On Pine Ridge reservation, hunger and diet-related disease are epidemic. The unemployment rate is around 80%. Even when people have money to buy food, fresh fruits and vegetables are often unavailable.
Each month One Spirit has fresh food and produce transported to distribution centers throughout the reservation. Members of the Lakota community unload the truck and sort the food into orders. If a recipient is unable to pick up their food order, a Lakota worker will personally deliver it to them. It is common for workers to drive hundreds of miles through unmaintained roads to make sure that the food is delivered.
Currently, more than 3,000 people are fed each month and we have more than 100 families waiting to get food through the food program. On a daily basis, we receive many urgent requests for food for elders, families and children.
How it helps:
- Brings a consistent supply of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats to families where it is most needed
- Provides employment and promotes self-sufficiency
- Allows the Lakota to take care of the needs of their people
What we are doing:
- Bringing back the buffalo to the reservation
- Putting food in the youth centers
- Opening food distribution and youth centers in every district
- Making healthy food and snacks available all month long
How you can help:
- Donate a box of food. On box provides an elder with two weeks of nutritious meals, or feeds the average family for a week.
- Donate any amount towards a box of food. It can be made as a one-time donation, or once per month.
- Assist with food delivery costs. The cost of deliveries goes beyond the cost of food. It includes the repair and maintenance of the vehicles used.
Your donations provide food for:
- More than 3000 people every month
- The Cohen House (senior residence)
- The Soup Kitchen on Rosebud Reservation
- Transition housing for youth
- The Allen Youth Center