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Donor Advised Funds (DAF) a way to partner with MFB

Midwest Food Bank values our donors and we steward every gift with integrity. We frequently receive questions about various ways to give to MFB and one mechanism - Donor-Advised Funds - is a way donors have partnered with MFB to achieve their giving goals and benefit our mission. A Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) is a type of giving program that allows yo...

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Kapu Africa supports Vote Jesus ministry

One of our newer nonprofit partnerships is with Vote Jesus (Jesus is the Answer - World Outreach Ministries). Helping the families of the differently abled is the main focus of Vote Jesus. These disabilities include cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and amputations. They also support a population of neglected elderly people. Vote Jesus is a ...

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5 ways to celebrate your birthday with MFB

Young and old, child and adult, we all love celebrating a birthday! At Midwest Food Bank, we enjoy celebrating with you. Here are 5 ways we equip you to celebrate your own birthday or someone else's: 1. Tribute Gift: When you donate online, you can make your gift a tribute to celebrate a birthday. Midwest Food Bank will send a card to the person yo...

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Share Partner appreciates the passion of MFB volunteers and employees

The passion of the Midwest Food Bank employees and volunteers is contagious. Just ask Jan Murphy, a Midwest Food Bank Share Partner (a donor offering a regularly scheduled contribution). She is the former Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. In 2018, ISU President, Larry Dietz, encour...

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MFB earns Charity Navigator 4-Star ranking for ninth consecutive year

Midwest Food Bank has again received a coveted four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation's top charity evaluator. MFB has received this recognition every year since 2011. Only 4% of charities are given a four-star rating for nine consecutive years. The rating is based on MFB's demonstration of robust financial health a...

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Kapu Africa (MFB East Africa) blessed to partner with The Desirable Place

For street children in East Africa, there is somewhere to go. It's called The Desirable Place, an organization that is tackling the many obstacles these children face. When The Desirable Place started in 2018 they wanted to feed street children with food and the Gospel. They learned that feeding them was just the beginning. These children lack shel...

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Kapu Africa (MFB East Africa) partner showing Love In Deed

"He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor." 1 Samuel 2:8 "God, my life is very hard," Joseph prayed, "but I know you have a future for me." The circumstances in young Joseph Njuguna's life were harsh. Living on the streets to escape an abu...

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Share Partner Profile: Small gifts can have a big impact

At Midwest Food Bank, Share Partners make a continual positive impact. They donate a set amount on a regular schedule - weekly, monthly, or quarterly. If you think our Share Partners are all wealthy retirees giving huge amounts, we'd like to introduce you to Allysha. Allysha Nordyke lives in Los Angeles, CA, and works for the government. She i...

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The CARES Act tax break benefits MFB and our donors

While the impact of the Coronavirus Relief bill of March 2020 had far-reaching effects, there is a lesser-known benefit in the bill. It's a benefit that helps charitable givers AND charities $300 Charitable Giving Deduction Taxpayers who don't itemize their deductions (that's most of us) can take advantage of a special $300 tax deduction. In t...

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Kapu Africa partner helping the differently-abled

Differently-abled children (those with special needs and disabilities) face great hardship in the Kibera slum of Nairobi. They are often left at home while parents struggle to find daily work. Kapu Africa is blessed to partner with a nonprofit agency that includes the differently-abled in their ministry. We give them Tender Mercies, our nutritious ...

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Midwest Food Bank shares a vision with the World Food Programme

Midwest Food Bank congratulates the World Food Programme for receiving the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. We are thankful for the efforts of the WFP and fully agree that their impact is worthy of this world-class recognition. WFP is a leading humanitarian organization and addresses hunger and promotes food security worldwide. In 2019, WFP provided assista...

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MFB celebrates World Food Day 2020

Today, October 16, is World Food Day. It's an internationally recognized day in honor of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. It's celebrated by organizations concerned with food insecurity. World Food Day meshes well with of mission of alleviating hunger. This year's theme, "Grow, Nourish, Sustain. T...

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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 from 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 – th...

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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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Donating non-cash items to Midwest Food Bank

Midwest Food Bank is able to alleviate hunger for those in need due to the generous support received in the form of food donations, volunteer hours and dollar contributions. These are the key inputs to the MFB Business Model.  Some of our donors have given non-cash items to MFB. These include cars, stocks, real estate, collectibles, grain...

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The difference between hunger and food insecurity

Every industry has a "language" and food banks are no different. At Midwest Food Bank we use words like "hunger" and "food insecurity" on a regular basis. But, what do those words really mean? Hunger – This is a physical condition that is caused by a lack of food. Food Insecurity – The USDA defines this as the "lack of consistent access to enough f...

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Meet the people behind the opening of MFB Pennsylvania

 A box of cereal and a smile left a lasting impression on a 7-year-old boy in New York. Fast forward to 2020 and that boy is now a man in his early 40s and Jason Serrano can recount that event with clarity. "I know that smile was because she was doing God's work," Jason says about how the woman from a church down the street came to his ho...

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Midwest Food Bank announces a new location in Pennsylvania

Midwest Food Bank will open a new location in the Hershey, Pennsylvania, area, MFB President and CEO David Kieser announced today. Jason and Aleta Serrano of New York are leading a team of organizers to expand MFB's impact. They are currently seeking a facility to lease for the new division. "In Pennsylvania, 1 in 8 households are food insecure, an...

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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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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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