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$840K in grants provide emergency food assistance to South Dakota

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People in 39 South Dakota counties could be a little less hungry thanks to more than $800,000 in grants from the Department of Social Services.

The South Dakota Department of Social Services announced Monday it is distributing $840,000 in grants to help South Dakotans in need of food. The Department of Social Services says the grants will serve people across the state for three years, and after the three-year grant period the programs are expected to be self-sustaining.

The funds were appropriated by the 2012 South Dakota Legislature. The Emergency Food Assistance grants were awarded to four agencies:

  • Feeding South Dakota receives $491,813 to purchase a food delivery truck for the least populated and most low-income counties in the state.
  • The Rural Office of Community Services, Inc. is receiving $66,000 to assist in establishing food pantries in areas where there are none.
  • Western South Dakota Community Action Agency is receiving $225,000 to implement a mobile food pantry.
  • Messiah New Hope is receiving $57,250 to expand its Bread Break program to harvest and transport food from sources who have prepared excess food that can be served to homeless individuals in Sioux Falls.

All grants include a monitoring and evaluation component of each program's effectiveness.  The agencies are required to maintain fiscal accounting and program performance data to illustrate the success of each program.

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