Last year, Feeding South Dakota provided over 60,000 backpacks filled with food to children in need, reports KOTA News. The backpacks are filled with foods that are easy to prepare for children to eat during weekends and holidays. Feeding South Dakota staff have noted that attendance at schools increases on Fridays due to the backpack program.
Feeding South Dakota intends to reach even more children in 2018 to ensure fewer children go hungry during the school year.
To read more about children and youth in the Black Hills region, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive.