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.
Food to You
“Mobile Pantry Program” is a food pantry on wheels! The Food Bank of Siouxland brings thousands of pounds of food to a host location for families and individuals to take home. Our focus is serving in all counties in our area that are underserved – meaning that through the Mobile Pantry Program: Food to You, all of our counties will receive the pounds of food needed to provide adequate nutrition to the hungry.
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. If you would like to partner with us and be a host site, please contact us at (712) 255-9741. For the calendar containing the schedule of mobile pantries events, please follow this link: http://www.localendar.com/public/foodbanksiouxland.
Food for Kids
"The BackPack 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
Join Woodhouse Auto Family in supporting the Food Bank of Siouxland’s BackPack Program: Food for Kids.
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The BackPack Program provides weekly shelf-stable, nutritious food to elementary students in TEN Sioux City and South Sioux City schools. For some children, these food sacks are the only thing getting them through the weekend and allowing them to have the energy to focus on school Monday morning.
Stamp Out Hunger
Support the Food Bank of Siouxland by leaving non-perishable items for your mail carrier to pick up! Help your neighbors and serve your community from the convenience of your home.
What can you donate?:
Mac & Cheese
Volunteers needed! Join us this Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 3-7 p.m. to help the Food Bank of Siouxland sort items donated from our community through this event. This volunteer opportunity is great for group bonding, friends, and families to get involved. Children must be 10+ years old. Hamburgers and hot dog meals provided to participants. Contact Valerie Petersen at email@example.com or call 712-255-9741 to get registered today!
Join the Food Bank of Siouxland for our 18th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser on Friday, April 22, 2022 at the Marriott Center in South Sioux City! You can look forward to a meal of fantastic soups, donated by local restaurants, a live and silent auction, live music, dancing and more, all in the name of fighting hunger in Siouxland!
For more information on tickets, sponsorships or to get signed up for the silent auction online, visit https://one.bidpal.net/emptybowls2022/welcome.
Drive Out Hunger
Rick Collins Toyota
Join Rick Collins Toyota as we work to "Drive Out Hunger" together. Bring your donations to the Toyota dealership showroom located at 3131 Singing Hills Blvd. to fill the truck and fill plates of needy families in Siouxland.
For every vehicle purchased, Rick Collins Toyota will donate $50 to Food Bank of Siouxland, Inc.
Scouting for Food
Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America-Mid America Council host an annual "Scouting for Food" food drive to help support the work of the Food Bank of Siouxland. The collection of non-perishable food items at the homes of residents in Siouxland area.
What can you donate?:
Mac & Cheese
Food Bank of Siouxland
Join the Food Bank of Siouxland in fighting food insecurity by joining us for the 18th annual Food Bank of Siouxland Golf Classic! 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 door prizes and on course games are included in this year’s registration price!
For more information, contact Development Director Valerie Petersen at 712-255-9741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Promote your organization’s support for the Food Bank of Siouxland and be recognized as a Golf Ball, Cart, Beverage Cart, Scorecard, Contest, or Hole Sponsor. All sponsors are gratefully recognized with appropriate signage as well as on each table at the dinner following the tournament. In addition, you will also receive recognition on our website and social media accounts. Custom sponsorships are available, please contact the Development Director for more information.
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.
Want to talk more? Email Executive Director Jacob Wanderscheid at email@example.com 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 2021 Recipients: LEGACY AWARD: PREMIER Bankcard AGENCY AWARD: St. Luke's Lutheran VOLUNTEER AWARD: LDS Missionaries