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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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Delayed by COVID-19 Crisis – New Date To Be Determined The Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” is a nation-wide event and is the single largest food drive conducted on one designated day from coast to coast. The Sioux City letter carriers, as well as letter carriers in surrounding communities, are committed participants in this large undertaking every year. This year’s Stamp Out Hunger event has been postponed due to COVID-19. We will make an announcement when the event has been rescheduled.


“Stamp Out Hunger” makes it easy for residents to donate. All they have to do is place non-perishable food items in bags and place the bags next to their mailboxes on the designated date. U.S. Postal Service letter carriers will pick up the bags and donated items to help stock the shelves at the Food Bank of Siouxland. The items most in demand include canned fruit and vegetables, soups, canned meats, hot and cold cereal, pasta, and boxed or ready-made meals (i.e. macaroni and cheese). Please no food past its expiration or “best by date,” no open items, no glass jars, and no homemade/jarred items.
VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Food Bank appreciates the volunteers who come to help sort through the donations here at the warehouse. Over 100 individuals came and made an enormous difference last year and we need you again this year! We will be taking volunteers again this year once the event has been rescheduled. Commit to an hour, two hours, three, or more – everyone is needed to make this a success. We’ll even fire up the grill for some hamburgers and hot dogs at around 5:00. To sign up for a volunteer shift, please email or call Tiffany at tiffany@siouxlandfoodbank.org or 712-255-9741. THANK YOU, SIOUXLAND!





Mobile Pantry Program: Food for You

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Delayed by COVID-19 Crisis – New Date To Be Determined The Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” is a nation-wide event and is the single largest food drive conducted on one designated day from coast to coast. The Sioux City letter carriers, as well as letter carriers in surrounding communities, are committed participants in this large undertaking every year. This year’s Stamp Out Hunger event has been postponed due to COVID-19. We will make an announcement when the event has been rescheduled.


“Stamp Out Hunger” makes it easy for residents to donate. All they have to do is place non-perishable food items in bags and place the bags next to their mailboxes on the designated date. U.S. Postal Service letter carriers will pick up the bags and donated items to help stock the shelves at the Food Bank of Siouxland. The items most in demand include canned fruit and vegetables, soups, canned meats, hot and cold cereal, pasta, and boxed or ready-made meals (i.e. macaroni and cheese). Please no food past its expiration or “best by date,” no open items, no glass jars, and no homemade/jarred items.
VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Food Bank appreciates the volunteers who come to help sort through the donations here at the warehouse. Over 100 individuals came and made an enormous difference last year and we need you again this year! We will be taking volunteers again this year once the event has been rescheduled. Commit to an hour, two hours, three, or more – everyone is needed to make this a success. We’ll even fire up the grill for some hamburgers and hot dogs at around 5:00. To sign up for a volunteer shift, please email or call Tiffany at tiffany@siouxlandfoodbank.org or 712-255-9741. THANK YOU, SIOUXLAND!





Mobile School Pantry: Food for Families

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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

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Woodhouse Auto Family continues its 11th year of helping food insecure children across Nebraska and Western Iowa by supporting Food Bank for the Heartland and Food Bank of Siouxland BackPack Programs.


Join the Woodhouse BackPack Challenge in its 11th year to help ensure kids across our community are healthy, happy and hunger free. Hunger stops here. You can give securely online at: Donate to the Woodhouse BackPack Challenge Securely Online HERE (Remember to click the box indicating you want your gift to be directed to the Food Bank of Siouxland before you enter your credit card info!) IMPORTANT NOTE & REQUEST … The online donation page is being securely managed by our friends and Feeding America partner, Food Bank for the Heartland. You need to select the Food Bank of Siouxland as your food bank of choice when you make your online gift. After you enter your contact info, but just before you enter your credit card information, you will need to click the box for “Please direct this donation to Food Bank of Siouxland.” This will ensure that your gift is used locally. THANK YOU!!





 

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 Siouxland is incredibly excited to announce our 18th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser! This year, we are back to an in-person event and we can't wait! Join us for a night of fun at the Delta Hotels Center in South Sioux City, NE on Friday, February 4, 2021!  To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit our event website!

Will Golf for Food

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Our 18th Annual Food Bank of Siouxland Golf Classic is just around the corner, on Monday, August 2, 2021 at Whispering Creek Golf Course! Registration and a boxed lunch will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at noon. Your entry fee entitles you to 18 holes of golf, with cart at Whispering Creek Golf Club, along with a box lunch and dinner following the tournament.


Prizes will be given to first, second and third place, along with pin and raffle prizes and on course games are included in this year’s registration price! There is still time to register your team or be a sponsor for this year’s event! For more information, please visit our event website (https://one.bidpal.net/fbsgolf/welcome) or contact our Development Director Valerie Petersen at 712-255-9741 or valerie@siouxlandfoodbank.org to register your team or submit your sponsorship!





Hunger Action Month

During the month of September, the Food Bank of Siouxland calls YOU to action. Help us fight hunger, whether it’s participating in one of our fundraising events, donating time or money or advocating on our behalf. A donation of funds, food, or a letter written to the editor of your local newspaper supporting the Food Bank - all help the Food Bank meet the needs of the hungry throughout Siouxland.


Need an idea of how to help the Food Bank? Use the “30 Ways in 30 Days” Hunger Action Month calendar to explore ways to support the Food Bank of Siouxland. Want to talk more? Email Executive Director Jacob Wanderscheid at jacob@siouxlandfoodbank.org to talk about your ideas or to ask questions about supporting the Food Bank. Thank you for all you do!





Celebrate our Friends

“Celebrate Our Friends” is one way the Food Bank of Siouxland likes to thank donors and agencies along with volunteers and all who’ve helped further our mission of leading the fight against hunger. This event, typically held during Hunger Action Month in September, includes the presentation of: 1) our “Legacy Award” to an outstanding partner who goes above and beyond in their generosity and compassion for those in need, 2) the “Agency Award” to recognize their hard work and commitment to the community, and 3) the “Volunteer Award” to honor long-standing, compassionate volunteers.


CONGRATS to our 2019 Recipients:
LEGACY AWARD: SoHo Kitchen & Bar, Julie Schoenherr
AGENCY AWARD: Rejoice! Community Church, Le Mars IA VOLUNTEER AWARD: Debi Rollison Past Recipients:
“Legacy Award” – Cargill, Interbake Foods, Tyson, Woodhouse Auto Family, Area Walmart Stores, Missouri River Historical Development, Northwest Iowa Labor Council “Agency Award” – First Lutheran Church-South Sioux City, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Hope Food Pantry “Volunteer Award” – Anna Hoover, Mary Morgan, Cetta Ericson





Letter Carriers’ Food Drive

Delayed by COVID-19 Crisis – New Date To Be Determined The Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” is a nation-wide event and is the single largest food drive conducted on one designated day from coast to coast. The Sioux City letter carriers, as well as letter carriers in surrounding communities, are committed participants in this large undertaking every year. This year’s Stamp Out Hunger event has been postponed due to COVID-19. We will make an announcement when the event has been rescheduled.


“Stamp Out Hunger” makes it easy for residents to donate. All they have to do is place non-perishable food items in bags and place the bags next to their mailboxes on the designated date. U.S. Postal Service letter carriers will pick up the bags and donated items to help stock the shelves at the Food Bank of Siouxland. The items most in demand include canned fruit and vegetables, soups, canned meats, hot and cold cereal, pasta, and boxed or ready-made meals (i.e. macaroni and cheese). Please no food past its expiration or “best by date,” no open items, no glass jars, and no homemade/jarred items.
VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Food Bank appreciates the volunteers who come to help sort through the donations here at the warehouse. Over 100 individuals came and made an enormous difference last year and we need you again this year! We will be taking volunteers again this year once the event has been rescheduled. Commit to an hour, two hours, three, or more – everyone is needed to make this a success. We’ll even fire up the grill for some hamburgers and hot dogs at around 5:00. To sign up for a volunteer shift, please email or call Tiffany at tiffany@siouxlandfoodbank.org or 712-255-9741. THANK YOU, SIOUXLAND!





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”

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Rick Collins Toyota is once again raising funds and collecting food in their 3rd Annual “Drive Out Hunger” event. Join them November 1 through Thanksgiving to #PackThePickUp and “Drive Out Hunger!” Monetary donations and non-perishable food donations can be dropped at their 3131 Singing Hills Blvd location in Sioux City, IA. For every $1 raised, the Food Bank is able to acquire about 5 meals for those in need.


Check out the Rick Collins Toyota website here.