Food Security

for a resilient region.

Growing food and nutritional security in the Black Hills.

Collaborating to Prevent Hunger

We prevent hunger to strengthen the stability, health and resilience of Black Hills residents.

For now, our work is focused on Rapid City. We lead a collaborative group, the Friends of Food Security, to identify and address unmet needs.

From nonprofit workers to healthcare employees, our collective combines strengths to support our neighbors.

Needs Assessment started

This spring, we launched the Food Security Needs Assessment of Rapid City. Led by Augustana Research Institute, the study learns from those facing food insecurity and the nonprofits that serve them.

The study will reveal unmet needs focused on:

  • Food quantity
  • Food type
  • Transportation 
  • Awareness of resources
  • Ability to maximize assistance

Stay tuned — the published results will kick off a strategic plan for our Food Security Initiative.

We’ll present key findings at a Food Security Summit in 2025.

Ongoing food security projects

Friends of Food Security

 Every other month, we partner with Feeding South Dakota to facilitate a meeting focused on food security needs in Rapid City. Group members range from nonprofit workers to government and healthcare employees.

To help each other, members share resources, opportunities, and challenges. Starting in 2025, the members will collaborate around goals informed by the Needs Assessment of Rapid City.


Rapid City nonprofits offer free summer lunches to children who may rely on school meals during the academic year.

The Community Foundation helps nonprofits extend meals to the adults who bring children to the meal sites. This improves child participation and creates quality family time.

Summer Meal Schedule

We work with Rapid City nonprofits to create and distribute a map of free summer meal locations, times and eligibility requirements. This helps our partners share an all-in-one resource for their clients in need.

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Let’s create a thriving Black Hills together.

Have questions? Connect with Nicole.

Nicole Schlabach, Operations and Communications Specialist, leads our Food Security Initiative. She’s happy to answer questions and share opportunities for collaboration and partnership.