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Development Director

Phone: (605) ***-****  HQ Phone
Feeding South Dakota
3511 N 1st Ave
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104
United States

Company Description: In 2012, Feeding South Dakota as a whole distributed 12.5 million pounds of food in the fight against hunger. Our partnership with Feeding America provides us with...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Development Director
    Community Food Banks of South Dakota
  • Pierre Food Bank
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Film shines light on hunger problem » News Stories » News & Events » Feeding South Dakota
www.feedingsouthdakota.org, 16 Sept 2012 [cached]
"One in every eight individuals in South Dakota are food insecure," said Kerri DeGraff, development director with Feeding South Dakota.
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"We know individuals often are choosing between paying rent and not buying food," DeGraff said.
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Food collection bins will be set up to accept any donations of nonperishable items, but that is not the event's goal, DeGraff said.
"The goal is to raise awareness about the issues of hunger," she said.
About Us » About Us » Feeding South Dakota
www.feedingsouthdakota.org, 13 Mar 2014 [cached]
Kerri DeGraff Development Director
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Kerri DeGraff, the development director of Feeding South Dakota said, "It just goes back to the generosity of people that live here.
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On Sunday morning, Kerri DeGraff, Development Director for Feeding South Dakota stopped by the KDLT Orange Couch to chat about how you can help.
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Kerri DeGraff with Feeding South Dakota said, "I think it's important just to be aware that hunger does exist and that it exists right here within our local community."
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DeGraff said, "At this point we don't have the resources to keep our food pantry stocked and going at that capacity and to serve that many people."
A study called Map the Meal Gap provides insight of just how widespread hunger is in their community. One in five children are in need of food in the state.
"Nearly 50 percent of the people we see at our food pantry are kids and so I think it speaks volumes to the amount of children who are living in food insecure homes," said DeGraff.
While rural counties, such as Buffalo, Shannon, and Todd counties, continue to see the highest percentages of food insecurity in the state, Lincoln and Minnehaha's numbers are on the rise.
DeGraff said, "Within our larger communities, we do see numbers of food insecure individuals slightly rising and so while it's still significantly lower than what we see in the rural areas, it's still something that we're watching."
Meaning the organization will only have to work harder.
"When we see data showing that the need continues to grow, we wonder how are we going to continue to not only keep up but to lessen that need," said DeGraff.
So, people like Earnesta don't have to worry about where their next meal will come from.
DeGraff said, "I didn't even see all that stuff, caught me off guard with that one."
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