This Year's Project:
The Food Bank of Siouxland was founded to serve community charities in Siouxland with feeding programs to nourish the needy, the ill and children. As a warehouse, we are able to leverage our resources to supply food and essentials to our member agencies, which directly serve the needy in our communities. The Food Bank is now the main food supplier for nonprofit agencies in Siouxland, including food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, residential facilities, daycare and senior centers. With the help from our sponsors and donors we are able to provide a year-round source of food. The Food Bank of Siouxland works with approximately 100 member agencies in eleven counties in the Siouxland area. These agencies are Agency Partners and Programs spread across the following counties: Woodbury, Monona, Crawford, Plymouth, Cherokee, Sioux, Ida, and Lyon in Iowa, and Dakota, Thurston, and Burt in Nebraska. We also offer additional direct-service programs to help feed those in need. Our BackPack Program: Food For Kids, provides weekly sacks of food for kids throughout the school year. The Mobile Pantry Program: Food to You, is a food pantry on wheels! Our Mobile Pantry allows us to distribute thousands of pounds of food to host locations. Lastly, Mobile School Pantry: Food For Families, provides readily accessible food assistance to students and their families. With the help of our agencies and partners we continue to nourish Siouxland’s needy.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Despite news of an improved economy and lower unemployment numbers, the Food Bank of Siouxland is still seeing an upward trend that sets monthly records for distribution and more people seeking food assistance than ever before in our 27 year history. It can be shocking that in our country, in Northwest Iowa and Northeast Nebraska, this kind of hunger can still exist. Unfortunately underemployment, wages that don’t allow for a balanced budget, medical costs, and other expenses are all factors that can tip a family budget over the edge. The sad news is that there are 25,670 food insecure individuals living in our Siouxland community and 11,030 of them are children at risk for hunger. Far too many meals are being missed, and far too many people are worrying about how they will get enough food for their nutritional needs and that of their families. With your support, we can provide that nutritional support that our children, our senior citizens, and all individuals need. The Food Bank distributes over 2 million pounds of food per year to those in need, but we need your support to continue. Your support is needed to make sure we can provide nearly 2 million meals to the hungry in our community. Your support is needed to make sure we can continue to provide the quality nutrition needed for those going hungry to be healthier by providing much needed protein (over 400,000 pounds in FY’17) and fresh produce (over 300,000 pounds in FY’17) to balance the diets of those in need.