It has been a challenging year. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic recession, ending years of declining food insecurity rates – the lack of access to sufficient food because of limited financial resources. Feeding America estimates that 45 million people (1 in 7), including 15 million children (1 in 5), may have experienced food insecurity in 2020.
In South Dakota, one out of every nine persons and one in six children face hunger daily. Collectively 95,080 of the state’s population, of which 35,330 are children in South Dakota, deal with the realities of hunger.
In North Dakota, 51,610 people are struggling with hunger - and of them, 16,700 are children. The North Dakota reality is that one person out of every 15 and one of 10 children is struggling with hunger.
The 2021 Miracle Offering: Feeding the Dakotas is a hope-bringing, spirit-fueled activity that will have a lasting impact on thousands of hungry people across the Dakotas Conference.
Our goal for the 2021 Miracle Offering is $75,000 to be shared with the Great Plains Food Bank in North Dakota, Feeding South Dakota, and grants to local hunger ministries.
As you prepare for the 2021 Annual Conference, please be in prayer for all the hungry people in the world, especially our neighbors living in our communities facing hunger.