SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – Imagine going a day without food. Every day, many people face hunger and food insecurity. For more than ten years, the local food department has worked to make sure people have food to eat, while also reducing food waste.
It’s a busy morning for Linda Albrecht.
I loaded this truck with coolers and boxes ready to fill with food from different restaurants.
She is a driver and volunteer for bread break.
“I’ve been driving for Bread Break for about 8 years, and I think I’ve been on the Monday morning road for a year and a half,” said Linda Albrecht, driver and volunteer. “I have 17 stations, I have 14 food pick-up stations, and three food drop-off stations.”
Breadbreak is a non-profit food ministry that aims to feed the hungry, support the community, and reduce waste.
“The truck drives around on normal roads and we pick up facilities, restaurants, food processing venues and cafeterias, then deliver to other nonprofits,” said Board Member, Treasurer, Renae Eidenshink. “By going through other nonprofits, we can distribute it to more people.”
The non-profit organization started in 2011 and has been growing ever since.
“We started with one man, one truck, two coolers, and now we have two pickups, roughly 20-25 volunteers, and we have about 30 suppliers and 25-30 recipients,” said Edenschink.
On Albrecht’s stop list, today is Oh My Cupcakes.
It’s just one of the companies partnering with Bread Break.
“It’s a very interesting morning because the businesses I stop at say ‘Thank you for coming,’ and the places where I deliver food say ‘Thank you for coming’, so I have a blessed Monday morning,” Albrecht said.
The non-profit organization also works with Flyboy Donuts.
This group spends the morning wrapping up some donated cupcakes.
“On Mondays we break them up here into dozens of packages, and then we take them to smaller agencies with smaller clients, for example, Ava’s House, Compassion Child Care, and then the rest of the week, we collect what they have left that goes to an entire agency,” said volunteer Carol Drake. She has a larger group to feed.
You will also find a note inside each bag.
“The cakes that we take, since we take them to smaller agencies, we have a little more chance of communicating with them, the message is about our church, we are the message of Christ the new hope of the Lutheran Church, even though we have a non-profit status, we have our service time, bible verse, They can share it with their customers and they are all welcome,” Drake said.
The group knows that all the food they collect will be useful to people of all ages.
In the House of St. Francis, these donations make a huge impact.
“The ability to get this food from Bread Break has affected our budget massively, if we have to buy this ourselves, especially after the pandemic and shortages of items,” said CEO, St. Francis House, Julie Baker.
Hotel St. Francis House now has 111 guests, with the organization serving three meals a day.
“These are all Red Lobster biscuits, so we’re going to use them, and they’ll be pulled out this afternoon, and they’ve got a hot chicken dish and they’ll be by their side,” Baker said.
Food that would have ended up in landfill is now a meal for those who need it most.
“I occasionally take a couple of other people down the road and they say ‘I didn’t know the companies were so generous and offer this, I didn’t know anything like this existed,'” Albrecht said, ‘I would never have dreamed of it myself, but I’m very happy to have it here.’ .
As Bread Break gets more providers and recipients, there is an increased need for volunteers. If you’d like to help, we’ve provided a link to their website here.