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Nearly 100,000 South Dakotans Thankful for SNAP This Thanksgiving

November 17, 2010

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. - As Thanksgiving approaches, the latest numbers for Food Stamp use in South Dakota show that putting food on the table has become a challenge for more families. More than 99,000 people are enrolled for the Food Stamp program - now referred to by its new acronym, SNAP. That's 3,000 more people enrolled than this spring, and 25,000 more than just a few years ago. Cathy Brechtelsbauer is a volunteer for Bread for the World in Sioux Falls.

"We always have a lot of folks needing food stamps with our low wages here, but right now we can be especially grateful for the way the Food Stamp program adjusts to the economic conditions. It's a really wonderful way that we all come together to help people in a time of need."

Brechtelsbauer says nutrition programs like SNAP help more than just the people receiving food.

"It helps the farmers - they're buying agricultural products – and it helps the whole society, because all of society is healthier, especially children, growing up with good nutrition. That's a benefit to all of us."

She encourages South Dakotans to also give thanks for the many local efforts that help fill in the gaps, from church and other local groups to food pantries. To learn more or to apply for SNAP is to visit a local Department of Social Services office, located in 64 communities around the state. The list can be found online at http://dss/sd/gov/offices.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - SD