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Iowa Church Holds Monthlong Food Drive


For many people the final day of October marks Halloween or Reformation Day.

For members of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center, Iowa, it also marks the end of a monthlong food drive benefiting Mid-Sioux, a local community service organization that includes an emergency food pantry.

Bethel CRC has participated in the community through this organization for a number of years. “We usually have two offerings per year,” says Roger Van Voorst, a deacon for Bethel. “Either a food drive or a cash donation.”

Each Monday morning a group of women gather at Mid-Sioux to pack boxes of food for the community. Low-income families benefit from their donations and the fruits of their labor.

Every bit helps. The emergency food pantry, which offers families a three-day supply of food, operates entirely on community support. The organization serves families across northwest Iowa, from Lyon County down to Ida County.

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