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Nov
30
2017

Peoria Midwest Food Bank Growing Forward with Capital Campaign

Published: November 30th 2017 @ 10:10 AM by Susan Herman in Peoria, IL
Peoria Midwest Food Bank is eagerly anticipating how the Lord will help us grow to serve more of neighbors and reach further into surrounding areas of need.  Our passion is to love, give hope and food to those in need.  Each day we are grateful for our kind volunteers that come alongside our passion and give of their valuable time and talents.  Each volunteer is key to the mission.   …
Nov
22
2017

Caring Community Gives Thanks

Published: November 22nd 2017 @ 2:30 PM by Phil Hodel in Bloomington, IL
Midwest Food Bank and Home Sweet Home Ministries completed another successful year of Give Thanks. With the generous support of the community, we collected enough turkeys and meal items to impact nearly 10,000 individuals.   Over 200 volunteers distributed the turkeys and meal boxes on November 18th and 20th at Midwest Food Bank. With the combined distribution dates, 2,416 households were served.   “It makes your Thanksgiving a little better …
Oct
13
2017

Give Thanks 2017

Published: October 13th 2017 @ 9:50 AM by Phil Hodel in Bloomington, IL
Helping others in need is a perfect way to give thanks for one's own blessings. Be involved in Give Thanks 2017, a joint effort of Midwest Food Bank and Home Sweet Home Ministries.    Give Thanks 2017 will be held Saturday, November 18, 12 - 4 p.m., and Monday, November 20, 2-6 p.m. On those days, volunteers will give away boxes filled with all the supplies for a complete Thanksgiving …
Oct
3
2017

Open House and Ribbon Cutting

Published: October 3rd 2017 @ 1:30 PM by Phil Hodel in Bloomington, IL
On Thursday, September 21, Midwest Food Bank had the blessing of hosting an open house at our new facility.    Guests followed a map for a self-guided tour. At the end of the tour, delicious hors d'oeurvres were ready to enjoy. At 4pm, everyone gathered for a McLean County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting.    As with every MFB endeavor, volunteers played a major role in the success of the …
Sep
27
2017

Volunteer Spotlight

Published: September 27th 2017 @ 10:55 AM by Lauren Leverette in Gilbert, AZ
  “Look for the helpers,” Fred Rogers’ mother once stated after hearing some devastating news. You will lose hope if you look at the problem, but if you keep an eye out for those in taking a stand, you will have hope. This was taken to heart by these six senior volunteers, all donating multiple hours throughout the week to help Midwest Food Bank run smoothly. “That’s us! We’re second-in-line …
Sep
27
2017

Feature Agency: Wings of Faith

Published: September 27th 2017 @ 8:55 AM by Peter Goddard in Gilbert, AZ
  Feature Agency: Wings of Faith   “Real people meeting real needs,”       Wings of Faith, one of Midwest Food Bank’s first agencies, is made up of volunteer missionary pilots ‘bringing the message of love and salvation to hurting people on Reservations in America's Southwest region.’ Avoiding the difficult dirt roads, W.O.F. serves the Native American population by flying donations showing them they are not forgotten. With …
Sep
22
2017

MIDWEST FOOD BANK ADDING HURRICANE MARIA VICTIMS TO RELIEF EFFORTS

Published: September 22nd 2017 @ 4:45 PM by Jody Smith-Brown in Peoria, IL
Date: September 22, 2017 Peoria, IL – Midwest Food Bank   Midwest Food Bank is expanding relief efforts to include victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.   Agape Flights, a nonprofit organization based in Venice, Florida will airlift six pallets of Tender Mercies™, the equivalent to nearly 32,000 meals, along with other essential supplies to Puerto Rico on Monday, September 25. Once in Puerto Rico, Love The Nations NFP, …
Sep
14
2017

Water given in His name

Published: September 14th 2017 @ 1:55 PM by Phil Hodel in Fort Myers, FL
"God has brought water to Immokalee today!" This was the good news announced by Mark of St. Matthew's House.  Upon hearing that the water in Immokalee was not sanitary, Karl Steidinger, Director of Operations for Midwest Food Bank Florida, made a phone call to see if MFB could help. He was soon on the road with a semi load of bottled water. The line began to form as soon as …
Sep
2
2017

Wow. Amazing volunteers!

Published: September 2nd 2017 @ 2:00 PM by Phil Hodel in Peachtree City, GA
We asked for support and our community responded.  We had over 450 volunteers join us this morning to help sort and repackage disaster relief supplies.  WOW, just WOW.  Thanks to the work some AWESOME volunteers this morning, our truck is loaded and ready to depart Monday morning.  We are blessed to live in a community that cares.  Much more will be needed to be done in the coming weeks and …
Sep
1
2017

The Salvation Army and Midwest Food Bank Partner to Serve Hurricane Survivors

Published: September 1st 2017 @ 4:20 PM by Jody Smith-Brown in Peoria, IL
The Salvation Army and Midwest Food Bank, a longtime disaster partner, are working together to add emergency supplies to the growing relief operations supporting those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Midwest Food Bank will be collecting items to sort into food boxes and hygiene kits.  These supplies will be delivered to disaster sites by Midwest Food Bank, where they are distributed to those in need by The Salvation Army.   Mike …
Aug
28
2017

Disaster Relief for Texas

Published: August 28th 2017 @ 3:00 PM by Phil Hodel in Morton, IL
As a Salvation Army first responder, Midwest Food Bank is answering the call to send disaster relief food boxes to Texas. By the end of Hurricane Harvey, up to 100 inches of rain is possible. Already over 30,000 people are seeking temporary shelter. The extreme and widespread damage calls for long term relief efforts.   Two semi loads of Family Food Boxes have been sent to  be sent to Arlington, …
Aug
28
2017

Disaster Relief for Texas

Published: August 28th 2017 @ 2:45 PM by Phil Hodel in Peachtree City, GA
As a Salvation Army first responder, Midwest Food Bank is answering the call to send disaster relief food boxes to Texas. By the end of Hurricane Harvey, up to 100 inches of rain is possible. Already over 30,000 people are seeking temporary shelter. The extreme and widespread damage calls for long term relief efforts.   Two semi loads of Family Food Boxes have been sent to  be sent to Arlington, …
Aug
28
2017

Disaster Relief for Texas

Published: August 28th 2017 @ 2:45 PM by Phil Hodel
As a Salvation Army first responder, Midwest Food Bank is answering the call to send disaster relief food boxes to Texas. By the end of Hurricane Harvey, up to 100 inches of rain is possible. Already over 30,000 people are seeking temporary shelter. The extreme and widespread damage calls for long term relief efforts.   Two semi loads of Family Food Boxes have been sent to  be sent to Arlington, …
Aug
28
2017

Disaster Relief for Texas

Published: August 28th 2017 @ 2:35 PM by Phil Hodel in Fort Myers, FL
As a Salvation Army first responder, Midwest Food Bank is answering the call to send disaster relief food boxes to Texas. By the end of Hurricane Harvey, up to 100 inches of rain is possible. Already over 30,000 people are seeking temporary shelter. The extreme and widespread damage calls for long term relief efforts.   Two semi loads of Family Food Boxes have been sent to  be sent to Arlington, …
Aug
28
2017

Disaster Relief for Texas

Published: August 28th 2017 @ 2:25 PM by Phil Hodel in Gilbert, AZ
As a Salvation Army first responder, Midwest Food Bank is answering the call to send disaster relief food boxes to Texas. By the end of Hurricane Harvey, up to 100 inches of rain is possible. Already over 30,000 people are seeking temporary shelter. The extreme and widespread damage calls for long term relief efforts.   Two semi loads of Family Food Boxes have been sent to  be sent to Arlington, …
Aug
28
2017

Disaster Relief for Texas

Published: August 28th 2017 @ 2:10 PM by Phil Hodel in Peoria, IL
As a Salvation Army first responder, Midwest Food Bank is answering the call to send disaster relief food boxes to Texas. By the end of Hurricane Harvey, up to 100 inches of rain is possible. Already over 30,000 people are seeking temporary shelter. The extreme and widespread damage call for long term relief efforts.   Two semi loads of Family Food Boxes have been sent to  be sent to Arlington, …
Aug
25
2017

Disaster Relief for Texas

Published: August 25th 2017 @ 1:50 PM by Phil Hodel in Bloomington, IL
As a Salvation Army first responder, Midwest Food Bank is answering the call to send disaster relief food boxes to Texas. This request for aid is unique in that it is made for a disaster yet to happen. Harvey is expected to make landfall on the central part of the Gulf coast early Saturday morning as a major hurricane. The storm is expected to stall and dump devastating rainfall of …
Aug
25
2017

Disaster Relief for Texas

Published: August 25th 2017 @ 10:15 AM by Phil Hodel in Indianapolis, IN
As a Salvation Army first responder, Midwest Food Banks Indianapolis Division is answering the call to send disaster relief food boxes to Texas. This request for aid is unique in that it is made for a disaster yet to happen. Harvey is expected to make landfall on the central part of the Gulf coast early Saturday morning as a major hurricane. The storm is expected to stall and dump devastating …
Aug
4
2017

Grand Opening!

Published: August 4th 2017 @ 8:45 AM by Lauren Leverette in Gilbert, AZ
  On August 3, 2017 at 11:30 am, the Arizona Division had its grand opening! Thank you to the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, and the communities for all of your support!   Midwest Food Bank is a faith based organization and their mission is to alleviate hunger and poverty by gathering and distributing food donations to not-for-profits and disaster sites without cost to the …
Jul
3
2017

Food Bank Flier 2017

Published: July 3rd 2017 @ 2:50 PM by Phil Hodel in Bloomington, IL
Midwest Food Bank received a wonderful blessing from Team 224, an offer to host a fundraising bike ride. The first Food Bank Flyer was held on Saturday, June 24, 2017.  It was a beautiful summer morning, cool and sunny. Cyclists began arriving at 6:30am to register. The first riders left at 7am. Others registered and left later. There were 20, 40 and 60 miles routes, as well as a 5K …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …

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