Food Ministry Hits Milestone

— YOU BUY GROCERIES AND DESPITE YOUR BEST INTENTIONS, SOME OF THAT FOOD ENDS UP GOING TO WASTE IN SIOUX FALLS ALONE, EIGHT- MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD GOES TO WASTE EACH YEAR

IN TONIGHT'S POSITIVELY KELOLAND, MAXWELL HOFER EXPLAINS HOW BREAD BREAK IS ABLE TO SAVE SOME FOOD BREAD BREAK IS A MINISTRY ON A MISSION "BREAD BREAK IS A FOOD HARVESTING MINISTRY WHERE WE HARVEST DAY- OLD FOOD FROM BAKERY'S, RESTAURANTS, GROCERY STORES AND RE-HOME IT TO FOOD SHELVES, FOOD PANTRIES, HOMELESS SHELTERS; ALL SORTS OF PLACES" OHRTMAN SAID IT HAS BEEN OPERATING OUT OF THE MESSIAH NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH FOR 7 YEARS

"WE HAVE A TOTALLY VOLUNTEERED STAFF, IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT A STAFF, THAT PICKS UP EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE WEEK WE'RE HEADED BY MIKE BAUMAN, ONE OF OUR CHURCH MEMBERS, WHO WAS THE BRAIN CHILD, I GUESS, OF THE BREAD BREAK PROGRAM" MOELLER SAID THIS MONTH IS EXTRA SPECIAL THEY'VE PICKED UP THEIR ONE- MILLIONTH POUND OF FOOD FOR DONATION

"IT HAPPENED EARLY DECEMBER YEAH, IT'S KIND OF FUN I'VE BEEN TELLING THE FOLKS AS I STOP IN TODAY THAT I'VE BEEN PROVIDING FOR YEARS TO LET THEM KNOW THAT, 'HEY, TODAY WE'VE HIT OUR MILLIONTH POUND AND YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN A BIG PART OF IT" "WHAT STARTED OUT AS ONE BUCKET OF CHICKEN BEING DELIVERED TO THE ST FRANCIS HOUSE HAS NOW GROWN INTO A BIG CONGLOMERATE WHERE OVER 20 BUSINESS HELP CONTRIBUTE FOOD TO THOSE WHO CAN'T AFFORD IT THEMSELVES

""SANFORD HOSPITAL WAS OUR FIRST MAJOR DONOR; WE ALSO DO THE KFC'S, CHEVY'S, OUTBACK, RED LOBSTER, OLIVE GARDEN, AND JUST A LOT OF PLACES IN TOWN" BAUMAN SAID BAUMAN VOLUNTEERS UP TO 40 HOURS A WEEK; DELIVERING AND PICKING UP FOOD AROUND TOWN IT'S THIS CONTINUED EFFORT THAT CREATES A HUGE IMPACT "WE INVESTED 46 HUNDRED DOLLARS INTO BREAD BREAK

WE HAD AN IMPACT OF NEARLY 600 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN 2017 WE ARE ON TRACK TO BE ABOUT 25 – 30 THOUSAND POUNDS MORE THIS YEAR, OF FOOD, WHICH WILL TAKE THAT NUMBER WELL OVER 600 THOUSAND DOLLARS" OHRTMAN SAID BUT THE REAL REWARD COMES FROM HELPING THOSE IN NEED "IT'S FUN

IT'S ACTUALLY REALLY REWARDING TO COME IN AND, YOU KNOW, YOU GET TO MEET THE PEOPLE THAT YOU'RE HELPING, YOU GET TO INTERACT WITH THE PROVIDERS; THEY'RE EXCITED ABOUT DOING IT THEY KNOW THE IMPACT IT HAS AND THEY FEEL GOOD THAT THEY'RE NOT JUST THROWING STUFF IN A DUMPSTER" BAUMAN SAID IN SIOUX FALLS, MAXWELL HOFER, KELOLAND NEWS BREAD BREAK CAN BE FOUND MAKING DONATIONS AT THE ST

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