Award-winning, home-show display feeds 150 families.

By BUILDER Magazine Staff

The Black Hills HBA of Rapid City, S.D., built its third annual neighborhood of "homes" out of purchased and donated food at its October Home Improvement Expo in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

"What is donated through other food drives doesn't always create an entire meal, so we wanted to purchase specific items that would give people a complete turkey dinner," says Janette McIntyre, executive officer of the Black Hills HBA. "Many of the people who will receive this food are homeless, disabled, ill, abused, neglected, chemically dependent, children, elderly, or needy and don't have the proper amount of nutritious food to sustain a healthy lifestyle."

Cereal and marshmallow packages make up the roofs while donated canned food forms Expo home walls. Displayed food and food purchased with ticket proceeds will provide complete Thanksgiving meals for 150 families.

The HBA collected nearly $1,500 in donations from its members and used the money to purchase the complementary items for nearly 150 turkey dinners, such as sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberries, stuffing, onions, mushroom soup, and pumpkin pie mix. Turkeys will be purchased closer to the holidays with a portion of Expo ticket proceeds.

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