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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

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 712-225-9741 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 2020-21 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 712-225-9741 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 2020-21 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

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!





Woodhouse BackPack Challenge

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Bank of Siouxland will not be holding our 17th Annual “WILL GOLF FOR FOOD” golf tournament in the traditional sense. Check back soon for more information about the event! Our 16th Annual “WILL GOLF FOR FOOD” golf tournament presented by
Title Sponsor Wells Enterprises and Eagle Sponsor PREMIER Bankcard
raised over $37,500 to help drive out hunger!


2019 SPONSORS & TEAMS:
Presenting Sponsors:
Title Sponsor: Wells Enterprises Eagle Sponsor: PREMIER Bankcard Golf Ball Sponsor:
Oyboc Institute Golf Cart Sponsor:
Mollet Industrial Group Lunch Box Sponsor:
RKD Alpha Dog Beverage Cart Sponsor:
Mollet Industrial Group Scorecard Sponsor:
United Healthcare Contest Sponsors:
Woodhouse Auto Family
Olson’s Pest Technicians
Rosenthal Foods
Nor-Am Cold Storage
Security National Bank Dinner Sponsor:
Security National Bank Hole Sponsors:
Williams & Company Communications
FiberComm
Central Bank
BoDeans Baking Company
BenStar Packaging
Up From the Earth
CMBA Architechts
Cargill, Inc.
Tyson-Dakota City
Greenberg’s Jewelers
Koated Kernels
Hy-Vee
Manley & Obbink Chiropractic
Nichols Rise & Company, LLP
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom
Sysco – Lincoln
Thompson Electric Company Teams:
AC&R Specialists
BankFirst
BenStar Packaging
“Bomb Squad”
Central Bank
FiberComm
Greenberg’s Jewelers
Grainger
Tyler & Katie Hayden
Koated Kernels
Kollman Appliance
KTIV
L.P. Gill, Inc.
Manley & Obbink Chiropractic
Mid-American Boy Scouts
Mollet Industrial Group
Northwest Bank
Peoples Bank
Pioneer-Wooldridge Insurance
PREMIER Bankcard
Schrunk Roofing
Smithfield
SoHo Kitchen & Bar
Thompson Electric Company
Tyson – Dakota City
Wells Enterprises





 

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 

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Bank of Siouxland will not be holding our 17th Annual “WILL GOLF FOR FOOD” golf tournament in the traditional sense. Check back soon for more information about the event! Our 16th Annual “WILL GOLF FOR FOOD” golf tournament presented by
Title Sponsor Wells Enterprises and Eagle Sponsor PREMIER Bankcard
raised over $37,500 to help drive out hunger!


2019 SPONSORS & TEAMS:
Presenting Sponsors:
Title Sponsor: Wells Enterprises Eagle Sponsor: PREMIER Bankcard Golf Ball Sponsor:
Oyboc Institute Golf Cart Sponsor:
Mollet Industrial Group Lunch Box Sponsor:
RKD Alpha Dog Beverage Cart Sponsor:
Mollet Industrial Group Scorecard Sponsor:
United Healthcare Contest Sponsors:
Woodhouse Auto Family
Olson’s Pest Technicians
Rosenthal Foods
Nor-Am Cold Storage
Security National Bank Dinner Sponsor:
Security National Bank Hole Sponsors:
Williams & Company Communications
FiberComm
Central Bank
BoDeans Baking Company
BenStar Packaging
Up From the Earth
CMBA Architechts
Cargill, Inc.
Tyson-Dakota City
Greenberg’s Jewelers
Koated Kernels
Hy-Vee
Manley & Obbink Chiropractic
Nichols Rise & Company, LLP
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom
Sysco – Lincoln
Thompson Electric Company Teams:
AC&R Specialists
BankFirst
BenStar Packaging
“Bomb Squad”
Central Bank
FiberComm
Greenberg’s Jewelers
Grainger
Tyler & Katie Hayden
Koated Kernels
Kollman Appliance
KTIV
L.P. Gill, Inc.
Manley & Obbink Chiropractic
Mid-American Boy Scouts
Mollet Industrial Group
Northwest Bank
Peoples Bank
Pioneer-Wooldridge Insurance
PREMIER Bankcard
Schrunk Roofing
Smithfield
SoHo Kitchen & Bar
Thompson Electric Company
Tyson – Dakota City
Wells Enterprises





Hunger Action Month

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!





Celebrate our Friends

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!





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

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!





Rick Collins Toyota “Drive Out Hunger”

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!





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Sioux City, IA 51105

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