Second-grader, Trey Graham, is leading a dry goods food drive to benefit the Lakota Sioux Indians on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Inspired by the recent lessons at school about the West and learning about the needs of the Lakota people through his grandmother, he invites you to join him by sending in dry goods from the list below.
Trey’s grandmother, Tracy Ferguson, has been sponsoring donation drives for years now. She sends the donations to her friends Jerome and Theresa High Horse at the Lakota Friends Circle who then distribute the goods to the people in need at the reservation. Food is always an issue on the “Rez” situated at the southern end of the Badlands.
Out of the 3,500 square mile reservation, roughly only 132 square miles are suitable for farming. Jerome and Theresa live in the small community of Wanblee (“eagle” in Lakota), which is a remote and isolated portion of the reservation, and the nearest grocery store is a 200-mile round trip drive to Rapid City, South Dakota.
WHEN: Monday, January 10th- Friday, January 14th
WHAT: Dry Food Goods
(These will be shipped, so please, no liquids, glass, or refrigerated items.)
rice, pasta, boxed cereal, oatmeal, boxed mac n’ cheese, boxed breakfast bars, granola, boxed mashed potato flakes, dried beans, peas or lentils, raisins, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, boxed black tea bags (ex: Lipton), ground coffee (ex: Folgers or Maxwell House), packets of dry active yeast, dry soup mix, peanut butter.
There will be a collection box in each second-grade classroom where students can place their donations. Thank you!