The Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op has added the Oahe Child Development Center as its newest produce pick-up location in Pierre.

The addition of a new site means that co-op contributors will now have the option to pick up their fruits and veggies at the Boys & Girls Club, located at 110 S. Ree St., or at the Oahe Child Development Center, located at 2307 E. Capitol Ave., the following week.

“It makes it so that if you forget one week, you’re not doomed for the next two,” said Sally Stevens, co-founder of Bountiful Baskets. “Most people forget occasionally, so it’s nice having it every weekend.”

In case you’re not familiar, Bountiful Baskets is a grassroots food co-op that originated in Arizona and has since spread to 19 other states. By going to the Bountiful Baskets website, www.bountifulbaskets.org, people can view the 46 locations available in South Dakota and make a financial contribution to claim a basket of fruits and vegetables in their area.

Contributors can also sign up for extras like bread, granola, or special fruit and veggie packs. Stevens said that the extra produce, much like the conventional baskets, are meant to encourage meal planning and healthy eating habits. In January, the focus was on fruits and vegetables that could be juiced.

Stevens said that seeing lives change across the country and receiving positive feedback from communities has kept the co-op going.

“I love giving people opportunities to make good choices. It helps people eat better when the food is inexpensive and available,” Stevens said. “I hope people are able to get out there and visit with each other and think about the food that they’re putting into their bodies a little bit more.”

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