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Hand to Hand: The Campaign for Feeding South Dakota

Nearly four decades ago, people on both the eastern and western sides of South Dakota came together in the fight to eliminate hunger. And out of their drive, their determination, and their resilience, a statewide operation was born… touching every county of our state.

Today, Feeding South Dakota is the very embodiment of what happens when people join hands and work together to change lives. Volunteers, donors, staff, and partnering nonprofits have worked tirelessly to ensure that hungry individuals across the state have access to quality, nutritious food. Together, we've made a difference in the lives of hungry South Dakotans.

While innovative initiatives like our BackPack Program and Mobile Food Pantry have put more food into the hands of young children and elderly adults who need it most, our work is yet unfinished.

  • Our state is home to 4 of the top 10 poorest counties in the United States.
  • 1 out of every 8 people in this state is food insecure—they do not know where or when they will have access to food on a regular basis.
  • 1 out of every 5 children is at risk of going hungry.

The two of us have lived in South Dakota long enough to know that together as a state, we can change that. That is why we are partnering together—and are asking you to join us—in this crucial initiative to ensure that no one in our state goes hungry. Funds raised through Hand to Hand: The Campaign for Feeding South Dakota will allow us to expand our services, reach and impact. It will mean that if we stay the course, we can live in a state in which no child feels the ache of an empty stomach, no senior has to worry where their next meal will come from, and all people can receive the nourishment they need to be their best selves.

We believe that all individuals, no matter the circumstance, deserve a warm smile and a warm meal, especially to get through a rough patch in life. Today, we ask you to extend your hand with ours, and join us. Not only for our organization, but for the people of our state.


Matt Gassen
Executive Director, Feeding South Dakota

Dale Larson
Campaign Chair


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