New Nightwatch Van
Generous donations to the Argus Leader Lend-a-Hand project provided funds for seven Sioux Falls United Methodist Churches to purchase and maintain a well equipped van for the weekly Sunday evening meal served in two downtown locations. Every Monday evening the van arrives at Hayward Elementary School to serve a warm supper to that neighborhood, most of whom are children. Sunday mornings First UMC serves breakfast from the van in their neighborhood. Passersby will see the Nightwatch van parked near a different UM Church every week.
Electric roasters can be plugged in to an onboard generator to keep food heated for serving. Storage is available for serving supplies, which eliminates loading and unloading the Styrofoam clamshells and other supplies every time a meal is served. Sioux Falls is home to so many generous and caring people who sacrifice to help those in need.
A governing board of representatives from each of the seven participating churches oversees the operation and maintenance of the van and develops the weekly serving schedule.
The total number of meals served during the year 2016 was 6,941, 2017 total meals 7,470 and in 2018 7,006 meals.