Feeding South Dakota

Jackie Hendry

Avera Health is awarding a more-than $126,000 grant to Feeding South Dakota. The money will help the organization provide food to rural communities through its Mobile Food Pantry Program. 

Matt Gassen is the CEO of Feeding South Dakota. During the announcement in the organization’s food warehouse in Sioux Falls, he says more than 100 thousand South Dakotans are considered “food insecure.” Many are in the state’s most rural areas.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Hundreds of local families who stock their kitchens with help from Feeding South Dakota can now add milk to their cereal. That’s thanks to a drive that motivated individuals and businesses to donate 10,300 gallons of milk. People filling their carts during September paid extra to send milk to Feeding South Dakota. Their donations are now out for delivery.

Monday a refrigerated truck backed up to the Feeding South Dakota building. Four hundred gallons rolled out of the cooler and into the warehouse. The milk is the first installment of more than 10,000 gallons. 

Charles Michael Ray

The Cornerstone Rescue mission is running overcapacity in Rapid City.   The mission provides about 400 meals per day and nightly shelter for about 150 homeless people in western South Dakota.  

Cornerstone officials say on some nights as many as 30 women and children are sleeping on the floor in the basement because the mission has no more room to house those in need.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray sat down with the Cornerstone Rescue Mission Executive Director  Lysa Allison and the mission’s board president Chad Carpenter.

Statewide Food Drive Helps Pantries Meet Demands

May 11, 2016

This Saturday, mail carriers are picking up not only letters and packages, but canned soup, cereal, and pasta.

On the second Saturday of May, letter carriers partner with food pantries to help keep shelves stocked over the summer months.

Jennifer Stensaas is with Feeding South Dakota. She says the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is now in its 24th year.  

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A new study shows many children in South Dakota are vulnerable when it comes to poverty and hunger. The latest information from Feeding America shows some areas have up to four out of 10 kids who don’t know where they’ll get their next meal. The annual report is a detailed look at food insecurity in the state.

The latest data on hunger issues in South Dakota shows 12.4 percent of people in the state are food insecure. That number is unchanged from last year, but Kerri DeGraff with Feeding South Dakota says more South Dakotans are hungry.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Cattle producers in South Dakota are raising money to feed the hungry by hosting a Toby Keith concert. The famous country artist is slated to perform in the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls in June. Tickets go on sale on Friday, and proceeds from the concert go to Feeding South Dakota. 

Members of a statewide cattle organization started a Prime Time Gala three years ago. The concert component of the event benefits the hungry. Todd Wilkinson is president of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association.

Chynna Lockett

For many people, the holidays are a time when the family gathers for a festive meal. But for people struggling to afford food, this may not be the case. Feeding South Dakota recently held its 5th annual Turkey Drive to provide families in need with a Thanksgiving meal.

A library in Sioux Falls is partnering with Feeding South Dakota to provide after-school snacks for elementary students.

At 3 o'clock on a school day, students at Anne Sullivan Middle School walk across the street to Oak View Library while they wait to get picked up. Director of Siouxland Libraries  Mary Johns says staff had the idea of asking Feeding South Dakota if the two groups could partner to provide a snack for students who stay late in the evening waiting for parents.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Feeding South Dakota is building a brand new facility in Sioux Falls. Leaders originally planned to expand their current warehouse, but they say they can build a new space for about the same price. Wednesday they broke ground on the project, and community partners are raising millions of dollars for the upgrade.

Stakeholders working to eliminate hunger pierce black dirt with gold-colored shovels for a photo op. They’re standing on ground in the northern part of Sioux Falls where six acres of overgrown grass is slated to become a Feeding South Dakota facility.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

An area health system is donating $75,000 to support a truck that takes food to hungry people across the state. Avera is putting $25,000 into Feeding South Dakota’s mobile food pantry each year for the next three. The donation supports communities in the central part of the state.

Feeding South Dakota’s mobile food truck has refrigerated sections. That means foods that need to stay cool – think dairy products, produce, and meats – can make it across the state for distribution to hungry families.

Feeding America

The latest information from Feeding America shows more than 1 in 10 South Dakotans lacks consistent access to enough healthy food. A recent study shows that, in the past year, more than 12 percent of people in South Dakota didn’t have access to enough food. 

Every county in South Dakota suffers from food insecurity. The numbers prove hunger affects children, and it’s more likely in certain parts of the state.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The federal government is directing $250,000 to South Dakota to help people with food or shelter in emergencies. That is the same amount the state usually receives from FEMA. The grant money can be used for problems housing and food problems that aren’t related to disasters.

FEMA distributes Emergency Food and Shelter Program money based on a state’s current unemployment, food insecurity and poverty data. In South Dakota, that equates to the minimum amount FEMA can provide a state.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Business leaders in the southeastern part of the state are committing to raising $1.2 million for Feeding South Dakota. The money is more than a third of the cost of a capital campaign to expand facilities in Sioux Falls. Members of the business community say the issue of hunger is personal.

Hannah Olsen SDPB

Business leaders in the southeastern part of the state are committing to raising more than one million dollars for Feeding South Dakota. It’s part of a three million dollar campaign to expand services and combine facilities in Sioux Falls. The campaign is the third phase of the "Hand to Hand" capital campaign which is also raising money for expansions in Rapid City and Pierre.

Feeding South Dakota

The non-profit organization Feeding South Dakota received a donation of one million dollars on Tuesday.

Feeding South Dakota Executive Director Matt Gassen says the money will help eliminate hunger in South Dakota.

“Today was a monumental day in the history of Feeding South Dakota in that we celebrated the gift of a million dollar endowment provided to us by Paul and Donna Christen from Huron. This is a gift that they wanted to give in the form of an endowment so that it would be providing us support in perpetuity,” says Gassen.

Feeding South Dakota is partnering with other groups from around the state and country for an event called “The Great American Milk Drive.” Officials claim milk is one of the most nutritional beverages but isn’t always available. Online methods are being used Wednesday to collect milk donations.