Lunch. It’s something many of us take for granted. But there are many in our community who put in a full day of manual labor without the benefit of a noon meal. Lunch Is Served, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with the unique mission of delivering simple sack lunches for working men and women who are attempting to break the chains of poverty and hunger.

How it works:


Two times a week, volunteers meet at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Sioux Falls to make sandwiches and pack brown bag lunches. Each sack lunch includes: two meat and cheese sandwiches, breakfast bar, fruit cup, something salty like chips or crackers, a spoon, condiments, a napkin, and a brief note of encouragement.

After volunteers pack all the brown bag lunches needed for that day, they are delivered to local nonprofit partners and day labor offices for distribution to the working poor in our community. The meals are placed in refrigeration at each location and distributed to the recipients, free of charge, when they receive a job assignment.

How YOU can help:


Life 96.5 has reserved a packing time on Monday, May 21st at 5:15 pm! We’ve had a great response, and are happy to let you know all spots for that date are filled! Would you consider getting your own group of 15 friends and family together and volunteer at a future date? To volunteer just e-mail Lynn with Lunch is served and tell her you want to help! Contact her at or call 605-271-6161.


Visit the Lunch Is Served website to learn how you can share food items (see below list), gas cards (for delivery volunteers) or cash (credit card gifts accepted online).

Each lunch costs just $2.00, so a donation of just $10.00 would feed a laborer for a week!

Items to donate include:

Individual sized bags of chips, fruit cups (applesauce, mixed fruit, pears, peaches, or fruit with Jell-O), breakfast bars (fruit or cereal), Rice Krispie treats, plastic spoons, dinner napkins, gas cards for delivering food.

Drop of locations for donations include:lunch-is-served-bag

Emmanuel Baptist Church, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

1st Congregational Church,  300 S Minnesota Ave, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Sunnycrest United Methodist Church 4801 W. 41st St. (Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am to noon, and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Or the Life 96.5 Studios, 1 mile west of 69th & Louise, 6300 S. Tallgrass Avenue, Sioux Falls.


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All packing takes place at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1600 E. 12th St, Sioux Falls.

Packing in groups with 15 people, each packing time takes 1-1/2 hours.


Thank you for being the Hands and Feet of Jesus!