South Dakota – Coach John Stiegelmeier, the winningest football coach in South Dakota State University history, has built the Jackrabbit program into a yearly contender within the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision. On a more personal level and for the third year in a row, John and his wife Laurie are tackling another rival, child hunger in South Dakota.
Children at risk of hunger are provided free or reduced meals through the National School Lunch Program. While this program effectively combats hunger during the school day, it does not address the needs of children when school is not in session. This is where Feeding South Dakota’s Child Hunger Programs step in.
One such program is the BackPack Program, designed to fill this gap by providing at-risk children with nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods during weekends and holidays.
It began on May 13th and continues through May 24th, 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 Ave, 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.
To thank donors for their support of this matching challenge, the Stiegelmeier’s and South Dakota State University are providing prizes consisting of:
- All donors are eligible to win a dinner for two with Coach John and Laurie Stiegelmeier. Valued at $250.
- All donors providing gifts for $500 or more are eligible to win four club level tickets and a parking pass to a 2019 South Dakota State University home football game of the winner’s choice. Valued at $4,000.
- All donors who give $1,000 or more are eligible to win two passes to travel with the 2019 Jackrabbit’s football team to a game of the winner’s choice. Valued at $10,000.