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The effect of increased food insecurity on MFB

Food Insecurity - Lack of consistent access to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle. (As defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) We've all felt the pinch of rising food and gas prices. But for people who fall into the category of "food insecure," those prices create a budget where the math can't add up. It's not just a hunch that ...

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Who are Midwest Food Bank's nonprofit partners?

The numbers say Midwest Food Bank gave about $430 million worth of food at no cost to about 2,100 food partners in the U.S. and around the world in 2021. That $430 million number represents the food those food partners receive from MFB - at no cost. That's a big deal as it allows them to use their money in other areas of their ministries - like fue...

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Add volunteering at MFB to your kids' summer plans

School is out for summer, and kids will be at the swimming pool, ball diamond, riding bikes. And volunteering at Midwest Food Bank. Yep, kids love to spend their time volunteering, and MFB has many tasks that are just right for kids. Here is what a few of the younger volunteers at the Morton location have to say about service. "It makes me feel goo...

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Tender Mercies machine run by volunteers

There's a big machine in the Morton warehouse of Midwest Food Bank that produces nutritious meals - 10 million servings since 2013, to be exact. But it's the people around the machine that make it all happen. The machine packages Tender Mercies - a low-cost (20 cents per serving) and highly nutritious meal that includes rice, beans, protein, spices...

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MFB Georgia volunteer visits MFB East Africa

After several months of short-term ministry work in Nairobi, Kenya, Dan Verhoef sought God's direction for the next season of his life. He felt moved to expand his volunteer role at Midwest Food Bank Georgia. At the same time, MFB Georgia was discussing a need for more Core Volunteers. Dan now fulfills the role of Core Volunteer, assisting Jef...

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Kapu Africa welcomes a new board member

In her professional career, Anne Ambwere chose the ethical path. It's a walk that helped her as the leader of Jamii SACCO in East Africa. SACCO stands for Savings and Credit Cooperative Society, and it is a membership-based financial institution. Under her 20-year leadership, Jamii SACCO has become highly profitable while still maintaining core val...

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MFB Texas working with other NFPs to help Ukrainians

As the events in Ukraine unfold, we've watched as refugees have fled their homes, struggling with great loss. One Midwest Food Bank Texas board member, Rich Stoller, decided to see if he could help. Combining the strengths of MFB with three other organizations, Rich has been able to coordinate the overseas shipment of a load of Tender Mercies, MFB'...

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MFB receives support from State Farm, Caterpillar Foundation, and GROWMARK

Three organizations are influential in supporting Midwest Food Bank - the Caterpillar Foundation, GROWMARK, and State Farm. All three are top supporters of MFB operations in Illinois and beyond. Over the past year, all three have supported MFB in the form of grants - $56,000 from the Caterpillar Foundation, $50,000 from GROWMARK, and $150,000 from ...

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Midwest Food Bank featured on podcasts

Podcasts are here to stay, and they have exploded in popularity. Consider this: there are about 4.5 million podcasts registered globally, and 57% of people in the US have listened to at least one podcast (according to thepodcasthost.com). Because podcasts are easily accessible and allow listeners to zero in on content that interests them whene...

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MFB forklift a daily reminder of Bill Dunbar

When Bill Dunbar volunteered at Midwest Food Bank Normal, he was not about being recognized for his work. He preferred to work quietly and get the job done. Bill passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in December 2020, leaving a void in his family and at MFB.  Bill's first volunteer time at MFB was with a group of co-workers from State Farm. He...

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Special Needs Services a win-win at MFB Arizona

Some people have a way of filling up a room with a positive atmosphere. Take JC, one of the adults that volunteer at Midwest Food Bank, Arizona. JC loves to wear hats and was the inspiration behind a "hat day" at MFB. She is one of a handful of adults from Special Needs Services who volunteer three days a week at the food bank. They come with a job...

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City of Chandler grant to MFB Arizona leads to food box distributions

It was a team effort on Super Bowl Sunday in Chandler when volunteers worked with a local church to give family food boxes to people that need them. It started before that with a $40,000 grant from the City of Chandler to Midwest Food Bank Arizona. The grant was specifically for food boxes in low-income areas of the city. On that Sunday, volunteers...

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Nursing students learn the realities of food insecurity

Knowing about something and experiencing it firsthand are two different things. A community health course at Bradley University takes book knowledge to a real-life experience through a poverty simulation exercise. The class also connects the dots for students as they learn how food pantries and food banks work together and how those resources can h...

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MFB Morton volunteer fills many roles

During the last ten years, Brittany Parker and her husband have started a family and put down some roots. In 2020, when the youngest of her four children went to kindergarten, she decided it was time to start giving back to her community. "I wanted to contribute to the community and found Midwest Food Bank's mission to be authentic and genuine...

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Central Storehouse furthering the MFB Mission

Loving neighbors. Feeding souls. Those are great taglines, but the action that follows goes beyond words. Those taglines are the action of Central Storehouse, a food pantry in Fort Worth, TX, that is a ministry of Central Bible Church. The pantry receives food from Midwest Food Bank Texas. "Midwest Food Bank is a critical partner of the Centra...

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Kapu Africa partner Ngakoriyek Academy serving hungry children

In Lodwar, Turkana County, Kenya, the soil may be dry, sandy, and challenging for things to thrive, but the children at Ngakoriyek Academy are growing every day. "Our learners were happy to drink porridge at 9 a.m. and eat rice for lunch for the first time on February 21 of this year," says Andrew Musundi, a retired teacher who founded and directs&...

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Serving others a family affair for MFB Florida nonprofit partner

Over 150 people in the Immokalee area receive food every month due to the efforts of a local family. Bob Klein, his wife Louise, and his daughter Mary, along with local volunteers, run a food pantry at the Corkscrew Baptist Church in Naples, FL. The Kleins also operate a local school for 20 youths from their community. In addition to thei...

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MFB New England volunteer doing what is needed

Cheryl Poulin offered to "do whatever is needed" when she started volunteering at Midwest Food Bank New England. That offer turned into building automation into our Excel inventory spreadsheets to help us be efficient and accurate. While that might make some people turn in the other direction, Cheryl has taken on the challenge. Volunteeri...

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Mercy Housing and Shelter tackling homelessness

Mercy Housing and Shelter in Hartford, CT, an MFB New England nonprofit partner, is working to "break the cycle of homelessness." The problem is tackled with five different approaches. Those five programs are: St. Elizabeth House - This is a 40-bed residence for people with HIV/AIDS, women in substance abuse ...

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Will R. appreciates The Friendship Center

Will R. spends as much time as he can at The Friendship Center. He says it helps him "stay out of trouble." The Friendship Center is one of five Mercy Housing and Shelter programs in Hartford, CT, working to break the cycle of homelessness. This day shelter is where Will eats breakfast and lunch five days a week. He can also take a shower...

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