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How Midwest Food Bank and Our Partners Fight Food Waste Together

We often hear this question: "Why is all this food donated?" In 2023 alone, we distributed over $482 million worth of food. Midwest Food Bank partners with food producers, manufacturers, and distributors to save products. Sometimes, the food is something they can't sell. This may result from market challenges due to economic changes, shifting consu...

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Community Champions: Celebrating Our Volunteers’ Impact Across the States

ARIZONA Beyond MFB: A Volunteer's Compassion  At Midwest Food Bank, we witness countless acts of kindness from our volunteers every day. One such volunteer, Rosemary, dedicates her time to the bi-weekly food box distribution at her church, St. Matthew's United Methodist. This church operates a food pantry that serves around 50 families ev...

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Stories of Community and Cooperation in Fighting Hunger

NEW ENGLAND Unity in Service: Midwest Food Bank and Gemma E. Moran United Way In the heart of New London County, the Gemma E. Moran United Way / Labor Food Center (Food Center), operated by the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, stands as a testament to the power of community and collaboration. Beginning with $5,000 grant funding from United W...

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Exciting Leadership Updates and New Faces at Midwest Food Bank

FLORIDA Midwest Food Bank Announces Exciting Leadership Changes in Florida  We are excited to share some important leadership updates at Midwest Food Bank! Karl Steidinger has stepped into the role of Procurement Director for Midwest Food Bank. Since 2017, Karl has been serving as the Executive Director of our Florida division in Ft. Myers. In...

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MFB Haiti: Meeting the Challenges of a Troubled Country

While Haiti grapples with ongoing security, economic, and humanitarian difficulties, Midwest Food Bank Haiti remains committed to alleviating hunger and starvation through dedication and resourcefulness. Here are three encouraging stories about our efforts there. Eltana is one of many children being helped Eltana Pierre's story is a poignant r...

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How Midwest Food Bank Haiti is Overcoming Barriers to Feed the Hungry

The World Food Programme estimates nearly five million Haitians, almost half of the population, are facing emergency food conditions. More than 360,000 Haitians have been displaced this year due to persistent violence. Lack of food and job loss has affected two-thirds of families nationwide.Conditions in Haiti are dire, and the need is unimaginable...

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A local donation of 20,000 pounds of potatoes!

At MFB Pennsylvania, volunteers devote their time to converting bulk items into family-sized portions. Whether bagging rice, measuring pasta, or packaging sweets, the task is a communal effort laced with small joys, like the shared smiles over bagging butterscotch chips (some volunteers are still talking about that!). The work is fulfilling on its ...

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How Midwest Food Bank Partnerships Are Making a Difference

FLORIDA MFB Florida and Family Health Centers Support LaBelle's Farmworkers In LaBelle, Florida, extensive fields serve as the workplace for a dedicated community of farmworkers who play a crucial role in supplying our tables with fresh produce. These workers face demanding conditions, including lengthy workdays and unstable job prospects, yet thei...

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Prayer meetings an encouragement at MFB Pennsylvania

Two years ago, Midwest Food Bank Pennsylvania initiated a prayer meeting, inviting staff and volunteers to unite in prayer for our agency partners working directly with those in need. This gathering unexpectedly evolved into a valuable time of connection and sharing, leading to establishing quarterly morning prayer meetings. The get-togethers usual...

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New team members join Midwest Food Bank

ARIZONA Welcoming Darryl Bess to the MFB Arizona team Midwest Food Bank Arizona is pleased to announce the hiring of Darryl Bess as Community Relations and Volunteer Manager. Darryl started this week in this new role and will help bolster our volunteer base and develop a strategy for community engagement. Darryl is a dedicated individual with a bac...

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Volunteers from all walks of life at Midwest Food Bank

ARIZONA Deb Taggart is Embracing a New Chapter at MFB Arizona Retiring from a job can be a significant change. Deb Taggart knows this well. After working for 30 years in Quality Control at Intel, identifying defects and solving problems in production, she started a new chapter. Instead of just relaxing, she chose to keep busy and help others. Deb j...

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MFB receives feedback from Core Volunteers

Central to Midwest Food Bank's success are its core volunteers, who are dedicated to our mission. By filling roles that would typically be paid staff, they allow more resources to go toward feeding the hungry. Each January, MFB conducts a Listening Survey to tap into the thoughts and ideas of these essential individuals. This year, nearly 200 volun...

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Understanding Food Labeling: Important Information for Our Nonprofit Partner Agencies

Have you ever felt confused trying to understand the labels on your food like "Low fat," "Organic," or "Lite"? You're not the only one! At Midwest Food Bank, we believe in "Embracing Our Communities." Part of this commitment is helping everyone make sense of those tricky food labels. Here are some essential insights into understanding various food ...

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Midwest Food Bank Texas Strengthens Advisory Board

At Midwest Food Bank Texas, we're committed to enhancing our services. That's why we're excited to announce a new addition to our advisory board, Mark Steffen, a seasoned financial executive with extensive experience in construction and insurance. Mark has been instrumental in growth and strategy as the Chief Financial Officer at Core Construction ...

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Inspiring Volunteers Fuel Midwest Food Bank's Mission

FLORIDA Passing the volunteer torch Devoted volunteer Maxine Schneider has made an indelible mark on the Midwest Food Bank in Florida, particularly in fundraising. Her commitment has been unwavering, with a spotlight on her invaluable role in our annual Winter Harvest Dinner and Auction. As life progresses, Maxine has decided to take a step back. T...

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MFB's Inspiring Nonprofits Making a Difference

GEORGIA Demonstrating God's Compassion and Mercy WELCOME Food Pantry, Inc. is a beacon of hope serving low-income citizens in their time of need. This nonprofit organization is located in Millbrook, AL, and has been a crucial partner in Midwest Food Bank Georgia's remote distribution efforts. "Welcome Food Pantry is a recent addition to our new rem...

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MFB Haiti helping a new malnourished population

Haiti lurches deeper into crisis with no improvement in security, and the flow of food, fuel, and humanitarian aid is hampered at every turn. A silent, disheartening, and largely faceless new suffering is now emerging. Haiti's prisons are renowned for their brutality and overcrowding. Men and women often languish for years befor...

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Sun Valley Community Church and MFB Arizona stand side by side

Side by side is how Sun Valley Community Church and Midwest Food Bank Arizona work. The partnership started when Sun Valley was much smaller, and church leaders had initial conversations with MFB about volunteer opportunities. Those conversations have turned into a partnership that is constantly growing and evolving. "The church appreciat...

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MFB Community and Business Support: February 2024

MORTON Faculty Team-Builds through Service We were blessed to have the Metamora Grade School faculty volunteer at our warehouse. After their holiday break, the teachers and staff came together for a team-building day before the students returned to school. Filled with enthusiasm, staff members took shifts throughout the day to serve their community...

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Six Facts that Differentiate MFB's Food Rescue and Distribution

According to the USDA, 12.8% of households in the United States were food-insecure at some point during 2022. This issue exists alongside another concerning statistic: about 30-40% of food produced in the United States goes to waste. Midwest Food Bank (MFB) has pioneered a unique food rescue model to address these critical issues. Here are six key ...

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