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Jun
12
2018

A beautiful day for a ride

Published: Tuesday @ 4:20 PM by Peter Goddard in Bloomington, IL
Illinois weather. If it's not what you want, stick around. It'll change soon.   So it happened on Saturday, June 9, the day of the Food Bank Flyer, a bike ride to benefit Midwest Food Bank. The morning was beautiful for a bike ride, cool with no breeze. Suddenly, storm clouds appeared and a much-needed heavy rainfall began.    It was much-needed, but not very convenient for a bike ride. …
Jun
12
2018

Birthday Blessings!

Published: Tuesday @ 1:30 PM by Susan Herman in Peoria, IL
Samyuktha had heard about others asking for donations for Midwest Food Bank in lieu of birthday presents. She decided that she wanted to share in the joy of giving to others for her 6th Birthday!! Today, she and her parents brought in 162 pounds of food from her recent birthday party with friends to give to those in need! Happy Birthday Samyuktha!!
Jun
12
2018

Tea Time!

Published: Tuesday @ 12:55 PM by Susan Herman in Peoria, IL
We had a delicious treat! Peoria Seva Mandal shared their homemade Chai tea with us after their volunteer time. They have faithfully served MFB for years and a true friendship has been created. We look forward to their smiles and willing hearts on Thursdays.       
May
10
2018

Trivia Night 2018

Published: May 10th 2018 @ 10:00 PM by Susan Herman in Peoria, IL
The Young Leaders of Midwest Food Bank - Peoria organized the 2nd annual Trivia Night held in the warehouse. A packed house enjoyed team Trivia, prizes, games and a delicious spread of food. The questions were challenging but the teams were winning and cheering each other on.     The Young Leaders consists of 8 professionals that have a heart to serve the community through the Midwest Food Bank’s mission.  Their efforts to raise awareness …
May
9
2018

A Walk to Serve

Published: May 9th 2018 @ 3:25 PM by Susan Herman in Peoria, IL
Students from Dunlap CUSD #323 Wilder-Waite Elementary arrived to participate in Project Impact. They do various activities and fundraisers to support different groups and organizations. This month they chose to walk 1 mile to Midwest Food Bank-Peoria to learn what we do, label cans, taste our delicious Tender Mercies meal and then walk back to school. The warehouse was alive with their enthusiam to serve. Thanks to Mr. Conlee and Mrs. Arnatt who …
May
7
2018

Why we do what we do

Published: May 7th 2018 @ 3:00 PM by Peter Goddard in Peachtree City, GA
People in difficult life circumstances often feel as though no one is on their side. The thought, "Who cares?" must run through their minds.   At Midwest Food Bank, we want to respond with a reassuring, "We do!"  We care, and that's why we do what we do.   How many people appreciate what foster families really do for kids?  We do, and that’s why we support organizations like A …
May
4
2018

Glorious Saturdays

Published: May 4th 2018 @ 2:50 PM by Peter Goddard in Gilbert, AZ
Want to give back to the community but find it hard to schedule that time in this fast-paced world? Then Midwest Food Bank's Glorious Saturdays are just what you need.   Every Saturday, MFB offers volunteer opportunities for all ages and abilities. Walk-in with no appointment anytime from 9 a.m. to noon. We'll have something you can do to help others in need. After the work is over, stay for …
May
4
2018

How else can they learn?

Published: May 4th 2018 @ 1:30 PM by Peter Goddard in Gilbert, AZ
One generation shall praise thy works to another -Psalm 145:4   It's a wonderful thing to see the joy of giving come alive in the eyes of children. We are blessed to be able to provide that learning experience at Midwest Food Bank.    Many tasks in a warehouse setting are unsuitable for youngsters. Forklifts aren't usually driven by children. But there are many ways young people can volunteer and …
May
3
2018

Prepared for the job

Published: May 3rd 2018 @ 10:35 AM by Peter Goddard in Bloomington, IL
When our current facility was purchased and renovated, generous donors approached us with a unique vision - an area for volunteering, meeting, recreation and eating. The end result is the community center, an interconnected kitchen/dining space, conference room, service project space and two basketball/volleyball courts. Groups can meet, work on a volunteer project, shoot some hoops and enjoy a pizza. It's a way Midwest Food Bank can give back to a …
May
3
2018

Higher learning, higher calling

Published: May 3rd 2018 @ 8:20 AM by Peter Goddard in Morton, IL
" ...by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " - Acts 20:35 It's a blessing to us at MFB to see so many people concerned about those in need. Elementary school children learn the value of thinking of others. High shool and college-age men and women give of their youthful …
Apr
23
2018

Expanding our serve

Published: April 23rd 2018 @ 12:50 PM by Phil Hodel in Fort Myers, FL
Midwest Food Bank Florida has been experiencing some exciting growth. We've made some changes recently to adjust to the volume of food we receive and the number of agencies we serve.   In March, we changed our distribution model to every Tuesday. Prior to this, distribution was only two days per month.     This wouldn't be possible without a growing base of volunteers dedicated to helping those in need. For example, …
Apr
23
2018

Blessing the children

Published: April 23rd 2018 @ 10:05 AM by Phil Hodel in Peachtree City, GA
Having a good school system doesn't mean everything is perfect. Here in Fayette County are some of the highest rated schools in the state and nation. Still, some of the children are hungry.   What can a teacher do for a student who can't concentrate because of hunger? Some decided to use their own personal funds to provide food. That is dedication. Midwest Food Bank reached out to offer our …
Apr
11
2018

Lynch Serves Breakfast

Published: April 11th 2018 @ 8:15 AM by Susan Herman in Peoria, IL
Lynch Aluminum Mfg. Co. is not just a neighbor in the warehouse district of North Peoria but serving friends to Midwest Food Bank – Peoria.   In January 2016, we sent out a plea for trucking help and Lynch Aluminum graciously provided volunteer drivers and trailers. (Read newsletter article here)    Since then, their owners and employees have worked side by side helping us with many projects in our warehouse.  Plenty of …
Apr
10
2018

A great group of kids

Published: April 10th 2018 @ 3:35 PM by Phil Hodel in Bloomington, IL
Senior day! For many people of a certain age, this phrase means a day doing something fun. After all, when you're a senior in high school, you are the king or queen of your domain.   At Tri-Valley High School, Tuesday April 10, 2018 was senior day. The rest of the school was taking those all-important tests and the seniors were allowed to skip. Their chioces were: take a college …
Apr
6
2018

Kind Harvest Sponsorship

Published: April 6th 2018 @ 2:55 PM by Jeremy Baynai in Indianapolis, IN
Hello friend of the Food Bank!   I hope this message find you well!   This year we are hosting a signature fundraising event here in Indianapolis called “Kind Harvest: An Open Air Meal”. It will be a meal with our 500 good friends, seated at tables around the circle in downtown Indianapolis. We plan on having this event annually. Our hope is to raise over $100,000 to support Midwest …
Apr
5
2018

ISU President Dietz and cabinet visit MFB

Published: April 5th 2018 @ 2:20 PM by Phil Hodel in Bloomington, IL
"I am appreciative of Midwest Food Bank's service to those in need," says Larry Dietz, President of Illinois State University. That appreciation led Dietz to bring his cabinet for an extended visit Tuesday, April 3.   After meeting CFO Eric Hodel and Executive Director Chad Bevers, the group toured our facility. To complete the experience, they stayed and volunteered. It was MFB's distribution week, so there was plenty to do. The …
Mar
6
2018

28,000 meals in one morning

Published: March 6th 2018 @ 3:10 PM by Carol Jankowski in Morton, IL
225 volunteers, 2.5 hours, 7,000 meal packets! That is what Midwest Food Bank, Resonate Church, and many volunteers accomplished on March 3. The math is even more powerful when you consider that each packet feeds four people - that's 28,000 meals. The Morton location of MFB is working with groups in central Illinois to organize and host events that allow volunteers to hand measure and pack the rice and beans …
Feb
27
2018

New distribution location

Published: February 27th 2018 @ 8:30 AM by Phil Hodel in Gilbert, AZ
Beginning Saturday, March 3, MFB Arizona agencies have another option for distribution: Tucson. Already 18 agencies are taking advantage of this alternate pick-up location.   Like our regular distribution, agencies will place their order using the online menu system. Order will be packaged at our Gilbert location and sent to Tucson ready for pick up. Distributions will be the first and third Saturday of each month.    MFB Arizona is …
Feb
26
2018

Blessings shared

Published: February 26th 2018 @ 1:15 PM by Phil Hodel in Fort Myers, FL
It was a beautiful and warm late afternoon in Ft Myers when guests began to arrive for the 3rd Annual MFB Florida "Sharing the Blessings" gala dinner and auction. Appetizers were ready to enjoy while perusing the many items on the auction.   While dining on a delicious braised rib dinner catered by Jamie and Jacob Catering, guests enjoyed music by Calypso Magic ("Skip" Bowman). Gentlemen from Teen Challenge and St. …
Feb
23
2018

Milestone first shipment made

Published: February 23rd 2018 @ 3:50 PM by Phil Hodel in Haiti
Since the introduction of the new Haiti division late last year, there have been many requests from U.S. sponsored organizations operating in Haiti for food to assist their various ministries in Haiti.   In early January, MFB Morton division’s hand and automated Tender Mercies packing moved into high gear, packaging nearly 22 tons of Tender Mercies (59,400 packages containing nearly 250,000 servings) for shipment to Haiti.  This load was then …
Feb
23
2018

Tender Mercies off and running

Published: February 23rd 2018 @ 1:45 PM by Phil Hodel in Morton, IL
The Morton location started 2018 by packing and preparing a container of Tender Mercies is be shipped to Haiti. This was in cooperation with MFB’s newly established Haiti Division.   A total of 59,400 packets left the Morton warehouse in mid-January with a final destination of Haiti. Volunteers on the Tender Mercies machine worked diligently to fill this order and set a one-day production record for the machine with 7,300 …
Feb
23
2018

Agency Round-Table

Published: February 23rd 2018 @ 12:05 PM by Phil Hodel in Peachtree City, GA
We held our semi-annual agency round table on Tuesday, January 30.  This is an opportunity for MFB to provide updates on our operation and plans for the future. This was also a chance for idea sharing between us and the agencies and for the agencies with each other.    Midwest Food Bank Georgia held a special distribution for the 67 partner agencies who attended. Thanks to the hard work of 30 …
Feb
21
2018

Christine and Godwin: Serving with love

Published: February 21st 2018 @ 1:35 PM by Phil Hodel in East Africa
Since the founding of Kapu Africa, Midwest Food Bank's East Africa division, Christine Mutsoli has been an amazing help.    Christine, Kapu Africa's Executive Director, was educated in the USA. She has a Master's Degree in Microbiology from the University of Texas, and worked in the US for several years. In all of this, God was preparing her to be the perfect fit for MFB.    Now, Christine, works with agencies …
Feb
21
2018

Hearts for helping

Published: February 21st 2018 @ 1:20 PM by Phil Hodel in East Africa
How does an orphanage get its start? What is the spark that sets in motion a ministry so big? For the Reverend julius Mbaya and his wife, Tabitha, the answer is easy: there was a need.    Several years ago Julius retired from his church ministry and another pastor took his place.  After some time the new pastor said the church couldn’t continue feeding the street children that Julius and …
Feb
12
2018

Pressed down and shaken together

Published: February 12th 2018 @ 10:15 AM by Phil Hodel in Indianapolis, IN
"Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over ..." -Luke 6:38   Since the beginning of Midwest Food Bank Indiana, vast storehouses of food have been donated and subsequently given away. But as the saying goes, "You can't outgive the LORD." Food donations have increased at an amazing pace.   In 2017, nearly $30 million worth of food was distributed. There are days when …
Feb
8
2018

From volunteer to employee

Published: February 8th 2018 @ 12:25 PM by Phil Hodel in Bloomington, IL
Midwest Food Bank Bloomington-Normal is happy to announce the hiring of Jeni Hanson as Warehouse Manager. Jeni's first day in her new position was January 23. But it certainly wasn't her first day at MFB.   Already a valued volunteer, Jeni is well-known to the regulars here. She was very sensitive to the mission of MFB from the start. She soon became a familiar and welcome sight, even using her …
Feb
5
2018

Midwest Food Bank Haiti begins

Published: February 5th 2018 @ 3:40 PM by Phil Hodel in Haiti
Midwest Food Bank is pleased to announce plans for a new location in Haiti. The Haiti division, founded in December 2017 is Midwest Food Bank’s ninth division and second international division.   The initial focus is to provide or supplement Haitian faith-based school lunch programs. This will allow the schools to redirect limited funds from food to increasing enrollments. School lunches are often the only nutritious meal students eat daily, …
Feb
2
2018

Our volunteers continue to amaze us

Published: February 2nd 2018 @ 12:15 PM by Phil Hodel in Peachtree City, GA
January was a big month for Midwest Food Bank Georgia. It was our single biggest distribution month ever. We gave away 59,187 cases of food. We are currently serving 309 not-for-profit agencies from 46 counties in 5 states.   None of this would be possible without our generous donors. Food and funds provide meals for the many in need who we serve.    The other half of the equation is …
Feb
2
2018

Share the Blessings Breakfast

Published: February 2nd 2018 @ 9:55 AM by Phil Hodel in Gilbert, AZ
Midwest Food Bank held it's first "Sharing the Blessings Breakfast" on Wednesday, January 31. It was an opportunity for the non-profit agencies we serve to get to know each other, fellowship and encourage one another.    85 guests enjoyed a breakfast of eggs, fruit, muffins, coffee and juice, while visiting. The Town of Gilbert presented information on emergency assistance for low income residents.   "People wo are on the front …
Feb
1
2018

"God is making it grow"

Published: February 1st 2018 @ 9:55 AM by Phil Hodel in Indianapolis, IN
"I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow." I Corinthians 3:6   Midwest Food Bank is watching the LORD grant increase to the generosity of others.    Kaleo, a local non-profit, partners with ministries in the Indianapolis area. MFB Indiana was the recent recipient of a grant from Kaleo, to spruce up our kitchen and office area. As we have been focused on serving others since …
Feb
1
2018

Welcome to a new Operations Manager

Published: February 1st 2018 @ 9:30 AM by Phil Hodel in Fort Myers, FL
Midwest Food Bank Florida is blessed to add Josh Roark to our team. His education, experience and gifts are a welcome addition.   Josh is currently working on his Bachelor Degree in Operations Management and Supply Chain Management. He will be getting our inventory up to corporate standards, making procurement decisions and manage product flow. Josh will also oversee our fleet maintenance and grounds upkeep. Working with our Volunteer Coordinator, …
Jan
31
2018

Tender Mercies machine cleaning

Published: January 31st 2018 @ 1:55 PM by Phil Hodel in Morton, IL
Midwest Food Bank Morton houses the machine that bags Tender Mercies, our one-pot meal. Tender Mercies contains rice, beans, protein and seasonings, providing a balanced meal while tasting delicious.    In January, volunteers that operating this machine produced more than 50,000 Tender Mercies meal packets. Each packet feeds four people - you can do the math!   Below are Roy and Jim - two of the regular volunteers at the …
Jan
2
2018

The older helping the younger

Published: January 2nd 2018 @ 12:50 PM by Phil Hodel in East Africa
On December 5, 2017, Kapu Africa board member Denny Mott and his wife, Beth, visited a home for the elderly in Nairobi's Pangani slum area. An Austrian nun started the home years ago, and it now houses 74 people. The Motts were shown the clean rooms each resident shares with another. They also were shown the kitchen and outdoor general sitting area.    "Words cannot describe the loving care they …
Dec
26
2017

Helping the drought-stricken

Published: December 26th 2017 @ 10:10 AM by Phil Hodel in East Africa
  Kenya and the surrounding region is experiencing hunger brought on by prolonged drought. More than 2.5 million people are facing crisis levels of food insecurity. People are reducing the amount of food they eat, with many families eating only one meal per day.  Midwest Food bank East Africa has been blessed to have the support of Ridgeways Baptist Church, Nairobi, Kenya, our largest partner in drought relief effort in …
Dec
21
2017

Million Meal Marathon

Published: December 21st 2017 @ 8:45 AM by Phil Hodel in Indianapolis, IN
The 7th Annual Million Meal Marathon was held on October 10, 2017. Thousands of happy volunteers filled the Lucas Oil Stadium to pack food. Local businesses, firefighters, police officers, Colts players and cheerleaders worked side-by side with Students, families, friends and neighbors. All had the same mission: feed hungry Hoosiers. Midwest Food Bank was fortunate to be a partner in this effort, distributing the food to our partner agencies throughout …
Dec
19
2017

Huge effort to bless local families

Published: December 19th 2017 @ 2:50 PM by Phil Hodel in Indianapolis, IN
Andretti Autosport partners Butterball and DHL teamed up with 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and his team to give back to the Indianapolis community by donating to agencies served by Midwest Food Bank Indiana.   On November 14, 2017, Butterball, the producer of 20 percent of the nation's turkeys, and Andretti Autosport, the back-to-back Indianapols 500 winning team, gathered at Kroger in downtown Indy to deliver over 700 Butterball …
Dec
19
2017

Feed the 5,000 - new event

Published: December 19th 2017 @ 2:45 PM by Phil Hodel in Morton, IL
Midwest Food Bank Morton hosted the first ever “Feed the 5,000” event in November 2017 . Three Morton churches, Bethel Lutheran, Blessed Sacrament and Grace Church, participated by sponsoring the cost of a pallet of Tender Mercies. Volunteers from each church worked together to pack their pallet, too.   A pallet of Tender Mercies feeds 5,280 people at a cost of $726. Each church had the option of directing their …
Dec
19
2017

Grant from Walmart provides truck

Published: December 19th 2017 @ 2:10 PM by Phil Hodel in Fort Myers, FL
  Walmart has awarded Midwest Food Bank Florida an $80,000 grant to purchase a refrigerated box truck to serve those in need. Expected to arrive in January 2018, this blessing will allow MFB to expand the number of agencies served.   “The truck from Walmart will be a tremendous help in picking up and delivering food donations, says Karl Steidinger, Executive Director of MFB Florida. “Nutritious perishable foods in particular will …
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
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 …
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, …
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 …
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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