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SIOUX FALLS | New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the number of people in the Sioux Falls metropolitan area living in poverty reached a 10-year low in 2017.

Despite the 6.8 percent poverty rate for the area, organizers who work directly with those in need say more residents are eating free meals at outreach locations and more are homeless.

The Argus Leader says the federal poverty line is about $25,000 for a family of four.

The Community Outreach coordinator Peter Nord says people coming to his facility aren't necessarily unemployed. He says they have an income, but it doesn't meet all of their needs.

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Tamara Jerke-Liesinger is director of The Banquet which severed about 198,000 meals last year. She says families are struggling to pay rent, bills, car repairs and put food on the table.

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