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PROGRAMS 
& EVENTS

Programs

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.

Mobile Pantry:
Food to You

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“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.

BackPack Program:
Food for Kids

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"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. 

Participating elementary schools: 

Sioux City - Bryant, Hunt, Irving, Leeds, Liberty, Loess Hills, Riverside, Unity

South Sioux City - Harney, Lewis & Clark

Marcus/Meridan/Cleghorn/Remsen/Union - MMCRU

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. 2022-23 BackPack Program: Food for Kids Group Volunteer Opportunity: Sign up begins September 1, 2022.

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.

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.

Events

Food Festival

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Join us for the first ever Siouxland Food Festival, sponsored by Seaboard Triumph Foods!

The event will be held at the Seaboard Triumph Foods Expo Center on Saturday, June 3, 2023.

The Food Bank of Siouxland invites you to join us for our first ever Siouxland Food Festival, sponsored by Seaboard Triumph Foods! Following in the footsteps of “Taste of…” events found around the country, The Siouxland Food Festival hopes to showcase local restaurants, caterers, bakeries, food trucks and more, by bringing them together in one place. This year’s event will be held at the Seaboard Triumph Foods Expo Center (550 Expo Center Drive, Sioux City, IA 51101) on Saturday, June 3, 2023 and will run from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The event will not only highlight local establishments and organizations, but we hope to bring awareness and raise funds for those facing food insecurity in Siouxland. On average, one in every ten adults and one in every five children in the Food Bank of Siouxland’s 11 county service area faces food insecurity, and if you are receiving this letter, your county is included in that statistic. Who better to help us in the fight against hunger than those who fill hungry stomachs every day?

In addition to bringing awareness to food insecurity in our community and raising funds, we hope that this event will draw our community together for a fun event and bring additional tourism to Siouxland. Held during a time when getting out of the house happens less, we envision this event as a great reason to get out of the house in the cold months and feel like you’re enjoying a community picnic. The Food Bank of Siouxland hopes to make this an annual community event and by taking part this year, you will be part of something new and exciting! We hope you can join us! 

Interested in having your restaurant, bakery, food truck or other dining establishment get involved? Click below for more information on being part of something BIG!

KenDUCKY Derby

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Will you be the lucky duck to cross the finish line first? The Grand Champion will receive a birthday party at the YMCA, a one night stay at the Marriott South Sioux City Riverfront, and a cake from Hy-Vee!

 

Join us at 2 p.m. on Feb. 17 on Facebook live to watch our rubber ducks race in the first ever KenDUCKY Derby at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA swimming pool!

 

Buy a duck, feed a neighbor.

  • $10 - 1 duck

  • $40 - 5 ducks

  • $100 - 12 ducks

  • $150 - 20 ducks (maximum)

Proceeds go to the Food Bank of Siouxland in fighting hunger in our community.

Thank you to our sponsors: Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA, Marriott South Sioux City Riverfront, and Hy-Vee!

Rules:

  1. Participants may purchase up to 20 ducks maximum.

  2. Participants must purchase at least 1 duck minimum.

  3. Employees of the Food Bank of Siouxland and immediate family members are restricted from participating.

  4. Participants must donate at www.siouxlandfoodbank.org/duck-derby.

Woodhouse BackPack
Challenge

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Join Woodhouse Auto Family in supporting the Food Bank of Siouxland’s BackPack Program: Food for Kids. 

Stay tuned for more information.

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.

Food Bank of Siouxland
Golf Classic

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We had a blast at this year's event! Check back soon for more information about our 20th Annual Food Bank of Siouxland Golf Classic!

For more information, contact Associate Executive Director Valerie Petersen at 712-255-9741 or valerie@siouxlandfoodbank.org.

Stamp Out Hunger

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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?:

  • Cereal

  • Canned vegetables

  • Canned meat

  • Peanut Butter

  • Jelly

  • Mac & Cheese 

  • And more!

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 valerie@siouxlandfoodbank.org or call 712-255-9741 to get registered today!

Drive Out Hunger
Rick Collins Toyota

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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

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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?:

  • Cereal

  • Canned vegetables

  • Canned meat

  • Peanut Butter

  • Jelly

  • Mac & Cheese 

  • And more!

Hunger Action
Month

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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 Development Associate, Sidney Marks at sidney@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

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“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 2022 Recipients: LEGACY AWARD: HyVee AGENCY AWARD: Sioux City metro - Morningside Lutheran Church / Rural - Thurston County Mobile Pantry VOLUNTEER AWARD: Julie Cook

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