- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers will donate money and their time to replenish shelves at the Food Bank of Siouxland, which is struggling to keep up with increased demand.

Tyson Foods connected The Pack Shack, a hunger relief organization from Rogers, Arkansas, with the Food Bank of Siouxland to pack 250,000 meals of cheesy rice and vegetables.

On Saturday, the Arkansas group is hosting a Feed the Funnel event at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1wCMtAt ) reported. In a two-hour shift, a person is expected to pack an average of about 250 meals. Each meal costs 25 cents, and each participant is asked to donate $62.50 for them.

Executive Director Linda Scheid said she hopes the event will increase awareness about hunger in Sioux City.

“People like to eat 365 days a year,” she said. “It’s our job to see that they do.”

More than 105 groups in 11 Iowa counties are served by the Food Bank of Siouxland. The organization distributed 2.1 million pounds of food in fiscal 2014, up from 1.8 million the previous year.

About 49.1 million U.S. citizens in 2013 lived in households that were food insecure, meaning they didn’t have enough food for all family members, according to the federal agriculture department.

The number of Iowa households deemed food insecure was below the national average of 14.6 percent. The state saw an average of about 11.9 percent households classified as food-insecure from 2011 to 2013.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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