a committee of volunteers must be in place that will operate the pantry on an on-going basis, space must be secured to house the pantry and a written sustainability plan must be in place.  ROCS staff will attend at least two committee meetings to determine the sustainability and to offer technical support and training to the committee.

Communities in the following counties are eligible for this grant: Aurora, Brule, Buffalo, Bon Homme, Clay, Charles Mix, Douglas, Davison, Gregory, Hanson, Hutchinson, Lyman, Jerauld, Jones, Mellette, Sanborn, Tripp, Todd, Union and Yankton.

After all qualifications are met, the committee and ROCS staff will request bids for the equipment from local providers if available and purchase the necessary items using local funds and the Emergency Food Assistance funds.

For more information or to apply for this funding, please contact Darci Bultje, Community Services Director at the Rural Office of Community Services, Inc. in Lake Andes by phone at (605) 487-7634 or by e-mail at

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