Updated: Nov 8
The Food Bank of Siouxland is excited to introduce Holiday Harvest boxes for neighbors experiencing food insecurity to receive during the holiday season.
When thinking of holiday feasts – turkey, ham, chicken, or other proteins is probably what comes to mind first. Then comes the sides like – green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and so on. With Holiday Harvest Boxes, the Food Bank of Siouxland can provide families with those side dishes and more.
“While the holidays are a time of joy for many, they can be a time of added stress for individuals and families facing food insecurity. The Food Bank of Siouxland and our partners want to ensure that everyone in our community can enjoy a special holiday meal, no matter their current financial circumstance. Any time there are additional costs incurred, we see an increase in neighbors visiting pantries and the holidays are a prime example of that. We’re grateful for Hy-Vee and so many others in our community understanding and supporting our Holiday Harvest,” said Food Bank of Siouxland Associate Executive Director, Valerie Petersen.
The goal of this program is to relieve budgets throughout the holidays by providing traditional side dishes found at holiday meals. With items like: green beans, corn bread mix, stuffing, instant mashed potatoes and more, agencies throughout Siouxland will have the opportunity to distribute these boxes to neighbors in need.
The Food Bank of Siouxland has once again partnered with Hy-Vee to fight food insecurity. Once at the registers, customers can “purchase” Holiday Harvest Boxes to be donated back to the Food Bank, including all the menu items.
“The Siouxland Hy-Vees have a long history of being part of and giving back to the local community. Partnering with the Food Bank of Siouxland is yet another way for us to continue this commitment to help those in need. As a company Hy-Vee has committed to providing 100 Million Meals back to the communities our stores operate in – Holiday Harvest boxes will help us accomplish this goal and help those that are less fortunate right here in Siouxland during the holiday season. With the help of our great customers, we are confident we will help make this a wonderful holiday for many that are in need,” said Scott Wieck of Hy-Vee.
Thanks to corporate food drives, public donations, etc. the community has rallied around this program. Anyone looking to get involved with this program can do the following:
1. Host a food drive – contact Calvin@siouxlandfoodbank.org to find out more information.
2. Donate a box or drop off menu items to your local Hy-Vee blue barrels – including: green beans, cream of mushroom soup, instant mashed potatoes, turkey gravy packets, corn, corn bread mix, stuffing, and elbow macaroni.
3. Donate to www.siouxlandfoodbank.org/holiday-harvest – each box costs around $7 to stuff.