Hunger in South Dakota

We've 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 streets. These are REAL people you can help today by donating to Feeding South Dakota.

Hunger in South Dakota

  • 13.7% of individuals live at or below the poverty line.
  • One out of every nine individuals in South Dakota is food insecure.
  • One out of every six children is at risk of going hungry.
  • Nearly 50% of the individuals served by Feeding South Dakota are children and infants.
  • More than 40 percent of residents living in the counties of Corson, Ziebach, Oglala, and Lakota are considered persons in poverty (Corson Co. 47.4 percent, Ziebach Co. 47.1 percent, Oglala Lakota Co. 44.2 percent, Todd Co. 44 percent) 
  • 43 percent of South Dakota school-aged children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Thanks to supporters across the state and country, Feeding South Dakota is able to fight hunger in all 66 counties of our state.

Impact of Feeding South Dakota in FY21

  • Feeding South Dakota distributes 17.7 million pounds of food to individuals in need, providing 14.8 million meals to hungry individuals across South Dakota. 
  • Nearly 4,000 packages of food are distributed weekly to hungry children across South Dakota through the BackPack Program.
  • 8.9 million meals are distributed to thousands of families through more than 115 Mobile Food Pantry distributions sites in South Dakota.