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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 2021-22 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

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 2021-22 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 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

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 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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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!!





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

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

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!!





Scouting for Food Food Drive

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 2021-22 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.





Rick Collins Toyota “Drive Out Hunger”

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.