Food Security Manager fights for those in need

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA-TV) Mary Corbine is Rapid City's first food security manager. She started in that role in March 2017. Her position was made possible thanks to a grant from the Black Hills Area Community Foundation and came about as a result of Rapid City Collective Impact discussions in which it was clear there was a need for focused attention on food insecurity in the Rapid City area.

As Feeding South Dakota's food security manager, Mary's role is to identify the overall food security needs and challenges that exist within Rapid City and facilitate development of community-wide solutions to meet those needs through creating, managing and growing agency partnerships throughout the city.

She is collecting baseline data on food insecurity so that we can have as precise information as possible to see what resources are available and where the needs are in Rapid City. Once the Rapid City Collective Impact have this baseline data, we can accurately assess the information and work on solutions.

During the first half of summer, 14 summer food sites were up and running - all serving free lunch to youth, ages 1-18, several days of the week, and most of them serving breakfast too. Now that educational programming has ended at some of the Rapid City Area Schools' locations, a few of those sites are now closed for the summer; however, 8 of the sites will continue to feed kids well into August.

Contact the Helpline Center by dialing 211 (or texting their zip codes to 898211) to learn more about these and other food assistance programs.
In addition to the weekday sites, the Rapid City YMCA is serving lunch to kids on Saturdays this summer at the Y's downtown location.

Access to meals on the weekend can be pretty limited, so this is one more meal that will be available for kids, ages 1-18, free of charge through the summer.

Anyone who wants to take a look at the Summer Food map can go to rccimpact.org.