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2023 Yearly Totals

Posted on 2-2-2023

Below is a report showing an overview of people served at the Kingsbury County Food Pantry in 2023. If you have any questions regarding the report, please contact us

2023 Yearly Totals Report (PDF)

December 2023 Pantry Overview

Posted on 1-22-2024

This month of December 2023 UMC (DS) supplied the pantry. We would like to thank them. We appreciate all the donations of food & money. Thank you so much.

The next few months the following churches will take a turn:

  • Jan - DSCC (DS)
  • Feb - ALC (DS)
  • Mar - UMC (IR)
  • Apr - ST THOMAS (DS)
  • May - UMC (DS)
  • June - C&MA (DS)
  • July - DSCC (DS)

*you may notice that it seems CMA will be skipped in Jan. But, to rotate months one church is skipped each year - this year if just happens to be the CMA church that is skipped. The reason we rotate the churches is because some months our needs rise - Nov (Thanksgiving) & Dec (Christmas). It would not be fair that one church always has to take those months.

Just in the past few months the families that have come to the pantry have increased. Winter months are hard to judge. Sometimes we can be over run & other times we don’t get many families for a variety of reasons. However, the pantry is stocked rather well. We need a few things but Monetary donations can go a lot farther as we get much better prices on groceries from both FEEDING SD & MAYNARDS

For everyone who donated this month, thank you for thinking of the pantry & all of the families that need the pantry.

Groceries bought at Maynard’s for the pantry can be left at Maynard’s & they will deliver on Tues. when we are open, or, if you prefer to give a monetary donation you can send it to
Kingsbury County Food Pantry PO Box 202 DeSmet SD 57231

Checks should be made out to Kingsbury County Food Pantry or KCFP


The following are the people who were helped at the pantry this last month:

  • 28 families
  • 5 new family
  • 65 all people
  • 30 children 17 & under
  • 29 adults 18-59
  • 12 seniors 60+
  • 4 out of 20 senior box recipients also came in for extra food
  • 20 Senior Boxes
  • 112 back packs (Lake Preston weekly 16 – 16 – 16; DeSmet weekly 23 – 23 - 18)

If you or someone you know is 60 + & has a gross income close to these last year’s govt limits they may be eligible for a senior box … Senior boxes contain * peanut butter *2 cereal *2 juice *can veggies *can fruit *rice *shelf stable milk * main dish meat meal *3 lb block of cheese & other items that vary The income of all the people living in the home must be considered… HOWEVER THE LIMIT IS GOING UP SIGNIFICANTLY SO EVEN IF YOUR OVER YOU MAY STILL QUALIFY. Call Robyn if interested 605-203-1993.

  • 1 Person - 1580.00 month (gross) before deductions
  • 2 Person - 2137.00 month (gross) before deductions
  • 3 Person - 2694.00 month (gross) before deductions
  • 4 Person - 3250.00 month (gross) before deductions

The items needed for next month

  • Pudding
  • Hamburger, Tuna, or Chicken Helper (not stroganoff)
  • Jelly

Non-Food Items Items

  • Paper Towels
  • Kleenex
  • Toilet Paper
  • Fabric Softener
  • Liquid Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap

Personal Care Items

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Liquid Soap
  • Disposable Razors
  • Shave Cream
  • Lotion (Hand or Body)
  • etc


Thank You, Robyn Flickinger

Student Council Fills Food Pantry

Posted on 1-4-2023

The De Smet High School Student Council collected approximately 1,500 items for the food pantry and delivered them on Wednesday, December 21, filling the hallway and a room in back. The effort they made means so much more because they are in school & already have so many things going on in their lives.

Students include: Olivia Johnson, standing left, Cori Bickel, Jamie McCune, and Calli Fields; Alyssa Asleson, seated left, Sam Gigov, Trucker Crain and Emily Jennings. Not Pictured are student council advisor Mr. Bettin and student council members Brayden Roth, Chauncy Driscoll and Chase Temme.

Student Council Food Drive Student Council Food Drive

Fruit Sales to the Food Pantry

Posted on 1-4-2023

The FFA chapter donated the extra fruit from the fruit sales to the food pantry. This picture was taken when the fruit was delivered on Tuesday, December 20. Pictures are George Jensen, left, Tom Aughenbaugh, Trace Van Regenmorter and Kadyn Fast. The effort they made means so much more because they are in school & already have so many things going on in their lives.

FFA Students

Warm Winter Project Giveaway

Posted on 10-11-2022

The Lutheran Church in DeSmet is working with the Kingsbury County Food Pantry to collect NEW and GENTLY USED Winter Wear. If you can donate any of the following in any size, children or adult, men and women:

  • Coats
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Gloves/Mittens
  • Boots
  • Socks

Please bring these items to the entryway of the Lutheran Church Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.

We will be collecting for a few weeks, and have the giveaway on Thursday November 3rd and Friday November 4th from 9am to 3pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also call for an appointment at (605)854-3684.

Thank You, Robyn Flickinger

Bella Ward - Thank You!

Posted on 10-5-2020

Bella Ward celebrated her 11th birthday Sunday at the DeSmet Event Center with her classmates. Bella has always been concerned for the well being of others and has asked her classmates to bring donations to the food pantry instead of a gift.

This young lady is special, she is selfless. She had a party and assuredly deserved the gifts her friends would bring to her birthday celebration. But, she choose to help needy people instead. She asked her friends to bring food for the Kingsbury County Food Pantry in lieu of gifts.

No one made her do this, this was 100% her idea and I felt her selflessness should be reported because my heart leapt for joy when I heard a young person wanted to help those who have so little. I was pretty sure others would feel the same.

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Bake Sale/Lemonade Stand Fundraiser

Posted on 8-26-2019

These kids got together on their own and had a bake sale / lemonade stand this past week. They donated all their money to the Kingsbury County Food Pantry. There was NO adult organizing it, it was conceived & executed by this wonderful group of young people. Although when they told Devin Club what they wanted to do, she was kind enough to give them a hand & be their chauffeur. Devon Clubb assured me tho that the kids thought it up, did their own baking, & selling.

If you see these kids, tell them what a great thing they did. If these are the people who are going to rule the world one day. I think everything is going to be ok.

lemonade stand fundraiser

Pictured from left to right - MaKaylee Scott, (in front of MaKaylee is) Tegan Currier, Hailey Lee, Neva Clubb, Logan Griffith, Audi Currier, Aubree Blue, Kenna Currier, Nash Clubb, and finally me, Robyn Flickinger.

Cattlemen's Association - Thank You

Posted on 4-2-2019

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to the Cattlemen's Association for donating a brand new freezer to the food pantry. It is very much appreciated and a great blessing to the community.

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A Boy and His Bear

Posted on 1-3-2019

easton and stuffed bear

Ruth Severson donated the teddy bear to the Kingsbury County Food Pantry (thank you) for a raffle. A 10 year old boy named Easton ended up winning the raffle and seems to really love his new bear. The raffle was held at Wards store.

While we try to keep the information on this website current, please call to verify all information or stop by the food pantry to verify the details on this page.

If you have any questions, please give Robyn a call at 605-203-1993.

Food Pantry Hours/Contact Info

We are open Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm.

The pantry will be closed on any holiday that falls on Tuesday this year. It will also be closed any time the weather is bad enough that the De Smet school is closed.

Kingsbury County Food Pantry
221 Calumet Ave SW
PO Box 202
De Smet, SD 57231
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Phone: 605-203-1993

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