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Local Organization Works to Feed Those in Need

Whether it's tomatoes or cucumbers, donations to the "Up From The Earth" program in Sioux City don't sit still for long.
Sioux City, IA (ABC9 News) - A growing new Blue Zones Certified organization in Sioux City is helping feed dozens of people a month. 

It may not look like much now, but the produce that is grown here, and locations like this in Sioux City are used to help feed dozens of people a week.

Whether it's tomatoes or cucumbers, donations to the "Up From The Earth" program in Sioux City don't sit still for long. The program dishes out fresh produce and other goods to Iowans in need on a weekly basis.

Every Wednesday, First Lutheran Church opens its doors at 9 AM and serves until the shelves are empty.

"Up From the Earth" started this past February as a volunteer based program, and has grown quickly. It now has 12 locations in Sioux City alone.

"I just feel there is such a need for us to help. And I feel that if I can make a difference in the world, I mean, what a great thing to do." says Larry LeClair of "Up From The Earth".

There's so much of a need, in fact, members often have to turn people away. "Up From The Earth" had just enough donated produce to feed the first 50 people in line on Wednesday.
Ron and Robbie Rohlena tend their garden to help fix that issue. Even though they do keep some fo what they grow for themselves, Robbie says they find joy in sharing.

"When you're a gardener, and you have more produce than you can eat, you just hate to see it go to waste. So this is a terrific opprotunity to make sure it doesn't go to waist." says Robbie Rohlena of Sioux City.

And that food is greatly needed. But to feed the masses, that's not the only thing needed.

"If I could help all of Siouxland, I would love to do that. I'm just one man. I can only do what I can do." adds LeClair.

If you would like to help donate produce, money, or would just like to help out within the organization, you can find more information on the "Up From The Earth" Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/upfromtheearth
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