Jessica, a stay-at-home mom, has her hands full trying to care for her three children: ages six, four, and one. Adding another challenge into the mix is that her six-year-old son has cystic fibrosis. With only her husband working, the medical costs - and other household expenses - add up quickly.
"We have lots of medical bills and prescriptions... it seems like the dollars never go as far as they should."
Feeding six hungry teenagers is tough enough … and even more so when you factor in the other challenges this family has faced due to health issues, unemployment, and the pandemic. But thanks to you, the Hilkemeier family has been able to get nourishing fruit, veggies, protein, and other essentials for their growing kids.
"I want to thank you for all of the food you supply to the poeople in our area. My husband and I have 6 kids ages 11-18, and your trucks have made it so we have food throughout some of our hardest times."
Corrine knows the constant struggle of trying to keep her large family fed. She is a stay-at-home mom and her husband works full-time, but sometimes the money he brings home simply isn’t enough to pay all their bills and buy food.
“We usually do pretty good, but this month he didn’t get enough hours and we needed a little extra help,” she said. “We’re not on food stamps or anything, so it definitely helps. This is just to get us by until we can catch up a bit.”
Deborah and her husband are struggling in their senior years. In addition to health challenges, they rely solely on her husband’s disability income and it’s difficult to stretch their meager income to cover all their expenses.
Deborah and her husband are just one couple among the many seniors here in South Dakota who are struggling to get by on a limited income. Read more why your support is so important to ensure food gets to elderly men and women, as well as the children and families we serve.
"Usually by the middle of the month we don’t have any money at all. Me and my husband wouldn’t be able to eat sometimes without your help."
Catherine never imagined she would have to make the hard choice between buying food or paying bills. But when she stopped working, money worries became a way of life.
Catherine is just one of the growing number of seniors who are struggling to keep food on the table. As our population continues to age, it’s more important than ever to ensure that these vulnerable men and women are not overlooked. Thank you for caring about our neighbors in need and giving generously to ensure no one in South Dakota goes hungry!
“I never thought that I was going to experience this. I wake up and try to figure out how I’m going to make it through the day.”
Cheyenne’s world was turned upside down when her sister died, leaving behind two young children. Cheyenne packed up her own child and moved to Sioux Falls to adopt her sister’s kids.
She is now raising four kids under the age of 12. Though times were tough at first, Cheyenne soon found help caring for her blended family. To see how Feeding South Dakota assisted Cheyenne’s family when times were tough, read more.
“I was running out of food today. Being able to have this kind of resource is a lifesaver.” – Cheyenne
The fresh food and produce you help provide helps jean's Grankids thrive. Jean worked the night shift at a nursing home in Mitchell for 31 years before retiring to take in three young grandchildren. Now, at 71, she is struggling to raise them on her own, and has learned first-hand how hard it is to make ends meet on a limited fixed income. Learn more about Jean's Story in our Spring Newsletter.