SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota (Dakota News Now) – A new U.S. Census Bureau study shows food insecure households will increase in 2023, and the Department of Agriculture estimates that between 2020 and 2022, 10.9% of South Dakotans will It was announced that he was living in an insecure household.
Hunger Free America and Feeding South Dakota want to change.
South Dakota isn’t alone. Every state is experiencing this increase in the number of food insecure households. Hunger Free America attributes the surge to the expansion of the child tax credit and the expiration of universal school meals. They call these numbers “wake-up calls.”
Recent numbers have emerged that prove how Feeding South Dakota, Hunger Free America and others are performing with their programs this year.
The Census Bureau’s Household Dynamics Survey showed a 53.5% increase in the number of people who don’t have enough to eat compared to 2021. At the time, there were 41,097 food insecure households, but that number has increased to 63,078.
“It shows that hunger exists everywhere, even before we can see it in the data. It exists to some extent in every county in South Dakota,” said Stacey, director of marketing and communications for the South Dakota Department of Feeding.・Mr. Andernacht said:
Demand for food services and programs is higher than ever before. Factors range from rising costs at grocery stores, less food being donated, and cuts in federal aid for SNAP and WIC programs.
“We hope this report serves as a wake-up call to federal, state, and local officials: first, to ensure higher wages; second, to ensure adequate and sufficient government and third, to ensure that philanthropic organizations have sufficient resources to help.’ Close the Gap,” said Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America.
Another factor is the extension of the Farm Bill. The bill would help fund nutrition programs and nonprofit organizations that fight hunger. Andernacht said a one-year extension rather than a renewal may not be enough to meet demand.
“We still get funding for these nutrition programs and grocery programs, but the amount of funding is the same as it was five years ago,” Andernacht said. “We could do something sooner rather than later to update the Farm Bill and make it better for today’s economic climate.”
The changes Hunger Free America wants to see go beyond volunteering and donations, as well as legislation that funds safety net programs to meet demand and prevent situations that could potentially cause families to become food insecure. It also depends on the law.
“If there is political will, we can solve the problem within a few years,” Berg explained. “If the ghost of George McGovern could come back and say to all of us in Dakota, ‘Why aren’t you following this great bipartisan tradition of fighting hunger?’ I would do it. Two great South Dakota leaders, George McGovern and Tom Daschle, were national leaders in the fight to end hunger in America. It was a time of truly bipartisan support. The late, great Bob Dole of Kansas, another plains state, actually helped build the modern nutrition safety net. That’s why we lost bipartisan support for a stronger safety net. This is extremely heartbreaking and frankly upsetting.”
Feeding South Dakota and Hunger Free America continue to prepare for future demands. Although it is difficult to predict food insecurity, they believe food insecurity will continue to increase or remain the same.
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