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2018 Volunteers of the Year

Deb Amdor and Karen Cushing are familiar faces at Midwest Food Bank Bloomington-Normal. Out of the thousands of volunteers, they are being recognized as our 2018 Volunteers of the Year, for going above and beyond in giving of their time and talent.  Deb has an unrelenting dedication to data entry and took on the very big job of entering the vo...

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Celebrating our partnership with State Farm

State Farm employees took part in  an energetic celebration on December 20, 2018. Set to highlight the incredible impact the organization's employees have on their communities, the State Farm Holiday Celebration of Good was live-streamed to locations across the United States, including Offices in Arizona, Georgia and Texas....

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It's a Win-Win

Midwest Food Bank has a mutually beneficial relationship with so many of our volunteers. They often tell us how good they feel when volunteering. And of course, MFB gets the benefit of the volunteers' help in so many ways. With the help of volunteers, MFB is able to use over 99¢ for every dollar donated on those in need. Two groups have been o...

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Hurricane Florence Relief

Midwest Food Bank is actively involved in Hurricane Florence relief. We will be posting updates and volunteer opportunities here. We appreciate your interest and your involvement.  To learn more and/or to donate visit: Thank you!  

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Shopping at Amazon can benefit MFB

Amazon Smile is a program that directs 0.5% of the price of your purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. It's the same Amazon - same prices, same service. You are simply telling Amazon where you would like their chartable donations to go. When you sign up, you will be asked which charity you would like Amazon to support. In the sea...

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ISU President Dietz and cabinet visit MFB

 "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...

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A great group of kids

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...

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Prepared for the job

​When our current facility was purchased and renovated, two 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 ...

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A Beautiful Day for a Ride

 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, ...

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Golfers Tee Up to Raise Funds

Friday, June 15, 2018, greeted us with radiant sunshine for the third annual Midwest Food Bank Golf Outing. Though it was a hot day, the LORD blessed us with a breeze, sunscreen, and many smiles - a great reminder of how fortunate we are. Golfers began registering at 11 am and received a delicious lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A. After we prayed over...

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Bloomington Volunteers of the Year

Congratulations to the Bloomington Volunteers of the Year Janice Wheatley, Parker Lawlis, and Roy Hanks have gone above and beyond in the donation of time and talents in their support of Midwest Food Bank. Janice works every day during loadout and also is an active Lead Volunteer working with the many groups that label and repackage food and build ...

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Midwest Food Bank Assists Victims of Storm in Washington, IL

Midwest Food Bank has delivered one truck load of food and drink to Washington, IL and is standing by for further requests. "After being in Washington yesterday and seeing the devastation, I knew MFB should be there. Thankfully, MFB Peoria was already loading a truck to send to Washington. Right now we want to give The Salvation Army and Red Cross ...

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Bloomington-based Midwest Food Bank is assisting people whose homes have been damaged because of recent flooding in South Carolina. Midwest Food Bank has been asked by The Salvation Army to provide water and family food boxes for people affected by the flooding. The first semitrailer load of 800 boxes left Bloomington Thursday for Ridgeland, S.C., ...

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Bloomington-based Midwest Food Bank is assisting people whose homes have been damaged because of recent tornadoes in Texas. Midwest Food Bank has been asked by The Salvation Army to provide bottled drinks and family food boxes for people affected by the tornadoes. The first semitrailer load of 800 boxes will leave the Peoria warehouse Saturday for ...

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Bloomington division growth by the numbers

2015 was a year of growth at Bloomington. Food donations reached 23 million pounds, a 1.5 million pound increase over 2014. This increase helped us serve more of those in need. 47,000 more cases of food (or 26 semi loads) were delivered in 2015 than in the previous year. New distribution offices in Fairfield and Morton enabled us to increase the nu...

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Give Thanks 2015

Blustery weather didn't stop over 100 volunteers from helping families have a Thanksgiving meal. Midwest Food Bank partnered with Home Sweet Home to provide meals to over 1,875 local families in Give Thanks 2015. Complete thanksgiving meals (turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie, etc.) were boxed and distributed to low-income families a few da...

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Helping provide clean water for Flint, MI

 We are doing what we can to help the residents of Flint, MI, deal with a water crisis. A full semi load of water left Bloomington Monday, January 25. Included were individual bottles, gallon and 2½ gallon containers of water. The water was delivered to Indianapolis, IN, where TV station Fox 59 is coordinating a water drive. MFB is providing t...

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May a record month for volunteers

April showers bring May … volunteers! Midwest Food Bank Bloomington was showered with blessings in May. Our warehouse was filled to overflowing with food donations, causing a need for extra volunteers. We put out a call on Facebook and through email. And boy, did we get an answer! A record 762 volunteers donated their time at MFB in May! This produ...

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State Farm is now matching gifts

On July 1, State Farm began a Matching Gift Program for non-profit organizations. Employees, agents and retirees can request matches up to $1,500 in a calendar year. Contributions must be a minimum of $25 to be eligible for a match. For 2016, matches can be made retroactively from January 1, 2016. For more information, there is a link on the State ...

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MFB sends aid to West Virginia

On Thursday, June 23, in West Virginia, 9 inches of rain fell in 6 to 8 hours, resulting in devastating floods. 26 people were killed, and over 1,200 homes were damaged or destroyed. Midwest Food Bank, a Salvation Army First Responder, was called on to provide aid. 5 semi loads of disaster relief boxes and bottled water have been sent from MFB's Bl...

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