RECORD BREAKING NEWS
Fiscal Year 2019 (ending 9/30/19) is one for the record books!
The Food Bank had three RECORD BREAKING months of food distribution in February, March, and April of 2019.
PLUS the total food distribution for FY19 was …drum roll… 2,608,078 pounds!!
This is the most food ever distributed in one year by the Food Bank of Siouxland!
THANK YOU to all the donors, volunteers, and supporters of the Food Bank of Siouxland. Thanks to your efforts, we are able to distribute record breaking amounts of food throughout the Siouxland community!
According to the 2019 Map the Meal Gap study conducted by our national network of food banks, Feeding America, there has been a very slight decrease in the number of food insecure individuals living in Siouxland. The recent numbers show that there are now 25,380 food insecure individuals in our 11 county service area, including 10,780 food insecure children.
One reason for the decrease is that the total population in our Siouxland area has also decreased. The actual rate of food insecurity is unchanged from a year ago. The total population insecurity rate is still 11% and the childhood insecurity rate is still 18%.
Although unemployment rates have significantly decreased, there are other factors that affect families and their need for food assistance. Including:
~ Pay Rates: The hourly rates of pay for many still do not cover living costs and transportation costs. Many families report having multiple jobs, yet still struggle to provide the proper nutrition needed for their children to be healthy.
~ Increasing Expenses: Rising costs of insurances and other living expenses can sometimes tip the budgets of those trying to pay their way with minimum (or even higher) wages.
~ Emergencies: For some, there is no large savings account to dip into when a car breaks down, there is a medical emergency, or a lay-off.
~ Health: Although some families maybe doing “ok” they still aren’t able to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables or lean proteins to maintain a healthy diet. Stretching the dollar often means meals are high in sodium, sugar-laden, and high in carbohydrates. While these foods may keep people “full,” this diet will lead to other health related complications that will require medication, time-off of work due to illness, etc.
Two other items to take into consideration are:
1. Thanks to our supporters, the Food Bank expanded our freezer and cooler space allowing us to carry more healthy fresh and frozen proteins, fruits, and vegetables. This combined with other donations and resources, allows us to have a consistent level of product available to agencies so that they can receive the product from us instead of other more expensive sources in order to serve the individuals in need.
2. Although we are currently distributing over 2 million pounds a year, that is not enough to meet the entire food insecurity need. In order to fully meet the hunger need in our community, we would need to distribute over 4 million pounds of food. The Food Bank of Siouxland’s 2025 goal is to be able to meet that full need.
These are all reasons we must continue to work together to strengthen others in our community. We must continue to work together to meet the enormous demand for food, including healthy foods, for those in need.
Thanks to community wide support, the Food Bank of Siouxland was able to distribute just shy of 2.3 million pounds of food last fiscal year. Our agencies and programs provided food to an average of 16,088 people each month!
YOU can help! So many Siouxlanders must rely on us for their nutritional support. We cannot let them down. Please help by making a donation now, by volunteering, by donating food, by spreading the word. Together, we can make a difference!
Ways you can fight hunger:
NEW! You can join our new Hunger Hero club! You will be making a difference all year and receive recognition for your gift all year! Each Hunger Hero will be helping us provide 32,500 pounds of food to those in need! Call Jennifer at 712-255-9741 for more information!
- Make a donation. You can make a tax-deductible donation through our “Fill Plates, End Hunger” online page. Or call Development Director Jennifer Hart at 712-255-9741 x205 to discuss your donation.
- Become a sustainer. The stress of bills comes on a monthly basis. You can help by making your donation recurring on our Help Solve Hunger Every Day online page.
- Donate your time. Volunteering is so rewarding and such a huge help to the Food Bank. Learn more here.
- Donate food. We gladly accept food donations of food. To learn more about what we can accept, please visit our website. If you’re making a special trip to the store to purchase food to donate, please consider donating cash instead as the Food Bank is able to secure 13 pounds of food for every $1 donated!
Thank you for working together to help solve hunger in Siouxland.
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Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
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