FOOD BANK OF
by the community, for the community
MISSION & HISTORY.
The Food Bank of Siouxland is the main food supplier for nonprofit agencies in Siouxland, including food pantries and soup kitchens. We were established to provide a year-round source of food to these organizations.
Currently, the Food Bank of Siouxland provides food to member agencies throughout 11 counties in the Siouxland area. These agencies are spread across our region — in Iowa: Woodbury, Ida, Monona, Crawford, Plymouth, Cherokee, Sioux, and Lyon counties; and in Nebraska: Dakota, Thurston, and Burt counties.
The Food Bank of Siouxland, Inc. began as an all-volunteer organization known as the Tri-State Food Bank and became incorporated in 1991. We received our 501(c)3 status in 1994. In July 2000, we changed our name to “Food Bank of Siouxland, Inc.” – putting “Food” first!
We were founded to serve community charities in Siouxland with feeding programs to nourish those in need, the ill, and children. We continue to that cause today. As a warehouse, we are able to leverage our resources to supply food and other essentials to over 100 member agencies that directly serve families in need.
FROM WASTE TO RESOURCE.
Each year, about 20 percent of America’s food supply – 140 million tons of food valued at more than $31 billion – goes to waste. Food suppliers often wish to donate food, but the quantity or timing is beyond the capacity or need of any single organization. As a clearinghouse for donated food, the Food Bank of Siouxland forms a partnership with the food industry by collecting, inspecting, sorting, and distributing food to member agencies (food pantries), which provide food directly to those in need.
Most of the food comes from the food industry. Often, the reason is overproduction or inventory control. Other reasons include packaging errors, changes in product formulas, the expiration of coupons, or approaching sell-by dates. The United States Department of Agriculture donates commodities, while the public, through numerous community food drives, also donate food to the Food Bank of Siouxland.
Major companies, such as General Mills, Nabisco, and Kraft, donate enormous quantities of food to Feeding America, the national network of food banks. The Food Bank of Siouxland’s link to that network is the Food Bank for the Heartland in Omaha, a member of Feeding America.
Interested in Joining Our Team?
Doing good for the community is our business.
Join our growing team of "do-gooders" to help ensure a better tomorrow for those facing food insecurity in Siouxland! One out of every ten people in our community is facing food insecurity right now, and you can be part of the solution! Our work is mission driven and our team is passionate about making a difference in our community.
Beyond doing something for the greater good, the Food Bank of Siouxland offers competitive pay and benefits, along with a fun and casual work environment. Each day is different at the Food Bank and you'll meet many great people from organizations all over Siouxland along the way. We offer growth opportunities, employee development, a week off between Christmas and New Years and more!
"The Food Bank has afforded me the opportunity to grow, as part of the team, as an individual and as a member of the Siouxland community. I started as the Development Director in 2019 and after two years in that position, I was promoted to my current position. I've gone to industry conferences and have been given opportunities to continue my education and grow in areas that I have interest in. Watching my peers and team grow in their own skills and talents has been great experience, too. The Food Bank of Siouxland is a dynamic team of unique, smart and fun individuals. I never have to worry about having a 'case of the Mondays' here and I appreciate the chance to work for such a great organization." - Valerie Petersen, Associate Executive Director
The Food Bank of Siouxland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We have no current openings at this time
BOARD OF DIRECTORS.