Good News for Pine Ridge Food ProducersAugust 30, 2022 // South Dakota Fund Grants
“This project will result in creating access and opportunities through local and cultural foods.”Nick Hernandez, Oglala Lakota Founder/President/CEO, Makoce Agriculture Development
The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) was pleased to partner with Makoce Agriculture Development. SDCF awarded them with a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant. Funds provided partial support for their Cultural Food Storage and Education program.
“The funding support from South Dakota Community Foundation will ensure the necessary program related items are in place prior to construction of a local and community accessible cultural food storage and processing building,” said Nick Hernandez, Oglala Lakota Founder/President/CEO, Makoce Agriculture Development. “This will result in creating access and opportunities through local and cultural foods.”
Located on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Makoce Agriculture Development is a Lakota led community-based organization using place-based solutions and strategies to develop Indigenous agriculture and food systems designed to regenerate equitable healthy communities, and environment.
“This program will provide a clean, safe, and sanitary space for the harvesting, processing, and storage of local, cultural, and traditional foods,” stated Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “It will enhance economic outcomes for local Pine Ridge Reservation food producers; and we are proud to play a small role in its development.”
To learn more about funding opportunities offered by the SDCF, please visit our website at https://www.sdcommunityfoundation.org/
About the SDCF
SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 1,100 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2021 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.