We have all heard the facts before. Numbers and statistics of hungry children, seniors going without meals to pay for medication, and families with empty cupboards.
The problem? These are more than just numbers.
The numbers describe REAL people who do not have enough food to make it through the month, and they REALLY live right here in our state, in our neighborhoods, even on our street. These are REAL people you can help today by donating to Feeding South Dakota.
Hunger in South Dakota
- 14.6% of individuals live at or below the poverty line.
- One out of every eight individuals in South Dakota is food insecure.
- One out of every five children is at risk of going hungry.
- Nearly 50% of the individuals served by Feeding South Dakota are children and infants.
- Three counties in South Dakota are the poorest in the United States.
- South Dakota has eight of the nation’s 30 poorest counties.
- 40% of school-aged children in our state qualify for free and reduced meals.
- 19.2% of people 50 or older in our state live below the poverty line.
- Nearly 40% of those served by Feeding South Dakota are considered to be a working poor family.
- The average monthly income for households served by Feeding South Dakota, and our partner agencies, is $970.00.
Thanks to supporters across the state and country, Feeding South Dakota is able to fight hunger in every county of our state.
Impact of Feeding South Dakota
- Over 190,000 people provided with food every year.
- 13.5 million pounds of food distributed in Fiscal Year 2016, providing 11.3 million meals to families, seniors, and individuals across the state.
- 5,200 packages of food are distributed to hungry children every week through our BackPack Program.
- Our Food Pantry Program serves more than 90,000 people very year, providing 1.7 million meals to individuals in need.
- 450,000 meals are provided to families living in high need, rural South Dakota through our Mobile Food Pantry Program.