Lakota Hunger knows no season
…or in the depths of winter: regardless of the time of year, the urgent food needs of the Lakota people know no season. The hot summer days of August are no exception.
Our primary objective every month is to provide healthy, pure foods. Eschewing junk foods that can only exacerbate the epidemic of diabetes among the Lakota---the result of poor nutrition and prepared foods (which perhaps we should all avoid!). We do our best to obtain fresh and wholesome food for distribution. During August, the peak harvest season for many vegetables and fruits, we work extra hard to provide top grade produce at the peak of ripeness to hungry people who otherwise might never know the healthy, delicious possibilities such food offers, especially because the difficult growing conditions on the reservation offer few alternatives.
While work is continuing on the second Food Distribution Center in Porcupine, as well as the Charging Buffalo House, which will enable the processing of buffalo, game, and other native Lakota foods for distribution to the people, the demand for food to help the Lakota achieve sustainability continues at a high level.
Working with Feeding South Dakota and Native American groups, we still need to purchase food, pay for its transportation to the reservation, and compensate the workers who facilitate the actual distribution. One Spirit is very proud that all of our volunteers work out of their own generosity, so that our only paid partners are the Lakota workers who put in long, hard hours to ensure that the food gets to the recipients in prime condition. In the oppressive summer heat, that is no small accomplishment, and they earn far more than it is possible to pay them. They do it out of pride and a strong sense of community more than anything else.
Of course, without the generous donations of you, our wonderful supporters, there would be nothing to distribute. The many other projects we are undertaking in partnership with the Lakota, such as the Charging Buffalo House, Allen Youth Center, running and lacrosse teams, and so much more would not be possible absent your loyal help.
Please know that we, and the Lakota, realize that you are One Spirit, in partnership with people who have great pride and are working hard to improve their lot under challenging circumstances. You make it all possible.
Your kindness and generosity are making important impacts on the lives of people who truly need it, and who deeply appreciate your ongoing help. Thank you so much, and have a wonderful August!
Food Orders Due - Sunday, August 20th
Food Delivery - Saturday, August 26th
Food Box $65.00*
Please email your food orders to Sharon Autry
For food delivery questions contact Lisa Knouff
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