$10,000 Awarded to Fork Real… | South Dakota Community Foundation

$10,000 Awarded to Fork Real Community Cafe

April 12, 2023 // Grants, South Dakota Fund Grants

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) recently awarded Fork Real Community Cafe with a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant. Funds will provide support for employee recruitment, job skills training and employee retention.

"This grant is an investment that is helping cultivate a talented, engaged, and productive workforce through Fork Real Community Cafe. Skilled employees help sustain local businesses and stimulate the economy," said Dave & Rhonda Pearcy, Fork Real.

Left to right: Ginger Niemann, Dave & Rhonda Pearcy, Beth Massa

Fork Real Café was established in 2017 to address hunger and food insecurity in Rapid City. The café’s mission is to build community through food and conversation and operates on a Pay-What-You-Can model. The model allows people to either pay the full value of the meal, pay a discounted value for a meal, obtain a donated meal (or donate a meal to someone) and volunteer time in the café for a meal. Utilizing this model, everyone in the community can enjoy a healthy meal regardless of their socioeconomic status.

“Fork Real has worked hard to build community support for their initiative,” says Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “SDCF is glad to support their continued work in Rapid City.”

To learn more about funding opportunities offered by the SDCF, please visit our website at https://www.sdcommunityfoundation.org/

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers 1,200 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $30 million in grants in 2022 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/giving to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.