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SIOUX CITY & RURAL SIOUXLAND PANTRIES.

View the list of Sioux City Metro Area Pantries and those in the rural Siouxland area by selecting a link below.

As the only food bank in the Siouxland area, we provide food by the case to over 100 member agencies with food pantries and feeding programs for those in need. These pantries and programs are nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations that distribute directly to the families and individuals in need either on-site as a prepared meal or unprepared to send home with the client.

Please use the calendar in the section below to find Mobile Pantry: Food to You delivery dates in your area. If you need help finding a food pantry closer to you, please do not hesitate to call our office at 712-255-9741.

 

MOBILE PANTRIES.

The “Mobile Pantry Program” is a food pantry on wheels! The Food Bank of Siouxland brings thousands of pounds of food to a host location for families and individuals in need of food to take home. Our focus is in counties in our service area that are undeserved – meaning that through the Mobile Pantry Program: Food to You, all of our counties will receive the pounds of food needed to provide adequate nutrition to families in our Siouxland community. 

 

Need to find a Mobile Pantry near you? Please see our Mobile Food Pantry Calendar for more information!  

 

For additional news about the mobile pantries, contact the Food Bank office at 712-255-9741.

 

SNAP FOOD STAMPS.

12.6% of Iowans are food insecure, meaning they do not have the ability to acquire nutritionally adequate and safe foods in socially acceptable ways. This translates to 389,250 Iowans being forced to make tough decisions about providing food for their families or paying their rent or mortgage, transportation, or medical bills.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is available to assist these individuals, but due to lack of access and knowledge of the program, many individuals do not apply to receive benefits. 75% of the individuals accessing emergency food through food pantries, community kitchens, and shelters are eligible for SNAP, but 25% of them have never applied (Hunger in America 2010, Feeding America).

For assistance with an application or questions about the IFBA Food Assistance Program, call the hotline at 1-855-944-FOOD (3663) or email foodassistanceoutreach@iowafba.org.

 

MISSION & HISTORY.

The Food Bank of Siouxland is the main food supplier for nonprofit agencies in Siouxland, including food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, residential facilities, daycare, and senior centers. We were established to provide a year-round source of food to these organizations. Currently, the Food Bank of Siouxland provides food to approximately 100 member agencies in eleven 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 the needy, 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 the needy in our communities.

THE

EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that provides food commodities to Americans in need of hunger relief through food providers like emergency food pantries, food banks, soup kitchens and shelters. If you need food assistance, you may be eligible to receive TEFAP food from food pantries, or prepared meals at meal sites. View the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement.

Who is eligible?


You are eligible if you meet certain criteria set by the State of Iowa. Please feel free to contact the Food Bank of Siouxland for more information.




What are food pantries and free meal programs?


Food pantries are places where people can receive food assistance at no cost for home preparation. Free meal programs, such as those provided at prepared meal sites, are places where people can receive prepared meals at no cost. The Siouxland Soup Kitchen is an example.




What types of food are available?


The groceries provided usually include a variety of canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, beans, rice and/or grain products. The protein items may include canned salmon, tuna, peanut butter, and occasionally chicken or meat. The food assistance is intended to be a supplement. Supplies and amounts vary; typically the foods will provide groceries for a period of 3-5 days.




What do I need to bring to get the food?


Bringing your identification and/or proof of residence, such as a utility bill, can make the process smoother. Calling the pantry or meal site you intend to visit will help verify what information you need, and helps confirm the hours of service for that particular organization.You should expect to complete a brief eligibility application when you pick up the food. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.