Pierre – Ft. Pierre Food Pantry
110 S. Ree Street
Pierre, South Dakota 57501
Open Monday through Friday
4pm – 5:30pm
Our mission is to help eliminate hunger to those in need within our community.
The Pantry started out in a closet at the Lutheran Memorial Church in 1974. The Pantry made several moves throughout the years until the City of Pierre donated a portion of the old City Auditorium to house the Pantry in 1992. In 2011 the Pantry moved again as the Auditorium was deemed unsafe. Once again the City of Pierre donated space in the City-owned property currently being utilized by the Boys & Girls Club to also house the Food Pantry and the BackPack Program. The move took place in March with the help of numerous volunteers.
In March of 2005 Pierre Area Referral Service took over the administration of the program. The Pantry operates solely by volunteers and relies on the generosity of area churches, local businesses, clubs/organizations, Capital Area United Way, and individuals like you to provide food and/or financial donations to purchase food for distribution.
The Pantry purchases a certain amount of food through Feeding South Dakota (handling fee of 18 cents per pound) but the bulk of the food items distributed come through donations. During 2010 a total of 1,124 households received assistance through the Food Pantry, which represents 2,874 local individuals being helped with their nutritional needs.
Donations are received through a variety of drives and special initiatives held throughout the year. Some of the major ones include:
- National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive - This is a nationwide annual food drive event put on by the National Letter Carriers Union. Each spring, local letter carriers collect food donations from postal customers on their delivery routes. All donations received through this drive stay in the community to help local families.
- Boy Scout Food Drive - This is an annual food drive held by the Boy Scout Troops in Pierre and Ft. Pierre. In the late fall Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops join forces to collect food door-to-door throughout the city. The Boy Scout Food Drive comes at a time of year when the Food Pantry is historically low so we are extremely appreciative of the efforts that are put forth by the Boy Scout Troops in our area. Through the efforts of these young men, we received over 6,000 pounds in much-needed food donations.
- Sportsmen Against Hunger - A non-profit organization that encourages South Dakota hunters to donate a portion or all of their wild game to help in the fight against hunger. This program coordinates with local game processors who agree to process, at a reduced cost, wild game that will be donated to area hunger-fighting organizations including the Food Pantry.
- Feinstein Foundation $1 Million Challenge to Fight Hunger – This is the 3rd year that the Pierre Area Food Pantry has participated in the Challenge. All donations (financial, food items, and/or pledges) made between March 1 and April 30th count towards the total count that we report to the foundation. The Pantry receives a portion of the $1 million based on how successful our campaign is. Last year a total of 9,289 lbs of food was collected as well as $6,865 in cash donations that was used to purchase food items that we ran short of between food drives.
- Church Rotation – Local churches conduct an internal food drive on a monthly rotation schedule with all collections being donated to the local Food Pantry.
- Bakery Items - Lynn's Dakotamart, Sutley's Super Savings Store in Pierre, and Sutley's Town & Ranch Market in Ft. Pierre donate their bakery items each week to the local Food Pantry.