Food Program Update
Our services are expanding with community needs
Food distribution day will be September 29th and in addition to the more than 500 families to whom we will deliver food, we will also be providing food for:
- Nutritious meals for the youth at the Allen Youth Center
- Meals for the Lakota Homeless in Rapid City
- Meals for the Homeless in Pine Ridge
- The Soup Kitchen on Rosebud Reservation
- The Bear Cave, the Suicide Prevention Program in Pine Ridge
As we work with the Lakota toward self-sufficiency, we cannot ignore the children and the homeless who need food now.
To help us meet the growing needs, artist Ryan Gaisford has graciously offered three hand-carved pipes as a thank you to our donors.
From now until 11:59 pm Sunday, September 30th donations to the Food Program of $50 or more will be entered to win one of these magnificent pieces.
About the Artist
Ryan Gaisford starting carving pipe bowls recently. The bowls are made from catlinite, also called red pipestone. He uses carving as a prayer therapy and gives completed projects to his friends. Challenged by several health issues, carving helps him to get up and out of the house.
The pipe stems were inherited by Al Monroe, Oglala 4th generation pipe maker, and donated for Ryan's work.
Pictured above is Ryan with his adorable dog, Honeey.
Thanks to our wonderful One Spirit family, it has been a good year for meeting goals to end hunger on the Reservation.
Harvest season is winding down and we are privileged to again this month provide produce available from the local garden on the Rez. - Tomatoes, peppers, corn, melons, squash – and this will be supplemented by apples, oranges, potatoes, onions, and other produce from the farmer in Pierre as well as hamburger and sausage.
We have a lot to be thankful for
Later this month, while we are on the Reservation to celebrate the installation of solar on the Allen Youth Center, we will also be meeting with the Lakota gardeners to plan for next season. Further, we will be meeting with folks about the use of a building for a food pantry. More details on this later.
The Buffalo House is open. With a grant from the Tatanka Foundation, work is underway to build fences and repair existing ones to allow for the growth of the buffalo herd. Hunting season is coming and approval from the State of South Dakota for custom exempt status will allow the facility to be used to serve the tribe and hunters. The Allen Youth Center is harvesting a buffalo to be used as part of their food program for the community.
Below is the list of foods that will be distributed this month. There are 500 families on the “list” and every month more than 100 families who are not on any list come to us in need of food. In addition, we meet the urgent needs of those without food during the month. We hope that you are happy, as we are, to be able to help ensure that while the Lakota build up their own food resources, we can help ensure that they do not go hungry.
Director One Spirit
Food Orders Due - Monday, September 23rd
Food Delivery - Saturday, September 29th
Please email your food orders to Sharon Autry
For food delivery questions contact Lisa Knouff
Checks or money orders made payable to One Spirit can be sent to: