Serving the Sioux Falls Community for 17 years!
Feeding America's Hunger in America 2014 study reported that 68% of households receiving emergency food assistance in South Dakota include at least one employed adult. 78% of these households have incomes below the federal poverty level. Although they earn an income, their paychecks are committed toward meeting basic living expenses like rent, utilities, etc. For these individuals and their families, food becomes a luxury. Documentation from day labor providers in Sioux Falls confirms that, because of their lack of financial resources, many of the working poor put in full days of manual labor without benefit of a noon meal.
Convinced that this was not only unacceptable but inhumane, a task force of concerned Sioux Falls citizens started to hold round table discussions dedicated to actively addressing this unmet hunger need in our community. As a result of these discussions, Lunch Is Served, Inc. was chartered in 2005. The mission of Lunch Is Served, Inc., a non-profit organization, is to provide a nutritious mid-day meal for the working poor in Sioux Falls.
In 2018, Lunch Is Served provided more than 23,000 lunches to the working poor in our community! Monday evenings and Wed/Thurs. afternoons, volunteers meet at Emmanuel Baptist Church to make sandwiches and pack brown bag lunches. Each sack lunch includes: meat and cheese sandwich, breakfast bar, fruit cup, something salty, utensils, condiments, a napkin, and a short note of encouragement. After volunteers pack all of the brown bag lunches, they are delivered to local non-profit partners and day labor offices for distribution to the working poor in our community. We believe that the lunches distributed through our program provide recipients with both physical and emotional nourishment.
Stacie Kray, Van Carmody, Andy Brower, Julie McMahon, Amy Ripley, Sandy Sherman, Cicely Schock, Adam Price