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Study shows high rates of hunger in some SD counties

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You can't always tell when people are hungry, but numbers make it clear.

Feeding South Dakota released a county-by-county survey on hunger in our state.

Shoppers were busy Wednesday at the Feeding South Dakota Food Pantry. “We don't want anyone to go to bed with an empty stomach, or hungry, or wonder where they're next meal with come from,” said Lauren Forsch, development associate for Feeding South Dakota.

But unfortunately, Forsch says people are worried about when and what they’ll eat next. “One in eight South Dakotans is food insecure,” said Forsch.

A newly released ‘Map the Meal Gap’ study uses data collected in 2012 to break down the hunger pangs by county nation-wide. “We saw that in Pennington County there was an increase in the people that are food insecure; close to or above 12,000 individuals,” said Forsch.

Across the state, 103,000 people are food insecure. While that number may seem smaller when compared to more populated states, Forsch says the number is astounding when going by county. “You’ll notice that four counties in South Dakota are in the top 10 as far as the highest percentages of people who are food insecure in the counties,” said Forsch.

More than 20% of people in Shannon, Todd, and Buffalo counties do not have enough to eat. Lincoln and Sully have the lowest percentages, at just below 9%.

Click here for a complete list of counties.
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