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Volunteer finds camaraderie at MFB Morton

A common desire to serve and a sense of togetherness are a few of the reasons people volunteer at Midwest Food Bank. David Joos agrees. He helps lead other volunteers at the MFB Morton location on "Fun Fridays" – a time designated for volunteers to work on projects. Those projects may be re-packaging cookies or assembling boxes for disaster re...
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Mary Hohulin, MFB Florida volunteer, brings enthusiasm to help others

"Sure, I can do that." Mary Hohulin has never let a desire to stay in her comfort zone stand in the way of her career, volunteer pursuits, and challenging activities. And, fortunately … so far, so good. Mary has been volunteering up to forty hours a week for Midwest Food Bank Florida. She serves as a bookkeeper, keeping tra...
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Midwest Food Bank Africa receives generous donation from Brookside Dairy

Recently Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa) received a generous donation of over 2,500 cups of yogurt from Kenyan-based donors Brookside Dairy. The donation came during a perilous time when millions in East Africa are facing poverty and starvation, unlike anything they have known before. Kapu Africa delivered Brookside Dairy...
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Hurricane Laura creates more instability for Haiti

Before Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana, it had already proved to be deadly in Haiti. Laura tore through Haiti on August 23, killing at least 21 people, and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people. Many local farmers' crops were destroyed, crippling an already fragile food supply. A Jacmal plantain plantation planning a...
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Food Bank vs. Food Pantry: What's the difference?

When visitors come to Midwest Food Bank for the first time they are often surprised by the size of our warehouses and the amount of food on our shelves. They aren't expecting forklifts, pallets, and semi-trucks. That's when the conversation turns to the difference between a food bank and a food pantry. Food banks – Midwest Food Bank, like other foo...
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Kapu Africa receives thank you letter from Hope Community School

Here is a moving letter of gratitude Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa) received rom Andrew and Ruth Ouma of Hope Community School: Kibera, the largest informal settlement in Africa is home to over 1.5 million people who are now staring at death due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the slum dwellers live from hand to mouth – the...
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MFB receiving thanks for COVID Disaster Relief

Midwest Food Bank has been shipping Disaster Relief all over the US since March (stories here and here). Family food boxes have have been helping people affected by business closures and layoffs. Volunteers have been assembling, filling, and driving food boxes every week. The Tender Mercies packing machine has been running non-stop, setting new pro...
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MFB Haiti Update: Summer 2020

In these troubling times, driven largely by COVID-19, Midwest Food Bank Haiti is humbled by and grateful for our Haitian partners. They deliver MFB's Tender Mercies meals to the vulnerable and malnourished at the margins of Haiti society. Through July of this year our partners have delivered nearly 1.1 million Tender Mercies meals throughout H...
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MFB Texas summer 2020 update

Midwest Food Bank Texas has been providing relief to families suffering from food insecurity. The number of those families has increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  With our participation in the USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box program (story here), we have increased our distributions. MFB Texas is now working Monday through Friday ...
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MFB Indiana blessed with extra space

The COVID crisis has created an increase in amount of food needed by our partner agencies. MFB Indiana has been able to provide this additional food with the help of generous donors and dedicated volunteers. This additional distribution has taxed our already tight operation. After learning of our need for space, long-time Midwest Food Bank supporte...
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Virtual Kind Harvest a success and inspiration

With a bit of creativity, the third annual Kind Harvest fundraising event will be remembered for years to come. Due to COVID-19, our shared table event was virtual this year.  "The need has grown, so must the Harvest," was the theme for he night. Fanchon Stinger of Fox59 gave everyone a warm welcome. Participants enjoyed a hand-crafted ch...
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MFB Indiana thankful for Pack the Pantries event

Pack the Pantries 2020 provided MFB Indiana a backdrop to tell the work being done in our community. It also gives people an opportunity to participate in a combined effort to alleviate hunger.  Started by Mayor Greg Ballard 10 years ago, Pack the Pantries is a great example of a community uniting for a common goal. Held on July 1, the event r...
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Young girls bring help and hope to MFB Peoria

We are so encouraged when we see young people involved in charitable work. It gives hope for the future. Recently, a group of girls aged 7-11 brainstormed a way to help people affected by COVID-19. With their parents permission, the girls made jewelry and sell it in their Morton, Illinois, neighborhood. Their parents helped them investigate and loc...
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Bob Gilmore and CEFCU make generous donations to MFB Peoria

It's hard to adequately thank the generosity of a couple recent donations to Midwest Food Bank Peoria. So, simply put, MFB thanks Bob Gilmore and the Gilmore Foundation and CEFCU.  Bob Gilmore and the Gilmore Foundation donated $1 million to five local non-profit organizations to celebrate Bob's 100th birthday. MFB Peoria received $3...
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MFB Pennsylvania holds inaugural food distribution

Midwest Food Bank Pennsylvania introduced itself to the community and volunteers with their first food distribution beginning Saturday, June 20, 2020. During the two-day event the verse from I Peter 4:10 came to life - "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." Sum...
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MFB Pennsylvania Executive Director named

Please help us welcome Lori Renne, the Executive Director for Midwest Food Bank, Pennsylvania. Lori was born and raised in central Pennsylvania and is the youngest of eight children. "We lived in a small house yet my parents instilled in us that there was always enough food and a seat at our table for anyone who needed it," says Lori. Before c...
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MFB Georgia breaking ground on new freezer and cooler

A HUGE "Thank you!" to all those who have contributed to our Impacting our Community Campaign. Phase I of this project is 90% funded. After much prayer and thoughtful consideration, we have decided to break ground and begin construction of Phase I, the large capacity Freezer and Refrigerator. With the challenges of the COVID-19 pande...
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Midwest Food Bank's unique Disaster Relief year

Typically, in July and August, Midwest Food Bank is preparing for the Disaster Relief we will provide during hurricane season. 2020 has been anything but typical. Much of our effort since March has been focused on Disaster Relief. The COVID-19 crisis has placed many people in a position of food insecurity. Thanks to your support, we have been ...
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Kapu Africa partner reaching a forgotten group

The Disabled Empowerment Society of Kenya (DIESK) has been reaching out to families of disabled people in Nairobi. Food insecurity is severe for those too disabled to work. The COVID pandemic has exacerbated the situation. DIESK carefully maps out households most at risk. Tender Mercies meals donated by Kapu Africa are given to these families. In a...
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Kapu Africa meals being served with the gospel of Jesus

 Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa) was encouraged recently when a "thank you" letter arrived from an organization that rescues and rehabilitates children, youth and families living on the streets in Nairobi, Kenya. "As we distribute the food we have been evangelizing to the street families whenever we get the opportunity, and a numbe...
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