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PROGRAMS 
& EVENTS

Programs

PROGRAMS.

The Food Bank 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 For 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. 2023-24 BackPack Program: Food for Kids Group Volunteer Opportunity: Sign up begins the last Monday of August, August 28, 2023.

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.

Holiday Harvest Boxes

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When you think of your holiday feast, what do you see? Probably the turkey, ham, chicken, or whatever main course you enjoy. What about your favorite side dishes? Green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn bread, stuffing, and so on? For many families a meal like this just isn't possible.

The Food Bank of Siouxland wants to alleviate the budget for the holidays by filling boxes with side dish items to help reduce stress many families in need face around the holidays. Help bring families together around the dinner table this holiday season!

For every $7 donated, the Food Bank of Siouxland will be able to provide a holiday meal to a family of four. Your donation today can provide one or many families in the Siouxland area with a meal they will never forget! Please join us in making this holiday season memorable for all.

Contact sidney@siouxlandfoodbank.org for more ways to get involved.

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.

KenDUCKY Derby

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Thank you to all who participated in our first ever KenDUCKY Derby! Stay tuned for your next opportunity to purchase the lucky duck and become the next grand champion!

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.

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 13, 2023 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 Tiffany at tiffany@siouxlandfoodbank.org or call 712-255-9741 to get registered today!

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!

Siouxland Food Festival

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The Food Bank of Siouxland invites you to join us for our first ever Siouxland Food Festival, sponsored by Seaboard Triumph Foods! The Siouxland Food Festival is bringing together all the best of Siouxland’s diverse food scene! Anyone can enjoy “Big Bites” and “Little Bites” as there’s something for everyone with these local staples show off the best of their menus.

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.

Questions? Contact sidney@siouxlandfoodbank.org.

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 External Development and Communications Associate Sidney Marks at 712-255-9741 or sidney@siouxlandfoodbank.org.

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 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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