PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) $840,000 in grants will be offered to provide emergency food assistance to low-income people in 39 South Dakota counties-according to the South Dakota Department of Social Services. Department of Social Services Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon says funds were appropriated by the 2012 South Dakota Legislature to expand services to help South Dakotans who need food assistance. The Emergency Food Assistance grants were awarded to four agencies, including Feeding South Dakota, which will receive just over $491,000 to purchase a truck and food; and to deliver the items to the least populated, most low-income areas of the state. The grant funds will serve people across the state for three years. After the initial three-year grant period is complete, the programs are expected to be self-sustaining.
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