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Hunger Facts

You have heard the “facts” a thousand times. Numbers and statistics of hungry people, starving families, and children with empty stomachs.

The problem? Those are not just numbers and statistics. Those numbers describe REAL people who are suffering from a lack of food. REAL people suffering from a lack of resources. REAL people suffering from a lack of hope.

At Feeding South Dakota, we are not trying to overwhelm you with numbers or statistical data. We just want you to know how many South Dakotans really do need our help. More importantly, we want you to know how many South Dakotans need YOUR help. 

Click on the facts below and remember: these are REAL people that you can help by donating to Feeding South Dakota today.

Click here to view our entire list of facts about hunger and Feeding South Dakota.

Hunger is a solvable issue if we all work together.

Map the Meal Gap

Feeding America first published the Map the Meal Gap project in early 2011, with the generous support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Nielsen, to learn more about the face of hunger at the local level. In August, 2011, with the support of the ConAgra Foods Foundation, child food insecurity data was added to the project. The maps below reflect 2010-2014 data, and will be updated every year with new data. Select a year and area in this interactive map below and start learning more about the residents struggling with hunger in your community and the food banks that serve them.





Almost half of the individuals our food pantries serve are children and infants

No child should ever go hungry. But the sad truth is that almost half of the food pantry’s recipients are hungry children. With your donations, you can help us change this. Whether you provide a BackPack Program donation or simply give a general donation to Feeding South Dakota, YOU can make a difference. You can put food in a child’s empty stomach. You can put hope in a child’s heart.

Over 120,000 individuals in South Dakota live at or below the poverty line

South Dakota is a proud state. Sometimes we find it hard to believe how many of our state’s residents live below the poverty line. But whether we want to believe it or not does not change the fact that it is true. South Dakota is home to the three poorest counties in the United States. If a woman cannot provide food for her family, she comes to Feeding South Dakota. If a man is unable to find work, we can help him relieve his hunger. As proud a state as South Dakota might be, sometimes people need help. We are here to be that help. We are here to fight that hunger. We are here to feed South Dakota.

Over 2,800 food boxes are supplied to Seniors monthly

Over 2,800 supplemental food boxes are distributed to low-income seniors in Central and Eastern South Dakota each month.

Distributed 12.3 million pounds of food to individuals in need

Distributed 12.3 million pounds of food to individuals in need, providing 10.2 million meals to hungry individuals across South Dakota. 

Feeding South Dakota provides emergency food assistance for an estimated 190,000 people every year

The need is real. People across this state come to Feeding South Dakota looking for help. Thousands of real human beings hoping to fill their stomachs and put an end to their hunger. As a hunger relief organization, our goal is to fight hunger and help these 190,000+ individuals. With your help, we will succeed.

The Sioux Falls and Rapid City Pantries serve over 90,000 people each year.

The Rapid City Food Pantry and Sioux Falls Food Pantry provides emergency food and personal care items to over 90,000 individuals each year.

Over 5,500 BackPacks are distributed weekly

Every week, over 5,500 packages of food are distributed through our BackPack Program to school children across South Dakota. These food packages provide nutrious, easy-to-prepare foods to children in need.