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MFB Arizona volunteer says, "Come and see."

At Midwest Food Bank, we often say our volunteers are the "secret sauce." That's why we like to tell you about these special people. Brandon Letner is one of them. Brandon volunteers at MFB Arizona as a semi-truck driver. He started volunteering in 2018 and is also currently leading the Holiday Turkey Challenge Food Drive.  Mile...

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Met some of the MFB Haiti advisory board

Board members are one of the many volunteer roles at Midwest Food Bank. Board members share their time, hearts, and expertise. MFB Haiti would like to introduce three people that have joined their board recently. Katie Magwire - Katie went on a mission trip to Haiti in 2018 and witnessed not only the poverty but the joy that Haitian people have for...

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Students with a heart to help MFB Haiti

A news story, an internet search, and an email led to a donation to Midwest Food Bank Haiti. When Evelyn Veliz saw the news story about the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti in August, she wanted to help. But how? As a medical student at Southern Illinois University, she knew medical supplies would be needed as well as food. Evelyn found Midwest Fo...

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MFB Texas volunteer can fill many roles

Volunteer Synethia Walker is comfortable in the kitchen cooking for other volunteers or driving a forklift in the warehouse. Her willingness to do whatever is needed is appreciated by Midwest Food Bank Texas. "When she volunteers at MFB she makes sure we all have a wonderful meal for lunch and she is an amazing cook," says Rhonda Revels, Commu...

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Progress at MFB New England

MFB New England has been a blur of activity as we continue to get up and running. The past four weeks of activity have transformed our facility into a food bank. After significant electrical work to prepare for our indoor cold storage, three 40 ft sea containers were maneuvered into place with only a few inches of clearance. One will be used a...

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MFB New England holds its first distribution

There was joy in the air at the first MFB New England food distribution (load-out) on Tuesday, November 16. After the time spent securing and preparing the facility, it was a blessing to be giving the food to agency partners.  At 8 a.m., Executive Director Jan Young welcomed the group, and operations Manager Brent Carl explained the proce...

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MFB New England volunteer spreading the love of Jesus

Erin Joy Graziani always said when she retired she would like to do mission work, spreading the love of Jesus Christ and helping others. She received an email in December of 2020 from a board member for Midwest Food Bank, New England, fitting that description. For 34 years Erin was the Senior Center Director for the town of Ellington. In 2020 she f...

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Putting a face on food insecurity

As Midwest Food Bank grows in size, we also want to grow in understanding. Understanding the stories of our food recipients helps us fulfill our mission. With every food recipient we meet, we grow in compassion and humility.  We appreciate their willingness to partner with us and are honored to learn their stories and share them with you. We w...

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MFB Bloomington-Normal welcomes a new employee

Rolland "Rollie" Reed isn't new to Midwest Food Bank, but he is taking on a new role. He will serve as the Warehouse Manager for the Bloomington-Normal location, beginning December 6. In 2010 Rollie came to MFB after 20 years working in warehousing and logistics. He was looking for a change when a job opened at MFB Peoria. He was the Warehouse Mana...

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New Volunteer Coordinator at MFB Bloomington-Normal

Donna Haas knows God answers prayer. She also knows the answer can be through a text message. After a sleepless night, Donna was praying and reading scripture seeking God's purpose in her life. "I asked Him to please open the door if there was a better way to serve Him," says Donna. "Within eight hours, I got a text from my sister - ...

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2020 food insecurity numbers

Most US households are "food secure," meaning they have consistent access to enough food for healthy, active living. However, some households lack access to adequate food due to a lack of money or other resources. These homes are called "food insecure." Midwest Food Bank turns to the US Department of Agriculture's annual report on household fo...

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MFB employees participate in Leadership Development Program

As a faith-based organization, it is the mission of the Midwest Food Bank to share the love of Christ by alleviating hunger ad malnutrition locally and throughout the world and providing disaster relief; all without discrimination. MFB is about people.   Food Recipients - We work to put food into the hands of the food insecure.&...

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MFB East Africa event has roots in North Carolina

It seems unlikely that a church based in North Carolina would have something to do with a Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa) volunteer event. Yet it happened during Elevation Church's outreach, "Love Week." Elevation Church in Matthews, NC, Has members who watch services from around the world. Their "Love Week" is a concerted eff...

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New nonprofit leadership intern at MFB Arizona

Abby Anderson is taking what she is learning in the classroom at Arizona State University and putting it into practice at Midwest Food Bank Arizona. She is currently finishing her degree at ASU in nonprofit leadership and management. Abby has joined MFB as a full-time volunteer intern. "I wanted to serve at Midwest Food Bank because I bel...

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Fun and fundraising at MFB Arizona Golf Classic

Two courses, 165 golfers, and plenty of sunshine made the 2nd Annual Golf Classic a success for Midwest Food Bank Arizona. The mid-September event was held at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix, which features two courses - The Links and The Adobe. Golfers had a chance to compete against a junior league golfer and two pro golfers.&...

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MFB Georgia hires new Executive DIrector

Midwest Food Bank Georgia is pleased to announce the hiring of Pat Burke as Executive Director. Pat's first day will be Monday, October 4. Pat has over 30 years of corporate leadership experience, most recently serving as the Group President for the Clearwater Paper Corporation. His other employers include PepsiCo, Quaker Oats, and General Mil...

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MFB Texas partner agency changing lives

Changing lives, restoring hope, sharing God's love - that is the mission of the Community Enrichment Center (CEC) in North Richlands Hills. Midwest Food Bank Texas is privileged to be a part of the CEC mission by providing food, free of charge, that is used in their food pantry. "The food that Midwest Food Bank provides always adds to the over...

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MFB Texas hires new Community Development Coordinator

Rhonda Revels has joined the staff at Midwest Food Bank Texas as Community Development Coordinator. Her previous experience in customer service, sales, and marketing will help MFB grow community partnerships and a volunteer base. "Rhonda's background makes her a perfect fit for Midwest Food Bank," says David Emerson, Executive Director of ...

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MFB Pennsylvania hires new Executive Director

It started with an invitation to visit MFB Pennsylvania. It ended in the hiring of a new Executive Director. Kathy Anderson-Martin will join the MFB Pennsylvania team as the Executive Director, effective Oct. 18. At her first visit, Kathy was impressed with MFB's mission and stewardship of resources. As someone who had distributed food to thos...

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MFB Georgia satellite distribution in Tennessee celebrates 4 years

In an effort to reach more people, Midwest Food Bank holds satellite distributions where there is not an MFB warehouse. Sometimes these locations are even in other states. August 2021 marked the fourth anniversary of the MFB Georgia satellite distribution in Morristown, TN.  When this distribution began four years ago, nine agencies ...

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