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PROGRAMS 
& EVENTS

 

PROGRAMS.

The Foodbank of Siouxland provides various resources for members of the Siouxland community. From our Mobile Pantry to our Backpack program, our organization is always looking for new ways to help those in need. Select the down arrow to the right of our program descriptions to learn more.

BackPack Program: Food for Kids

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This program provides a sack of food for a child to have placed in their backpack on Fridays. Children included in the program might otherwise have little to no food over the weekend. The Food Bank of Siouxland launched this program in October of 2006. In our first year of the program, four elementary schools in Sioux City received food sacks each week. As of 2018, we now serve TEN area elementary schools.


These buildings have an extraordinarily high rate of students participating in the free and reduced lunch program, so we know that food insecurity is a problem for many of these families. Interested in our BackPack volunteer opportunity? Please email our Program Coordinator Tiffany Kissinger at tiffany@siouxlandfoodbank.org or call 712-255-9741 to be added to our email distribution list. 2021-22 BackPack Program: Food for Kids Group Volunteer Opportunity: Sign up begins September 7, 2021. Please read the document below to find out how you can help fill food sacks.
1) Volunteer Guidelines 2020-21 Chronically hungry children cannot learn and grow as they should, so our work to help them will have a far-reaching significant impact As the organization leading the charge for the BackPack Program: Food for Kids, the Food Bank is responsible for procuring the food for the weekly sacks given to some area elementary school children and coordinating the assembly of the food sacks. School vehicles deliver the sacks to the school buildings. On the last day of the school week, the food sacks are placed in the students’ backpacks to take home for the weekend. We need your help, so we can help the children! Currently, our program serves the following area elementary schools: Bryant, Hunt, Irving, Leeds, Liberty, Loess Hills, Riverside, and Unity in Sioux City, Harney and Lewis & Clark in South Sioux City. Hunger Indicators can be found here . As a small nonprofit organization, there are two challenges for us to face as we work with the BackPack Program: money and time. MONEY
The funding to support the program comes entirely from gifts, grants, and donations. The foods purchased for the program must be kid-friendly, shelf-stable, and nutritionally sound, so it is important for us to choose wisely the items that compose the sacks each week. With the food costs estimated at nearly $200,000, it is clear that a great deal of community support will be necessary. If you would like to help support this vital program, please send your check directly to the Food Bank c/o BackPack Program: Food for Kids, or donate via our secure Network for Good BackPack Program donation link. TIME
The Food Bank of Siouxland relies on the support of many groups of volunteers (12-15 individuals per group) to assemble sacks each week. The packing is done in the Food Bank warehouse on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, with the time dependent on the wishes of the volunteers. Both during the work day and evenings are open. Volunteer schedules are set each fall starting the Tuesday after Labor Day. CONTACT
For more information or to get on the volunteer list, please contact Program Coordinator Tiffany Kissinger at tiffany@siouxlandfoodbank.org or call her at 712-255-9741.





Mobile Pantry Program: Food for You

The Food Bank of Siouxand is incredibly excited to announce our 17th Annual Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Event and Fundraiser! This year, due to event restrictions we are going VIRTUAL…and FREE. Thanks to our friends at Seaboard Triumph Foods, KTIV News 4, Anderson Brothers Printing and Western Iowa Tech Community College’s Culinary Arts Program, we are able to make this year’s virtual event free and open to the public! Join us for a night of fun on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7 p.m.


We’ll be bringing joy and hope during our program that will include a “Mystery Basket Cooking Competition”, a tour of our facility and words of inspiration from our community.

The program will be available on our Facebook page and the auction will be at https://one.bidpal.net/emptybowls.

We will begin accepting bids for the auction items on January 27th, so be sure to check back for updates on items!

Are you or your business interested in becoming a sponsor or donating to our auction? Visit https://one.bidpal.net/emptybowls for more information!





Mobile School Pantry: Food for Families

School pantries are located on school grounds, intended to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance to food insecure students and their families. In many communities, the school is a hub of activity and a resource center for families. Because of the close relationship between students and faculty, school personnel frequently become aware of challenges within the family while dealing with student issues.


A school pantry provides a safe, supportive way to help students and their families through a crisis, which in turn helps the child become more successful in school. A snapshot:

  • The Food Bank of Siouxland provides the product and structure for Mobile School Pantry Program.
  • Mobile School Pantries are stocked with nutritious foods, similar to a traditional pantry distribution.
  • The Mobile School Pantries ensure students have the food they need to help them grow and thrive, which furthers learning.
This program is made possible thanks to the support of many individuals and organizations who help fund the program and who volunteer their time to serve those in need.





Woodhouse BackPack Challenge

The Food Bank of Siouxland and area Boy Scouts partner for the annual “Scouting for Food” food drive. This event brings significant quantities of food to the Food Bank to help feed the community’s hungry citizens, and is a wonderful community service opportunity for the scouts. The food drive has two elements: collection at the homes of residents, as well as food collection at area grocery stores. Door hanger reminders are put on area doors and the following week, scouts return to collect food set out for them.


Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the “Scouting for Food” event has been delayed and will be rescheduled when it is safe for everyone. Stay tuned for updates! “The Food Bank of Siouxland is so appreciative of the work of the scouts,” stated Executive Director Linda Scheid. “So many people need the support of the agencies offering either meals or take-home food, and that means the demand here at the Food Bank is high. The work of the Boy Scouts is a tremendous boost.” Scouting for Hunger is sponsored in part by: The Food Bank does request that participants not donate expired food, open containers, product without labels, or product in glass containers, as they are easily broken. Most commonly needed items include canned fruits, canned meats, cereal, peanut butter, and pasta.

Please feel free to contact the Food Bank of Siouxland (255-9741) or Boy Scouts of America (255-8846) if you have any questions. More information can be found on the Mid-America Council website by clicking this link.





 

EVENTS.

Throughout the year, we have a variety of great opportunities to be involved with the work of the Food Bank of Siouxland! These events both raise awareness of the hunger struggle and offer opportunities to support feeding those in need in Siouxland. Check out the details of each event page by using the drop-down menu.

Empty Bowls 

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The Food Bank of Siouxand is incredibly excited to announce our 17th Annual Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Event and Fundraiser! This year, due to event restrictions we are going VIRTUAL…and FREE. Thanks to our friends at Seaboard Triumph Foods, KTIV News 4, Anderson Brothers Printing and Western Iowa Tech Community College’s Culinary Arts Program, we are able to make this year’s virtual event free and open to the public! Join us for a night of fun on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7 p.m.


We’ll be bringing joy and hope during our program that will include a “Mystery Basket Cooking Competition”, a tour of our facility and words of inspiration from our community.

The program will be available on our Facebook page and the auction will be at https://one.bidpal.net/emptybowls.

We will begin accepting bids for the auction items on January 27th, so be sure to check back for updates on items!

Are you or your business interested in becoming a sponsor or donating to our auction? Visit https://one.bidpal.net/emptybowls for more information!





Will Golf for Food

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Bank of Siouxland will not be holding our 17th Annual “WILL GOLF FOR FOOD” golf tournament in the traditional sense. Check back soon for more information about the event! Our 16th Annual “WILL GOLF FOR FOOD” golf tournament presented by
Title Sponsor Wells Enterprises and Eagle Sponsor PREMIER Bankcard
raised over $37,500 to help drive out hunger!


2019 SPONSORS & TEAMS:
Presenting Sponsors:
Title Sponsor: Wells Enterprises Eagle Sponsor: PREMIER Bankcard Golf Ball Sponsor:
Oyboc Institute Golf Cart Sponsor:
Mollet Industrial Group Lunch Box Sponsor:
RKD Alpha Dog Beverage Cart Sponsor:
Mollet Industrial Group Scorecard Sponsor:
United Healthcare Contest Sponsors:
Woodhouse Auto Family
Olson’s Pest Technicians
Rosenthal Foods
Nor-Am Cold Storage
Security National Bank Dinner Sponsor:
Security National Bank Hole Sponsors:
Williams & Company Communications
FiberComm
Central Bank
BoDeans Baking Company
BenStar Packaging
Up From the Earth
CMBA Architechts
Cargill, Inc.
Tyson-Dakota City
Greenberg’s Jewelers
Koated Kernels
Hy-Vee
Manley & Obbink Chiropractic
Nichols Rise & Company, LLP
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom
Sysco – Lincoln
Thompson Electric Company Teams:
AC&R Specialists
BankFirst
BenStar Packaging
“Bomb Squad”
Central Bank
FiberComm
Greenberg’s Jewelers
Grainger
Tyler & Katie Hayden
Koated Kernels
Kollman Appliance
KTIV
L.P. Gill, Inc.
Manley & Obbink Chiropractic
Mid-American Boy Scouts
Mollet Industrial Group
Northwest Bank
Peoples Bank
Pioneer-Wooldridge Insurance
PREMIER Bankcard
Schrunk Roofing
Smithfield
SoHo Kitchen & Bar
Thompson Electric Company
Tyson – Dakota City
Wells Enterprises





Hunger Action Month

School pantries are located on school grounds, intended to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance to food insecure students and their families. In many communities, the school is a hub of activity and a resource center for families. Because of the close relationship between students and faculty, school personnel frequently become aware of challenges within the family while dealing with student issues.


A school pantry provides a safe, supportive way to help students and their families through a crisis, which in turn helps the child become more successful in school. A snapshot:

  • The Food Bank of Siouxland provides the product and structure for Mobile School Pantry Program.
  • Mobile School Pantries are stocked with nutritious foods, similar to a traditional pantry distribution.
  • The Mobile School Pantries ensure students have the food they need to help them grow and thrive, which furthers learning.
This program is made possible thanks to the support of many individuals and organizations who help fund the program and who volunteer their time to serve those in need.





Celebrate our Friends

School pantries are located on school grounds, intended to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance to food insecure students and their families. In many communities, the school is a hub of activity and a resource center for families. Because of the close relationship between students and faculty, school personnel frequently become aware of challenges within the family while dealing with student issues.


A school pantry provides a safe, supportive way to help students and their families through a crisis, which in turn helps the child become more successful in school. A snapshot:

  • The Food Bank of Siouxland provides the product and structure for Mobile School Pantry Program.
  • Mobile School Pantries are stocked with nutritious foods, similar to a traditional pantry distribution.
  • The Mobile School Pantries ensure students have the food they need to help them grow and thrive, which furthers learning.
This program is made possible thanks to the support of many individuals and organizations who help fund the program and who volunteer their time to serve those in need.





Letter Carriers’ Food Drive

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Bank of Siouxland will not be holding our 17th Annual “WILL GOLF FOR FOOD” golf tournament in the traditional sense. Check back soon for more information about the event! Our 16th Annual “WILL GOLF FOR FOOD” golf tournament presented by
Title Sponsor Wells Enterprises and Eagle Sponsor PREMIER Bankcard
raised over $37,500 to help drive out hunger!


2019 SPONSORS & TEAMS:
Presenting Sponsors:
Title Sponsor: Wells Enterprises Eagle Sponsor: PREMIER Bankcard Golf Ball Sponsor:
Oyboc Institute Golf Cart Sponsor:
Mollet Industrial Group Lunch Box Sponsor:
RKD Alpha Dog Beverage Cart Sponsor:
Mollet Industrial Group Scorecard Sponsor:
United Healthcare Contest Sponsors:
Woodhouse Auto Family
Olson’s Pest Technicians
Rosenthal Foods
Nor-Am Cold Storage
Security National Bank Dinner Sponsor:
Security National Bank Hole Sponsors:
Williams & Company Communications
FiberComm
Central Bank
BoDeans Baking Company
BenStar Packaging
Up From the Earth
CMBA Architechts
Cargill, Inc.
Tyson-Dakota City
Greenberg’s Jewelers
Koated Kernels
Hy-Vee
Manley & Obbink Chiropractic
Nichols Rise & Company, LLP
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom
Sysco – Lincoln
Thompson Electric Company Teams:
AC&R Specialists
BankFirst
BenStar Packaging
“Bomb Squad”
Central Bank
FiberComm
Greenberg’s Jewelers
Grainger
Tyler & Katie Hayden
Koated Kernels
Kollman Appliance
KTIV
L.P. Gill, Inc.
Manley & Obbink Chiropractic
Mid-American Boy Scouts
Mollet Industrial Group
Northwest Bank
Peoples Bank
Pioneer-Wooldridge Insurance
PREMIER Bankcard
Schrunk Roofing
Smithfield
SoHo Kitchen & Bar
Thompson Electric Company
Tyson – Dakota City
Wells Enterprises





Scouting for Food Food Drive

The Food Bank of Siouxland and area Boy Scouts partner for the annual “Scouting for Food” food drive. This event brings significant quantities of food to the Food Bank to help feed the community’s hungry citizens, and is a wonderful community service opportunity for the scouts. The food drive has two elements: collection at the homes of residents, as well as food collection at area grocery stores. Door hanger reminders are put on area doors and the following week, scouts return to collect food set out for them.


Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the “Scouting for Food” event has been delayed and will be rescheduled when it is safe for everyone. Stay tuned for updates! “The Food Bank of Siouxland is so appreciative of the work of the scouts,” stated Executive Director Linda Scheid. “So many people need the support of the agencies offering either meals or take-home food, and that means the demand here at the Food Bank is high. The work of the Boy Scouts is a tremendous boost.” Scouting for Hunger is sponsored in part by: The Food Bank does request that participants not donate expired food, open containers, product without labels, or product in glass containers, as they are easily broken. Most commonly needed items include canned fruits, canned meats, cereal, peanut butter, and pasta.

Please feel free to contact the Food Bank of Siouxland (255-9741) or Boy Scouts of America (255-8846) if you have any questions. More information can be found on the Mid-America Council website by clicking this link.





Rick Collins Toyota “Drive Out Hunger”

The Food Bank of Siouxand is incredibly excited to announce our 17th Annual Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Event and Fundraiser! This year, due to event restrictions we are going VIRTUAL…and FREE. Thanks to our friends at Seaboard Triumph Foods, KTIV News 4, Anderson Brothers Printing and Western Iowa Tech Community College’s Culinary Arts Program, we are able to make this year’s virtual event free and open to the public! Join us for a night of fun on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7 p.m.


We’ll be bringing joy and hope during our program that will include a “Mystery Basket Cooking Competition”, a tour of our facility and words of inspiration from our community.

The program will be available on our Facebook page and the auction will be at https://one.bidpal.net/emptybowls.

We will begin accepting bids for the auction items on January 27th, so be sure to check back for updates on items!

Are you or your business interested in becoming a sponsor or donating to our auction? Visit https://one.bidpal.net/emptybowls for more information!