Celebrating Women: Scheid provides food to Siouxland

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Since 1994, the Siouxland Food Bank has been leading the fight against hunger, and Linda Scheid is behind the cause. She has dedicated her life to ending hunger. 

More than 25,000 people in Siouxland, including 11,000 kids, don’t know where their next meal is going to come from.

“A lot of people in Siouxland don’t realize that hunger happens here. All of those people need nutritional assistance and it’s our job to make sure that happen,” Scheid said.

It’s not an easy job to take on, but one that’s vital to our community and keeps executive director of the Siouxland Food Bank, Scheid very busy.

“I do all that administrative kind of work, but I also get out in the warehouse,” said Scheid. “It’s a labor of love. I’m dedicated to the work I do because I believe it’s that basic human right, that basic human right that everyone have enough food to eat.”

Scheid has been with the Food Bank of Siouxland for 13 years. When she first started, it was just her and one other person. Now, the organization is the main food supplier for all of Siouxland’s food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and other non-profits, which provides food to over 16 thousand people each month and over 2 million pounds of food a year.

“This community has a network. It has a safety net system to make sure that those folks have resources and we’re helping to take care of people when they struggle,” said Scheid

Knowing her work is making a difference in the lives of thousands of Siouxland families is what keeps Scheid going.

“Whatever good or challenge the day brings, you go home at the end of the day and you know that the work you did mattered. Somebody will have dinner tonight, someone will have breakfast tomorrow. I can’t think of anything more rewarding than knowing I made a difference in those lives.”

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