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South Dakota Mines students plan to host food drive on Martin Luther King Day
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South Dakota Mines students plan to host food drive on Martin Luther King Day

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MLK Day food drive

In this January 2018 photo, South Dakota Mines student Lily Cutler tries to find room for more donated canned goods in a Feeding South Dakota bin during the MLK Jr. Day Food Drive.

For the 11th consecutive year, students from South Dakota Mines plan to step up to serve as volunteers on the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, collecting food and cash donations at local grocery stores.

The food drive benefits Feeding South Dakota and the Mines student food pantry and will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18.

Student volunteers will be at the following locations in Rapid City: Timmons Neighborhood Market, Mount Rushmore Road Safeway and both Walmart locations. Mines students will wear masks, practice social distancing, and undertake other COVID-19 safety measures during the event, the university said.

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South Dakota Mines is partnering with Black Hills Federal Credit Union, which will help raise funds and collect canned goods and other non-perishables. Collection bins are located at the five Rapid City BHFCU Member Service Centers and on the South Dakota Mines campus.

“We see the annual MLK Jr. holiday as a day on rather than a day off,” Patricia Mahon, dean of Students and Vice President for Student Development at South Dakota Mines, said. “This is a day of service where we follow the example of Dr. King and mobilize to give back to our community.”

The 2020 food drive brought in more than 3,550 pounds of food and over $1,000. Checks can be made out to Feeding South Dakota. Cash donations will be used to purchase food for the Mines student food pantry and donated to Feeding South Dakota.

Student organizations participating include Lambda Chi Alpha, Hotrockers Dance Team, Society of Physics Students, Center of Excellence for Advanced Multidisciplinary Projects, The National Society of Black Engineers, Circle K and Student Association.

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