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NORTHERN HILLS — In this series, the Black Hills Pioneer staff attempted to examine hunger around us and its effects, and what we found is that it’s hard to track. Hunger is interconnected to a myriad of other issues related to health, wellness, education, productivity, wellbeing, financial …

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PINE RIDGE — Hunger is a fact of life for those living on South Dakota’s seven Indian Reservations, where third-world conditions of extreme poverty found a home in America. Many issues contribute to this lingering problem on the reservations, but they all share the same root: severe economic…

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NORTHERN HILLS — For some elderly and home-bound members of the community with health setbacks that would otherwise be debilitating, life-changing events are turned into a process of healing and regaining strength, thanks to the far-reaching, Hills-wide benefits of local Meals on Wheels programs.

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SOUTH DAKOTA — Everyone can relate to hunger. It’s a feeling we get every day when we need to fuel our bodies with food, one of the basic necessities for survival. When hunger strikes, many people are able to reach into the cupboard for a snack or have a pantry full of options for what to ea…

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In this series, the Black Hills Pioneer staff examines the effects of hunger around us in our state and local communities.