What it takes Wednesday: Great people/organizations make a difference by giving back

By Rich Winter

Came across an interesting story yesterday regarding South Dakota State head football coach John Stiegelmeir and his wife Laurie.

So, right now, through May 24, Feeding South Dakota is running a campaign to raise money for food to assist South Dakota children who aren’t getting enough food. And so, through May 24 folks across the region are donating…

And the Stiegelmeir’s are MATCHING all donations, up to $12,000 dollars.


One is six children is food insecure in South Dakota. With summer approaching, families who rely on school provided breakfasts and lunches to feed their children must find a way to replace those meals.

What’s cool about the Stiegelmeier’s stepping up to this challenge is they didn’t have to, and yet, with a position of power, knowing there are kids/families across South Dakota that could use a boost, the SDSU coach and his wife stepped up!

If you donate to Feeding South Dakota South Dakota State University coach John Stiegelmeier and his wife Laurie will match your gift to our Child Hunger Programs. All proceeds given now through May 24 will be matched up to $12,000.

Beginning May 13 and continuing through May 24, Coach John and Laurie Stiegelmeier will be matching every donation made to Feeding South Dakota’s Childhood Hunger Programs, dollar for dollar up to $12,000. Online donations can be made at FeedingSouthDakota.org; mailed donations can be sent to 4701 N. Westport Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57107, Attn: Jennifer Robertson (please reference Coach Stiegelmeier Matching Challenge in your memo line); and phone donations can be made by calling (605) 335-0364.

While the Stiegelmeir’s are at the forefront of this campaign, South Dakota State University, as a whole, is right there with them.

Coach Stiegelmeier and South Dakota State University are also providing prizes to donors! Here's what you could win:

  • All donors are eligible to win a dinner for two with the Coach and Laurie Stiegelmeier valued at $250.

  • All donors providing gifts of $500 or more are eligible to win four club level tickets and a parking pass to a 2019 home South Dakota State University football game of the winner's choice. Valued at $4,000.

  • All donors of $1,000 or more are eligible to win two passes to travel with the 2019 football team to a game of the winner's choice. Valued at $10,000

Every year, Feeding South Dakota distributes 14 million pounds of food annually to South Dakotans in need.

Here is the link to the Feeding South Dakota website!