Each year in November, the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) in Rapid City teams up with partnering agencies to host a Cultural Feast for the area’s foster care and kinship families. LSS joins in the merriment and is a part of a committee responsible for working with area businesses and organizations to plan the food and activities for the families.
On the day of the event, the families are able to pose for a family picture in front of a festive background for the children’s Life books. The children are then able to engage in activities ranging from coloring, crafts, and making bird feeders to take home. From that point, everybody hops in line to enjoy a smorgasbord of food while being served by DSS staff. One of the favorite dishes provided each year is the Wojapi, a traditional Native American dessert soup made from plums, and fried bread.
After dinner, there is cultural entertainment provided. The entertainment differs each year, but ranges from drum groups, flute music, story telling, dance recitals, and appearances from children’s favorite characters and super heroes.
After the end of the feast, each family has their name drawn for a door prize. Door prizes include hotel stays, water park passes, gas cards, family activity passes, and many gift cards for free meals at local restaurants. The Cultural Feast is a tradition that agency staff and families look forward to each year!
Submitted by: Foster Care Social Workers Joshua Harris & Beth Braun