From June to July of this year, there were 388 households and 984 individuals in Cherokee County who used the food pantry at Mid Sioux.
However, their need to fill that pantry is not just limited to the holidays, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving.
According to Mid-Sioux Opportunity Director Joan Forcier, there has been a rise in the number of clients at Mid-Sioux , but the community has stepped up and helped out, including many churches, businesses, social groups and many individuals not just from Cherokee but also from all the communities in the county.
Many of the schools have also contributed to the food bank. Forcier would like to thank everyone who has helped out every Holiday Season.
Currently, the food pantry is about empty, and they need help to keep the pantry full.
"A lot of people think of us during the holidays, but we need help year-round", said Forcier. "If we have the support we need, then we can support the people that are in need."
It is Forcier's hope that area businesses will have food boxes set up at their businesses so their employees bring canned or non-perishable items and at the end of the month the businesses will drop the boxes off at Mid-Sioux. Businesses are encouraged to implement a similar program if they don't already have one in place. It was something that had worked in the past and it is her hope it will work again in the future.
There are many area business that are currently running promotions/drawings and other venues that benefit Mid-Sioux. Forcier would like to list them all but due to the many donors, she is afraid that she would leave out somebody.
Among the preferred items are things that are not covered by food stamps, such as toilet paper, laundry soap and shampoo. Donations of cash are also welcome, and every donation stays in Cherokee County to help families here.
If you would like to donate items to Mid-Sioux, they are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, or call 712- 225-3322.
Forcier reminds people that they will accept most any donations. They can't accept meat that has not been federally inspected, and also no meat from lockers.
Forcier adds, "There is a misconception out there that our clients are lazy, and some people comment that 'maybe they should get a job,' but the fact of the matter is that people are working and just trying to survive , and every little bit of help adds up."