The Breadbasket in Flandreau has a new manager after the former leader moved out of state.
Becky Fricke of Flandreau started Aug. 1 and did her first Thursday distribution of food last week. She also works at the Boys and Girls Club of Moody County.
Former manager Deb Williamson moved to Michigan.
“I think the ladies were praying about it so they asked me,” Fricke said. “I wanted to do this.”
She hopes to focus on getting the word out to members of the Hispanic community, letting them know food is available, she said. She has a friend helping her translate information into Spanish. “I want to reach out to them,” Fricke said.
Fricke said she decided to take the job because she likes helping others.
“I like helping the community. I’ve worked at the Boys and Girls Club a long time. I’ve grown to love the children there and see their families,” she said.
She doesn’t plan on changing any other aspects of the food giveaways.
When people visit The Breadbasket, which has served the county 22 years, they receive sacks of groceries that are intended to provide help for about a week. The food offered includes canned vegetables and fruit, canned meat, condiments, baking supplies, cereal, peanut butter, pasta or rice convenience dishes, available meat, eggs and bread. Larger families are allowed to take a few more items than single people or small families. Guests also are allowed some paper products, laundry or dish detergent if it is available and some personal hygiene items, for example.