The Food Bank of Siouxland is proud to announce the award winners for the annual Celebrate Our Friends event, highlighting individuals and organizations that have a made an impact through service.
“Without our volunteers’ time and dedication, we could not feed the greater Siouxland area,” Food Bank of Siouxland Executive Director, Jacob Wanderscheid says.
Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Julie Cook. This award is given to an individual or group that has given a great deal of time and whose efforts have had a major effect on fighting hunger.
“I went to work part time, didn’t know what to do so I picked the Food Bank and I’m so happy I did,” Julie Cook, volunteer leader.
Agency of the Year was awarded to the Morningside Lutheran Food Pantry from Sioux City and the Thurston County Mobile Pantry from the greater Siouxland area.
“These volunteers for the pantry really are the boots on the ground in feeding people,” says Pastor Noah Ruppert of Morningside Lutheran Church. “Even getting through these past couple of years, there are still people in homes that are hungry and do not have food to fill their shelves.”
This award is given to two of the over 100 agencies that distributes product from the Food Bank.
“Thank you for the recognition from the Food Bank of Siouxland for this award,” Dave Vankat, Chief Community Engagement Officer for Catholic Charities. “We have served over 13,700 people and we couldn’t do it without help from the Food Bank. Our Emergency and Supportive Food team is truly dedicated to serving those in need. With this mobile pantry, they get to see those who are coming to us and are grateful for all they receive.”
The Linda Scheid Legacy Award goes to an individual or organization that has had an effect on the Food Bank of Siouxland over the course of many years in a remarkable way.
“It’s great to see our work continue and see the partnership develop and grow,” Dale Mitchell Hy-Vee Siouxland District Store Director says. “I think we all know the need is probably only going to get bigger and so on behalf of Hy-Vee we want to thank this volunteer group as we know it’s the people working day to day that offer that one-on-one support.”
The Food Bank of Siouxland recognizes the importance of volunteering and community relations in the fight to end hunger. These award winners help us further our mission of feeding Siouxland by dedicating their time and service. We thank everyone who has helped support the Food Bank throughout the years.