Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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June 18, 2012

Department of Social Services Awards $840,000 In Emergency Food Assistance Grants

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Social Services announced today that $840,000 in grants will be distributed to provide emergency food assistance to low-income people in 39 South Dakota counties.

“We were pleased with the response we received from local agencies that were interested in expanding services to those in need of food assistance in South Dakota,” said Department of Social Services Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon.

Funds were appropriated by the 2012 South Dakota Legislature to expand services to new populations or offer innovative strategies to help South Dakotans in need of food assistance.

The Emergency Food Assistance grants were awarded to four agencies:

  • Feeding South Dakota will receive $491,813 to purchase a truck, purchase food and deliver it to the least populated, most low-income counties in the state.
  • The Rural Office of Community Services, Inc. will receive $66,000 to assist in establishing food pantries in areas where there are currently none and will provide funding for additional food in other food pantries in their service areas.
  • Western South Dakota Community Action Agency will receive $225,000 to implement a mobile food pantry for low-income individuals in rural areas.
  • Messiah New Hope in Sioux Falls will receive $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 and other individuals in Sioux Falls.

The grants will serve people across the state for three years. At the end of the initial three-year grant period, the programs are expected to be self-sustaining.

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.