voices for food


Have you ever met a gardener that didn't like to share the fruits of their labor?  Are you a gardener that has extra produce and would like to share?  Up From the Earth is a community based organization that is working to supply families in need with fresh fruits and vegetables.  

Produce Drop Off and Food Pantry Sites

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Produce Drop Off Sites

If you have a abundance of produce, you may take it to the following collection sites, where it wil be shared with the food pantries or human service agencies.

Siouxland Community Health Center of Nebraska (Central Hub)
3410 Futures Drive
South Sioux City, NE  68776
Monday 7:30 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30 A.M. -5:00 P.M.
Thursday 7:30 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Friday 7:30 A.M. -    5:00 P.M.
Bobbi Culbertson 402-412-7242

Nebraska Extension - Dakota County
1505 Broadway
Dakota City, NE  68731
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
9:00 A. M. - 4:00 P.M.
Brenda Sale or Tammy Peterson 402-987-2140

United Methodist Church
1523 Locust Street
Dakota City, NE  68731
Sunday's 10:00 A.M. - Noon
Friday's 9:00 A.M. - Noon
Pat Lane 402-987-3562

First Lutheran Church
3601 Dakota Avenue
South Sioux City, NE 68776
1st & 3rd Thursday of each month (Pantry Day) 
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Judy Blessing  712-255-7775
Office:  402-494-5461

Salem Lutheran Church
1753 G Avenue
(Corner of Hwy 110 & Hwy 35 west of Dakota City)
Dakota City, NE 68731
Sundays 10:15 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Thursday 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.Regina Rawlings 402-987-3582

Community Action Partnership
2120 Dakota Avenue
South Sioux City, NE  68776
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Family Services Advocate 402-494-8312

South Sioux City Public Library
2121 Dakota Avenue South Sioux City, NE  68776
Monday - Thursday 9:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.  
Friday & Saturday 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.  
Dan Nieman or Dave Mixdorf 402-494-7545

Voices for Food Produce Drop Off Site Flyer

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Food Pantry Sites

If you are in need of food for your family, visit the pantries located in Dakota County.

Dakota City Food Pantry
Dakota City Fire Station
208 S 21st St- Dakota City
4th Thursday of every month
5:00 - 7:00 P.M.
Contact Dakota City, City Hall (402)987-3448

First Lutheran Church
3601 Dakota Avenue
South Sioux City
1st & 3rd Thursday of the month
2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Contact:  (402)-494-5461

St. Paul Methodist Church
2003 A Street
South Sioux City
2nd Friday of every month
2:00 - 3:00 P.M.

Northeast Nebraska Community Action Agency
2120 Dakota Avenue
South Sioux City
8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.Monday - Friday (By Appointment only)
This pantry is available up to 3 times per year for emergency food needs only.
Contact:  (402)-494-8312


Dakota County Food Pantry Site Flyer  

Top 13 Vegetables to Donate to Food Pantries

Food pantries prefer common vegetables that keep for a day or two without refrigeration, are easy to prepare, and have a variety of uses. The following is a list of preferred vegetables to donate to food pantries.

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  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Winter Squash
  • Potatoes
  • Onions

  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Melons
  • Broccoli

  • Cabbage
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Beans

For more information check out the "Top 13 vegetables to donate to food pantries " publication by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

For more information on community donaton gardening, visit Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Community Donation Gardening Toolkit   


Fresh green leafy lettuce and spinach, Crunchy red radishes, Hearty peppery kale, and Flavorful chives.


As each of these garden items come into season find different ways to prepare and serve the bounty provided in the area's gardens!

Check out food.unl.edu for everything cooking, preserving and keeping your food supply safe for your family.

Recipes and flavorful ideas for cooking and serving fresh vegetables.  

More recipes from Asparagus to Zucchini  (There are multiple pages of recipes, click to advance to next page)