Coach John Stiegelmeier is a well-known name in our area, as the winningest football coach in SDSU history. Now he and his wife Laurie are tackling (if you'll pardon the expression) another tough challenge, childhood hunger in South Dakota!

In a recent survey, parents whose children receive BackPacks were asked if they ever worried about food running out in their home, before they were able to buy more. 76 percent of respondents said "often or sometimes".

The BackPack program is just one of Feeding South Dakota's Child Hunger programs. It is vital to families who have trouble meeting food and hunger needs during times when their children aren't in school. During the school year these families rely on free or reduced cost lunches for their children through the National School Lunch Program.

But when school is out, or it's a weekend or holiday, many children suffer from hunger. If a child hasn't eaten since midday on a Friday, come Monday morning, they are going to be cranky, groggy and distracted by the hunger gnawing in their tummies. One study after another indicates that children who are hungry, can't concentrate, can't learn and can become behavior problems, all due to hunger.

Coach Stiegelmeier and his wife challenge everyone to make a donation to Feeding South Dakota's Childhood Hunger programs from Tuesday, July 11 through the end of the month and they will match every donation up to $10,000!

You can call 605-335-0364 or even donate online at and help the Coach and Laurie run "end around" childhood hunger in South Dakota!

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