Feeding SD prepares for increased food need from government shutdown

RAPID CITY S.D. – As the government shutdown drags on, food pantries in Rapid City and across the country have their eye on food stamp programs.

Feeding South Dakota is preparing for increased demand if residents don’t get food stamps. Even during the shutdown, the government issued food stamp benefits for February.

But Feeding South Dakota warns, if the shutdown continues, there’s no guarantee there will any more benefits.

“We’re going to do what we can, but this is unprecedented,” said George Rokusek, the Western Operations Manager at Feeding South Dakota.

In November of 2018, nearly 90,000 South Dakotans received SNAP benefits. Nearly half were children.

“We know the SNAP benefits on an average month in the state of South Dakota are five million pounds [of food],” Rokusek said. “We can’t make up all that difference. We’re trying to double our capacity but at the same time there’s going to be a shortage,” he said.

But Rokusek says time is running out, and that Feeding South Dakota is feeling the pressure.

“When the SNAP benefits for February run out, that’s where we’re going to see the major impact on us, and that’s not far off.”

To double their food intake, it’s going to take a lot of people to help, whether its with food, time, or money. To donate, visit Feeding South Dakota’s website and click on “How to Help” or send an email to info@feedingsouthdakota.org.

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