Everyone knows that feeling of an empty stomach. However, the feeling of running on empty without a way to resolve it is a reality for many in the Siouxland area. Approximately 1 in 10 adults and 1 in 6 children face that feeling on a regular basis. Without that fuel and nutrition, people — kids especially — don’t have the energy to focus, learn, grow, and ultimately, succeed.
September is national Hunger Action Month. At the local level, the Food Bank of Siouxland staff would like to thank all the food pantries, meal providers, and residential service providers who help the needy in Siouxland. This includes over 100 agencies in our 11 county service area.
In fiscal year 2016, the Food Bank distributed 2.1 million pounds of food to help those in need. In fiscal year 2017, the Food Bank is on track to distribute 2.2 million pounds of food, a 5 percent increase. Ultimately, the Food Bank is projected to serve well over 165,000 individuals and 47,000 families in 2017.
As a community, we need to make sure that no child, adult or senior in Siouxland ever runs on empty. Hunger is often a hidden problem but can affect a neighbor, a friend, a child’s classmate or a grandparent. This September during Hunger Action Month, we’re asking everyone to come together by donating time, money, or your voice in the fight against hunger.
Linda Scheid, Food Bank of Siouxland