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In addition to serving meals, JDS employees also contribute to the Banquet Birthday Closet, a program to give gifts to children ages 1-12 who visit the Banquet for meals on their birthday. (Photo courtesy of JDS Industries)

Exclusive Coverage: JDS Industries Gives Back to Local Meal Ministry


JDS Industries is working to give back to its local community in need by serving breakfast at the Banquet, a volunteer-based meal ministry in its hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

JDS Marketing Specialist Brenna Walsh says that approximately 20-25 employees turn out several times each year to help the charity, whose mission is “to provide a welcoming place where people can gather, receive nourishment, and experience love in action, and to assist volunteers in providing food and fellowship to those served.” According to the Banquet, 196,000 meals were served to its community in 2016, with about a quarter of those meals feeding children under 12.

JDS Fabrication Specialist and Rotary Engraving Technician Leone Howes originally suggested that the company offer their services to the Banquet. “I think it’s a great organization and a worthwhile program,” Howes tells A&E magazine. “It makes me feel better about myself and gives me a new outlook on life.” 

Walsh says that JDS employees take pride in turning out to prep the meal, cook, serve, and wash dishes from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

In addition to serving meals, JDS employees also contribute to the Banquet Birthday Closet, a program to give gifts to children ages 1-12 who visit the Banquet for meals on their birthday. Monetary donations by the employees are matched dollar-for-dollar by the company, Walsh explains. Over the course of the gift drive, JDS amassed 70 toys and $340. The donations were matched and the employee relations team spent $680 on an additional 164 gifts to benefit the Banquet Birthday Closet. A total of 234 items were delivered when the employee volunteers recently served breakfast at the banquet.

For more information, visit www.jdsindustries.com.

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