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Jun
12
2017

2017 Clay Shoot hugely successful!

Published: June 12th 2017 @ 10:50 AM by Monica Scheuer in Peoria, IL
Thanks to all who attended, shot, volunteered, and sponsored our 6th Annual Clay Shoot!   The weather was perfect for staying cool but made the clay targets a bit more challenging for the 185 shooters to hit.   Check out pictures of shooters   We could not do this shoot without the financial support of our sponsors: Bruce & Charlene Hohulin Owens Corning Christopher & Georgia Glynn Pekin Insurance Goose…
Jun
9
2017

Spring 2017 Kapu Africa Newsletter

Published: June 9th 2017 @ 3:35 PM by Denny Mott in East Africa
  DONATE NOW   Dear Family, Friends and Faithful Supporters,   It has been nearly a year since our last newsletter, and we apologize.  A lot has happened.   East Africa Drought Much of East Africa has been gripped by a severe drought since early to mid-2016.  Some farming regions have had no rain since February 2016.  As a result, the normally steady supply of donated fresh vegetables for our…
May
25
2017

Healthy Foods Priority at MFB

Published: May 25th 2017 @ 4:25 PM by Monica Scheuer in Peoria, IL
Healthy foods are priority at MFB   Okay, we admit it!  Fresh produce and healthy dairy options are not always the norm here at Midwest Food Bank.  Since MFB relies mostly on donated foods, we don’t see high quality and nutritious produce often enough even though we desperately seek out these special loads.   Thanks to MFB – Bloomington Division’s partnership with Wal-Mart, we are able to receive fresh produce…
Apr
28
2017

Serving from a new location

Published: April 28th 2017 @ 11:25 AM by Phil Hodel in Bloomington, IL
Midwest Food Bank is now fully operational at our new location: 2031 Warehouse Road, Normal, IL. Food had gradually been stored here as warehouse space was completed. Offices were moved on Saturday, April 15, and Monday, April 17 marked our first full day here.    The Veterans Parkway warehouse seemed huge when we moved in over 11 years ago. Over time, donations increased and the space filled up. Options for…
Apr
24
2017

Volunteers work to make 2017 Gala a success

Published: April 24th 2017 @ 3:05 PM by Phil Hodel in Bloomington, IL
Our 7th Annual Gala and Auction was held on Saturday, April 16, 2017. Guests began arriving at 4pm and enjoyed appetizers and perusing the auction items. The silent auction ended and a delicious steak dinner was served at 5:45. Following that was a lively auction, run by Clark and Lynn Stoller.    Founder David Kieser was unable to attend as he and Wilma were in Houston, Texas, where she is…
Apr
17
2017

MFB hires a Chief Financial Officer

Published: April 17th 2017 @ 11:30 AM by Phil Hodel in Bloomington, IL
Please join us in welcoming Eric Hodel to the Midwest Food Bank team. He has been hired for the new position of Chief Financial Officer.   Eric has a BS in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois and has held multiple positions within Caterpillar, most recently as the TTT Product Manager for North America.  During Eric’s tenure at Caterpillar he has lived in multiple locations and has experienced significant…
Apr
5
2017

2017 Gala & Auction items

Published: April 5th 2017 @ 10:45 AM by Phil Hodel in Bloomington, IL
April 22, 2017 is the night of the Midwest Food Bank Bloomington Gala & Auction, our biggest annual fundraiser. This event will be held at our new location, 2031 Warehouse Road, Normal. It's a great opportunity to see our new digs!   Schedule:   4:00  Appetizers & silent auction 5:40  Silent auction closes 5:45  Prayer and dinner 6:45  Live auction begins   Please join us for an evening of fun…
Apr
4
2017

New expansion ribbon cutting

Published: April 4th 2017 @ 11:35 AM by Phil Hodel in Peachtree City, GA
Two loading docks and an additional 8,000 sq. ft. were added to Midwest Food Bank Georgia's 34,000 sq. ft. distribution center. With the work completed, we held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their expansion on Friday, March 31, at 8:30 am. Over 100 people attended the event, including Peachtree City Mayor, Vanessa Fleisch, Fayetteville Mayor, Ed Johnson, and Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Carlotta Ungaro. That evening, a dinner…
Mar
23
2017

Augie Students Rock!

Published: March 23rd 2017 @ 9:50 AM by Monica Scheuer in Peoria, IL
We are blessed to have students from Augustana College join other community volunteers this month to load and pack trucks, vans, or cars with food at our Quad City distribution.    Thanks to these Augie students and all our volunteers for their hard work!  Without them, we couldn’t reach as many people in Western Illinois and Easter Iowa.   The MFB has been committed to delivering a semi-load of dry…
Mar
21
2017

Choosing to serve

Published: March 21st 2017 @ 9:20 AM by Carol Jankowski in Morton, IL
Warren and Lloyd are two of the faithful volunteers at the Morton Division. On Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m. volunteers can work together during our weekly "Walk In Wednesdays". Volunteers do not need to sign up, just show up. All ages work together on processing food donations, re-packaging projects or Tender Mercies. These volunteers are critical to the mission of feeding those in need but they also are a shining light…
Mar
17
2017

What the Lord has done

Published: March 17th 2017 @ 10:45 AM by Phil Hodel in Peachtree City, GA
"This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes."  - Psalm 118:23   In 2003, David Kieser and his family stepped out in faith to start Midwest Food Bank out of their family farm in Mclean County, Illinois. Food donations are gathered and freely distributed to agencies to give away. In the last 14 years, MFB has grown into 8 different locations.  Last year, MFB gave away over $124 million…
Mar
17
2017

Giving a cup of water

Published: March 17th 2017 @ 9:35 AM by Phil Hodel in Bloomington, IL
"And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward." Matthew 10:42   Midwest Food Bank had an opportunity to give a "cup of cold water" to neighbors in our own community. Late on March 9, a water main broke in Normal, prompting…
Mar
9
2017

IndyFoodDrop.org Launch

Published: March 9th 2017 @ 7:00 AM by Jeremy Baynai in Indianapolis, IN
PRESS RELEASE: IndyFoodDrop.org launches with help from four of the city’s largest food hunger-relief agencies in an effort to save food and help feed hungry Hoosiers   Indianapolis – Four of Indianapolis’ largest food hunger-relief agencies collaborated on the launch of a new website, IndyFoodDrop.org, designed to help the trucking industry redirect any unclaimed food by local grocers and distributors from going into dumpsters and landfills, into the hands of…
Mar
8
2017

Bringing relief to disaster workers

Published: March 8th 2017 @ 1:30 PM by Phil Hodel in Fort Myers, FL
   A wildfire burned hundreds of acres of grassland in Miami-Dade County, Florida over the weekend, producing dangerous smoke. High winds contributed to the spread of the fire, creating a possible disaster situation.    Midwest Food Bank Florida donated and delivered water and supplies to the Collier County Sheriff's Office for agencies working together to contain this devastating disaster. Thank you to all of the men and women who are…
Feb
23
2017

Shopping at Amazon can benefit MFB

Published: February 23rd 2017 @ 11:10 AM by Phil Hodel in Fort Myers, FL
Amazon Smile is a program that directs 0.5% of the price of your purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. It's the same Amazon - same prices, same service. You are simply telling Amazon where you would like their chartable donations to go. When you sign up, you will be asked which charity you would like Amazon to support. In the search field, enter "Midwest Food Bank NFP," and…
Feb
10
2017

Expansion work progresses

Published: February 10th 2017 @ 1:55 PM by Phil Hodel in Peachtree City, GA
   Here are a few photos of our expansion project. It is very exciting to see the progress on the building, knowing that in the very near future, tens of thousands of pounds of food will begin flowing across the loading dock to help feed hungry people. Please consider making a donation to help us cover thecost of the expansion.      
Feb
3
2017

Monthly distribution

Published: February 3rd 2017 @ 2:00 PM by Phil Hodel in Fort Myers, FL
Once a month, we do a direct food distribution at the Cape Coral Veterans Memorial sponsored by the Gunterberg Foundation. It's an amazing opportunity for us to see the people on the receiving end of our donations. Here are some pictures of our most recent distribution. Take note of the group posed in front of the MFB truck. It's Heidi Basik with a group from Riverside Church. They came out…
Jan
31
2017

Pass the milk

Published: January 31st 2017 @ 11:30 AM by Carol Jankowski in Morton, IL
  Cornflakes anyone? MFB Morton received 15,600 pounds of this cereal and our faithful volunteers are re-packaging it into small bags for the many food pantries and agencies we serve. Pass the milk!
Jan
19
2017

New volunteer group now a regular

Published: January 19th 2017 @ 1:30 PM by Phil Hodel in Fort Myers, FL
At a missions event at her church, Karen Linklater heard about the volunteer opportunities we have at Midwest Food Bank Florida. The stories she heard sparked a passion in her. Karen is now a lead volunteer here, and a group from her church, Faith UMC, recently gave of their time to help those in need. Faith UMC is now planning a monthly volunteer time at MFB - on Saturdays, so…
Jan
11
2017

Eaton lighting the way for MFB

Published: January 11th 2017 @ 9:45 AM by Phil Hodel in Peachtree City, GA
       Eaton Lighting Solutions has shed some light on Midwest Food Bank Georgia. 47 new LED light fixtures valued at more than $8,500 were donated to us by the lighting company. The lighting will be used in our current expansion project. Arnold Walworth, a Program Manager with Eaton, took the lead in making this donation happen.    The expansion adds 8,000 sq. ft. to our warehouse and includes…
Jan
10
2017

Our volunteers, our best advocates

Published: January 10th 2017 @ 11:20 AM by Phil Hodel in Morton, IL
Midwest Food Bank volunteers become our best advocates and the Ingham family of Washington is a great example of that. They were encouraged to volunteer at Midwest Food Bank by the Otte family - regular volunteer leaders at the Morton Division. “We needed to find something that our family could do together and enjoy while serving our community,” Tara Ingham said. Tara and her husband, Chad, have three children ages 6,…
Jan
9
2017

Auction item list, so far

Published: January 9th 2017 @ 1:00 PM by Phil Hodel in Fort Myers, FL
Fort Myers Midwest Food Bank Gala and Auction January 14, 2017   Appetizers and Auction Preview - 4:30 pm Dinner and Auction - 5:30 pm Tickets are $50 each or $400 for a table of 8 Call Midwest Food Bank Florida 239.690-1722   Auction Items                                                                                                                        1. Ark Encounter Package - Williamstown, Kentucky 2 Day pass for 4, plus $100 VISA card      …
Jan
5
2017

Meet Trevor

Published: January 5th 2017 @ 11:50 AM by Phil Hodel in Morton, IL
This is Trevor, a new volunteer at the Morton Division. Trevor, 26, recently learned how to use the sealer in the Tender Mercies hand packaging room. Regular volunteers say Trevor is eager to learn and a cheerful volunteer. He is developing more independent living skills and enjoys working. Once he learns a job, Trevor is dedicated to doing it the right way. MFB is only to do what we do…
Dec
27
2016

Small guy with a big heart

Published: December 27th 2016 @ 9:40 AM by Phil Hodel in Peachtree City, GA
   When donations come from children, they really touch our hearts. It is special to see them learning unselfishness and compassion at a young age. And it reminds us of how we want to be as adults.    One such donation came in to our facility recently. AJ Crowe turned his 11th birthday party into an opportunity to bless others. He brought in a donation of $117.39 and 2 bags…
Dec
20
2016

First food given from MFB Arizona

Published: December 20th 2016 @ 1:15 PM by Phil Hodel in Gilbert, AZ
   December 13 was an exciting day for Midwest Food Bank Arizona, as we were able to provide food for an agency. Fifty boxes of food were given to Native Health, an agency which provides health and wellness services to all people.    Volunteers Peter and Blenda Lott were on hand to load the boxes into their pickup. The food will serve Health Start (for pregnant and mothers with children under…
Dec
19
2016

Holiday Cheer

Published: December 19th 2016 @ 10:20 AM by Susan Herman in Peoria, IL
    Our winter newsletter has been tucked into your mailboxes. It is all about amazing you!    Rest a moment, wrap your hands around a cup warm hot chocolate and enjoy the read. The love and value you give is humbling.  Miracles at MFB have changed many lives forever.  Because of your generosity countless children and families have been provided relief and reprieve.  You have shown His Word true on earth as it…
Dec
5
2016

Foundation still "Dewing" it

Published: December 5th 2016 @ 2:20 PM by Phil Hodel in Gilbert, AZ
Midwest Food Bank has recently purchased a semi-tractor for the Arizona division, thanks to a grant from the Dew Foundation in Tyler, TX. This generous gift is already on its way south to its new home.   "I think it's significant that on its way to our warehouse, the truck is delivering a load to the Navajo Nation," says Eric Sheldahl, Director of the MFB Arizona division. The truck is…
Nov
28
2016

Take Home Meals

Published: November 28th 2016 @ 9:05 PM by Susan Herman in Peoria, IL
Join us in Sharing for Peace & Purpose. It's a beautiful season of giving and love at Midwest Food Bank. We enjoy this season 12 months out of the year.    MFB Back Pack Program  Midwest Food Bank partners with 32 child-focused feeding progams that supply food to children through the Backpack Program. Did you know: 1 in 5 American children go to be hungry. Moms Who Care: Limestone High School,…
Nov
10
2016

Eat good food. Help feed others.

Published: November 10th 2016 @ 8:40 AM by Jeremy Baynai in Indianapolis, IN
  The Chili's Give Back Program is a way for the popular restaurant chain to give some love and hope back to the communities where they live. The local Chili's restaurants came to us and offered to Give Back to the Midwest Food Bank Indianapolis Division.  From Nov 1 through January 31, visit any Indy Metro Chili's restaurant and 15% of your check total* will be donated!   Holidays are…
Sep
7
2016

Getty Christmas Concert

Published: September 7th 2016 @ 8:45 AM by Jeremy Baynai in Indianapolis, IN
Join us for our annual Midwest Food Bank Indianapolis benefit concert. Our 2016 concert, once again, features Keith and Kristyn Getty for an Irish Christmas!  Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:30pm at Clowe's Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University. Don't miss it!   Tickets are available at the Clowe's Hall Box Office, by calling 800-982-2787 or online by clicking HERE.   Click here to download or print the flyer
Jun
17
2016

Clay Shoot for Hunger 2016

Published: June 17th 2016 @ 9:15 AM by Peter Goddard in Morton, IL
Thanks to all that helped make this 7th Annual Clay Shoot for Hunger a success! This is the first of four major fundraisers we have to benefit the Peoria and Morton Divisions of Midwest Food Bank.  The generosity of 27 corporate and individual sponsors offsets expenses so that MFB can use the money raised to provide food FREE of charge to partnering, feeding programs.   Saturday, June 11th was a…
Jun
6
2016

Kroger Community Rewards Program

Published: June 6th 2016 @ 7:20 AM by Jeremy in Indianapolis, IN
Have you ever been shopping for your groceries and thought to yourself, "I'd so much rather be helping the Midwest Food Bank right now?" Probably not, but we're here to tell you thaty you can do both at the same time!  Kroger has a Community Rewards Program that sends a portion of the proceeds from your purchases as a donation to the charity of your choice.  All you need to…
Apr
18
2016

Now Hiring! Full Time Driver

Published: April 18th 2016 @ 1:45 PM by Jeremy Baynai in Indianapolis, IN
Midwest Food Bank Indianapolis is looking for a full time Class A CDL.  While the primary responsibility is driving, we are looking for an individual who can help on the front lines of vehicle maintenance as well as assist with scheduling and help in the warehouse when necessary.  As a faith-based not-for-profit, we are seeking the right candidate who can be the face and voice of the Midwest Food Bank…
Oct
20
2015

October 2015 Newsletter

Published: October 20th 2015 @ 11:36 AM by Denny Mott in East Africa
Dear Family, Friends and Faithful Supporters,   Thank you all so very much for your prayers, kind words, and financial support.  With help from each of you the lives of thousands of Nairobi’s poorest children are a little brighter.    You’ll notice a new look to our newsletter.  Our projects are simply getting too big to report in detail in a single, meaningful newsletter format.  So, we’ve streamlined it to…
Oct
20
2015

Kapu Africa Farm Project

Published: October 20th 2015 @ 11:35 AM by Denny Mott in East Africa
Kapu Africa Farm Project   Earlier this year we became aware of an opportunity to acquire a long-term lease on a large tract of land.  The Kenyan government has an initiative called Food Security 2030…essentially focused on eliminating the need for food imports into Kenya by the year 2030.  Kenya has massive food production shortfalls, the worst being soybeans.  Today, Kenya imports 98% of their soybean demand!  They import 30%…
Oct
20
2015

Crocodile Meat Project

Published: October 20th 2015 @ 11:30 AM by Denny Mott in East Africa
CROCODILE MEAT PROJECT     Revised Timetable The crocodile farm providing the crocodile carcasses for our meat processing plant has decided to delay first slaughter until early 2016 to give their stock time to grow to optimum skinning size for their leather goods business.    Tragic loss While we’re disappointed, the delay actually gives us time to re-group from a tragedy we encountered.  On our May 2015 trip to Nairobi…
Oct
20
2015

Tender Mercies Kenya

Published: October 20th 2015 @ 11:30 AM by Denny Mott in East Africa
TENDER MERCIES KENYA   Developed in the US by Midwest Food Bank, with corporate and university support Fully nutritious, vitamin enriched meal, packaged in Kenya with East African ingredients.  Cooking only requires boiling in water for 25 minutes. One serving costs $.18, is filling, and provides 274 calories for growth and nourishment. 60 calories come from vegetable protein for healthier bodies and minds. A single serving contains 100+% daily requirements…
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 the…
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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