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Feeding South Dakota expands to meet growing need


Last year, 40,000 Black Hills families depended on the services of Feeding South Dakota to put food on the table.
In an effort to expand their reach, Feeding South Dakota cut the ribbon on its new location Thursday morning.

Directors say it's an important step toward serving more families and storing more food.

The 30,000 square foot building is four times the size of their previous location. Last year, Feeding South Dakota distributed $3.2 million pounds of food across the state, and that need is still growing every year.
"Ironically, we're still seeing slight increases, double digits, 10 to 14 percent. More people than we saw in 2012 than 2011," said Matt Gasten, Executive Director of Feeding South Dakota.
Of the people who use the Feeding South Dakota pantry, 40 percent are children. The new building carried a price tag of $1.5 million dollars. Directors plan to launch a fundraising campaign to pay for that cost.

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