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Feeding South Dakota Thanksgiving Meal Distribution

Published: Nov. 21, 2020 at 10:15 PM CST
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Feeding South Dakota is doing what it can to help families in need during the holidays by hosting it’s 10th annual Thanksgiving meal giveaway.

The distribution is a drive-thru style event where families can receive all the Thanksgiving meal essentials, including a whole turkey.

The event took place from 8:00 am until 10:00 am, but cars began lining up much earlier.

“I was here at 5:30 (in the morning) and we already had a line of cars,” said Feeding South Dakota CEO Matt Gassen.

The holidays can be a difficult time; that being paired with the affects of the coronavirus pandemic, Feeding South Dakota has seen an increased need for food assistance, Gassen tells Dakota News Now.

Gassen says he is very thankful for the team of volunteers and donors that stepped up to help make the distribution possible.

“None of what we do could happen if not for their support,” Gassen said.

Turkey recipients were grateful that the distribution was able to take place safely.

“I think it’s awesome that they do this even though COVID-19 is out,” said Candace Highpipe, who received a turkey Saturday morning.

In just Sioux Falls, Feeding South Dakota handed out 750 turkeys.

Pierre and Rapid City also took part in turkey giveaways Saturday. In total, Feeding South Dakota distributed over 3000 meals.

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