News & Updates

Nov
30
2014

MFB on Fox Business

Published: November 30th 2014 @ 9:05 AM by Jeremy in Indianapolis, IN
We've known that we were ranked as the #1 Top Notch Charity according to CharityNavigator.com, but we didn't know President and CEO of Charity Navigator, Ken Burger would be on Fox Business' The Willis Report and would give a special nod to the Midwest Food Bank!  In a piece aired on November 13, Mr. Berger, after discussing holiday giving at the register, mentions the Midwest Food Bank as a top …
Nov
24
2014

ISPA Donates Poultry Throughout State

Published: November 24th 2014 @ 12:00 PM by Jeremy in Indianapolis, IN
Indiana State Poultry Association Donates Over 62 Tons to Indiana Food Banks Indianapolis, Indiana – November 24, 2014     Governor Mike Pence will join representatives of the Indiana State Poultry Association to celebrate the donation of over 62 tons (125,000 pounds) of poultry products to food banks across Indiana for distribution to hungry Hoosier families on Monday, November 24, 2014.  This donation of high protein meat and eggs is …
Nov
21
2014

A Great Reminder........

Published: November 21st 2014 @ 3:00 PM by Larry Herman in Peoria, IL
Today we received a phone call…….  You’re thinking so??  You (MFB) receive thousands of phone calls!  Yes we do!    Today God has received millions of prayers……….  yes He does,,, and what’s the point?   What makes a prayer or a phone call different. MFB only gives food to organizations and not individuals, but occasionally a person in need drops by or calls and the prompting of the spirit leads …
Nov
21
2014

Small Gifts give Much Hope

Published: November 21st 2014 @ 1:50 PM by Monica Scheuer in Peoria, IL
Who says SMALL givings can't make a BIG difference?  Generous school children and families from Peoria Academy collected food on a cold November day to benefit those we serve at MFB. These little hearts bundled up to load up the pick up with their donations.  It was important to these little helping hands to carry a big dose of Hope in each can, box, or bag.  We are so thankful for all donations BIG or SMALL.   …
Nov
17
2014

Our Giving Record

Published: November 17th 2014 @ 9:45 AM by Monica Scheuer in Peoria, IL
We've hit a new record!  October was a fruitful month of giving allowing us to distribute more than 36,000 cases of foods to our partnering agencies.  We are so thankful that in November over 37,000 cases have been distributed.   Our generous and committed volunteers moved, packaged, and loaded up these cases for our partneriring agencies to distribute to those in need.  For this we are truly THANKFUL.
Nov
17
2014

500 Turkeys for an Indy 500 win!

Published: November 17th 2014 @ 1:00 AM by Jeremy Baynai in Indianapolis, IN
In honor of Ryan Hunter-Rey's Indianapolis 500 Victory this year, sponsor Butterball Turkey chose the Midwest Food Bank as recipient of 500 whole turkeys to donate to central Indiana.  The Indianapolis division of the food bank was host on Monday to a media event where the turkeys were distributed to our partner organizations.  200 turkeys went to Wheeler Mission and 200 to the Society of St Vincent de Paul for …
Nov
6
2014

A Busy Fall

Published: November 6th 2014 @ 1:00 PM by Monica Scheuer in Peoria, IL
Besides getting food out to the agencies we partner with every month we have been very busy receiving food and funds from recent events.  The Midwest Food Bank relies on these donated foods and funds to keep local food pantries and soup kitchens stocked.   A huge THANK YOU to all volunteers that have given their precious time and energy to these events.  Without volunteers we couldn't do all that …
Nov
3
2014

Pack The Pantries 2014

Published: November 3rd 2014 @ 10:40 AM by Jeremy in Indianapolis, IN
"The City of Indy's 7th Annual Pack the Pantries hunger relief initiative kicks off October 31, 2014 and will culminate on December 19, 2014 with the Caravan of Care. Pack the Pantries is a city-wide effort that raises awareness about issues of hunger in our community and encourages residents to help their neighbors during the holiday season when the need is greater. All donations benefit Midwest and Gleaners Food Banks who provide hunger relief to Indianapolis children and families."* …
Oct
20
2014

MFB Family Grows!

Published: October 20th 2014 @ 3:40 PM in Indianapolis, IN
We're excited to announce the arrival of the newest member of the MFBIndy family.  On October 10th, after 17 long hours, our Operations Manager, Jeremy Baynai and his wife Kristen welcomed their first child, Spencer Edmund.  Spencer came into the world at 8lb 7oz and 21in long.  We're thrilled for them both and thankful for a happy, healthy little boy.   
Oct
9
2014

Give Thanks

Published: October 9th 2014 @ 3:20 PM by Jim Wagner in Bloomington, IL
Please help Home Sweet Home Ministries provide 12,000 meals on Thanksgiving Day by donating a turkey and other thanksgiving meal essentials.
Sep
23
2014

Golf Outing Recap + Pics!

Published: September 23rd 2014 @ 2:00 PM by Peter Goddard in Morton, IL
Our 5th Annual Golf Outing in Peoria, IL on Tuesday, September 16th was a huge success thanks to WeaverRidge Golf Club, all the sponsors, volunteers and God for the great weather and conditions for the golfer. This increasingly popular event drew over 100 golfers through a very challenging course. A great buffet dinner and raffle followed. Check out some pics from the day here.
Sep
9
2014

Central IL Food 4 ALL

Published: September 9th 2014 @ 9:35 AM by Peter Goddard in Morton, IL
We are excited to share with you a community-wide food drive that will benefit Midwest Food Bank! The event is planned for Saturday, September 20th at all local Kroger locations in and around Peoria from the hours of 10:00am to 5:00pm. Friends from local churches and the community, along with Kroger, are partnering together for the Central Illinois FOOD 4 ALL food drive. Here are 2 ways for you to be involved …
Aug
28
2014

2014 Dinner and Silent Auction

Published: August 28th 2014 @ 6:00 PM by Jennifer Garner in Peachtree City, GA
Truckin' to the corner of Mercy and Hope   The 2nd annual Midwest Food Bank Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, October 18 at the MFB warehouse. This year the dinner will be catered by Pat’s Gracious Gatherings. We will begin the evening at 6 pm with a social time to look over and bid on the silent auction items.   We are excited to have Al Mead as our …
Aug
28
2014

PTC people tells the MFB story

Published: August 28th 2014 @ 5:40 PM by Jennifer Garner in Peachtree City, GA
PTCpeople.com is a website that brings the Peachtree City community together by blogging local news, events, and human interest stories. Recently one of its representatives, Robert Kinghorn visted the Midwest Food Bank and told the story on his website. It is exciting to see how our community is embracing what the Midwest Food Bank does and the people it reaches. You can read the article here. (Philanthropy’s Finest: PTC has …
Aug
26
2014

ISU Volunteers at Bloomington

Published: August 26th 2014 @ 12:00 PM by Jim Wagner in Bloomington, IL
The staff at the IL State Univ Student Counseling Center spent part of their staff training at the Bloomington warehouse building pre-load pallets to be used for the September Distribution Week.  Due to their efforts they built over 20 pair of pallets getting us past half way to the total sets of pallets required for the week,  Thanks to a great job by all of you!
Aug
11
2014

Golf Outing Approaching!

Published: August 11th 2014 @ 2:40 PM by Peter Goddard in Morton, IL
Join us Tuesday, September 16th for the 5th Annual Golf Outing to benefit the Peoria and Morton divisions of Midwest Food Bank.   Golf and Dinner Benefit is going to held at beautiful Weav er Ridge Country Club. Every year it is a blessing to enjoy the fall weather and friendship and benefit those in need! We are excited to share this event!   The day will be filled …
Aug
8
2014

Golf Outing Approaching!

Published: August 8th 2014 @ 4:05 PM by Monica Scheuer in Peoria, IL
Join us Tuesday, September 16th for the 5th Annual Golf Outing to benefit the Peoria and Morton divisions of Midwest Food Bank.   The weather has been great for golf and the greens at Weaver Ridge Golf Course are ready for your team of 4 golfers to participate in this best ball scramble.   For information and online registration [click here]
Jul
31
2014

Summer Newsletter 2014 - PDF

Published: July 31st 2014 @ 11:40 AM by Peter Goddard in Morton, IL
There is so much happening!  Volunteers and donors at both Peoria and Morton Divisions are busy delivering relief and hope to those in need. Read all about the impact they are making locally and around the world.   2014 Summer Newsletter (PDF)
Jul
21
2014

Booth Brothers Concert Sept 4

Published: July 21st 2014 @ 1:25 PM by Jim Wagner in Bloomington, IL
The 2014 Booth Brothers concert benefiting Midwest Food Bank will be held on Thursday, September 4, at Calvary Baptist Church in Normal, IL.  The doors will open at 6:00 and the concert will begin at 7:00.   Tickets are $20 & $15 and are on sale now at the Food Bank or by phone, 309 663-5350.  
Jul
14
2014

Tender Mercies load fulfilled for Backpack Program!

Published: July 14th 2014 @ 8:40 AM by Peter Goddard in Morton, IL
July has been very busy so far and God’s hand is showing through it all. We have another load scheduled for our friends in Arkansas. They operate a great organization that serves over 35,000 kids via a backpack program.   On Monday, July 14th, we achieved a new record for the production of Tender Mercies (TM) in one day - 7,600 bags eclipsing the "old" record of 6,250 bags (set …
May
20
2014

Group needed for May 29

Published: May 20th 2014 @ 2:20 PM by Jim Wagner in Bloomington, IL
The group scheduled to work May 29 had to cancel due to a conflict.  We nee a group of 15-25 to build Pre-Load pallets.  This work involves moving cases of food weighing up to 40+ lbs from one pallet to another in a specific pattern to create identical mixxepallets of food.  If your group is interested in helping that day, please contact us at 309 663-5350.  Your group can work …
May
8
2014

Packing Disaster Boxes

Published: May 8th 2014 @ 1:05 PM by Jim Wagner in Bloomington, IL
In response to the tornado and flooding disasters in the Southeast, Midwest Food Bank - Bloomington Division will be packing disaster boxes on Tuesday, May 13, starting at 10:00 a.m.  We plan to complete the project that day.  Volunteers must be at least 10 years old and remember, because it is a warehouse, open toe shoes are not allowed.   Follow the link for directions to the Food Bank.  Access …
Dec
16
2013

MFB receives grant from Clothes Less Traveled

Published: December 16th 2013 @ 5:30 PM by Jenny Garner in Peachtree City, GA
In 2013 our single biggest financial contributor was the Clothes Less Traveled Thrift Store. This great organization makes a difference in our community by providing financial grants to many of the service organizations in this area. Their generous financial grant to Midwest Food Bank helped us to bring in an estimated 30 truckloads of food this year. That equates to over 60,000 cases of food we were able to further distribute to …
Dec
16
2013

Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta Donates Forklift

Published: December 16th 2013 @ 5:15 PM by Jenny Garner in Peachtree City, GA
On November 5th 2013 representatives of Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta donated a Forklift to the Midwest Food bank Georgia Division. This forklift doubles the lift capacity at the warehouse and improved the operational effectiveness and efficiency to help support those in need. Thanks to Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta for helping us “Share the Blessings”.
Dec
16
2013

2013 Dinner/Auction

Published: December 16th 2013 @ 5:00 PM by Jenny Garner in Peachtree City, GA
The Georgia Division Dinner/Auction was held November 9 in the warehouse.  Speakers Larry Herman, First Vice-President MFB and Willie M. Simpson of Evangelistic Ministries gave a picture of MFB on the corporate level and on the level of one of our agencies.  Our dinner guests had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items and live auction item. The live auction was led by Auctioneer Jason Slaughter.  The night raised …
Nov
18
2013

Midwest Food Bank Aids Victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Published: November 18th 2013 @ 2:10 PM by Susan Herman
(Picture of Tender Mercies packed and ready at the Morton Division for shipping to the Philippines) Many have asked if Midwest Food Bank is supporting the Philippines and now we can say "YES"!! God's providence has opened a door! Midwest Food Bank with five divisions located in Bloomington, Morton and Peoria Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana and Peachtree City, Georgia announced today that they are jointly engaged with relief efforts in …
May
22
2013

Midwest Food Bank Helps Victims of Tornado in Oklahoma

Published: May 22nd 2013 @ 1:55 PM by Jim Wagner
Midwest Food Bank has responded to a request from The Salvation Army and is sending family food boxes to victims of the tornado in Oklahoma.    A family food box contains food and personal care products for a family of four for four or five days.  The first two loads of boxes were delivered Thursday morning with additional loads expected to leave next week.  Each semi trailer holds 750 boxes.  The food bank is …
May
21
2013

Midwest Food Bank rated best food bank in US for financial accountability

Published: May 21st 2013 @ 1:55 PM by Jim Wagner
WJBC The Voice of Central Illinois 6:58AM Sunday April 21, 2013 By Eric Stock  GLEN ROCK, N.J. - Bloomington has one of the most financially accountable charities in the country.  The New York-based non-profit Charity Navigator which ranks over 6,000 charities for financial accountability and transparancy pegs Midwest Food Bank as the top charity in Illinois and the best food bank in the U.S. It ranked as the fifth-most accountable …
Oct
5
2011

Georgia Location Opens

Published: October 5th 2011 @ 1:25 PM by Jim Wagner
The Board of Directors of Midwest Food Bank announced today the opening of a new division in Peachtree City, Georgia. With locations in Bloomington, Indianapolis and Peoria, Peachtree City is the fourth MFB facility.   "This move has been under consideration for some time, but we only wanted to proceed when we had clear direction to do so," said MFB president David Kieser.  "Midwest Food Bank has experienced exceptional growth …
Sep
1
2011

Hunger Action Month - MFB & Jewel-Osco

Published: September 1st 2011 @ 1:30 PM by Jim Wagner
 Jewel-Osco® and the Midwest Food Bank Team Up for ‘Hunger Action Month’ Campaign (Itasca, Ill.) Sept. 1, 2011 – JEWEL-OSCO, a leading Midwest food and pharmacy retailer, is partnering with multiple food banks, including the Midwest Food Bank, on a proactive food drive to support Hunger Action Month in September.  The campaign, called “Give a Little, Feed a Lot,” which is going on now at all JEWEL-OSCO stores and continues throughout the entire …

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