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The Food Bank of Siouxland prepares for potential increase in demand

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- The Food Bank of Siouxland is preparing for an increase in demand because of the $600 unemployment benefit ending.

Since they supply food pantries in the area rather than the individuals themselves, officials say the process to prepare looks a little different.

"We are anticipating an increased need at our pantries. To prepare for that, we are pushing our fundraising, always applying for more grants," said Development Director Valerie Petersen.

As for who they are expecting to need the most assistance, officials say they are discussing families in the area that might need extra help in the near future.

"We do anticipate a significant rise in those in need in the Siouxland community," said Petersen.

Leaders with the Food Bank of Siouxland say anything anyone in the community can do to assist will be especially helpful.

"We're always accepting donations. Time, talent, monetary donations. If you wanna volunteer, just call the office here at 712-255-9741," said Petersen.

Officials with the Food Bank of Siouxland say, as always they plan to keep the public updated on any changes and want to do the best they can to serve the Siouxland area.

Looking back on the past two years, the Food Bank of Siouxland has seen a definitive increase in the number of pounds of food given away in the course of six months:

In January of 2019, they distributed over 200,000 pounds of food. While 12 months later they distributed over 225,000 pounds.

Then in February of 2019, 236,000 pounds of food was given out, with 240,000 pounds distributed in February of 2020.

March's distribution saw a nearly 142,000-pound increase between 2019 and 2020. And in April of 2019, 238,000 pounds of food was given out with April of 2020 seeing 357,000 pounds.

Last May, 197,000 pounds of food was distributed with this year's May distributing 321,000.

And finally, in June, the Food Bank of Siouxland gave out 313,000 pounds of food. In June 2019, it gave out 227,000 pounds.

Libbie Randall

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