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MFB 2021: A Mid-Year Review

Reflecting on the first half of 2021, Midwest Food Bank is thankful for the Lord's blessings as we continue to grow and serve from our 12 locations across the US, Kenya, and Haiti. Our generous donors and dedicated volunteer family encourage and support us in the fight against food insecurity. Some of the progress made this year includes the follow...

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MFB shares the love of Christ in multiple ways

As a faith-based organization, it is the mission of Midwest Food Bank to share the love of Christ by alleviating hunger and malnutrition locally and throughout the world and providing disaster relief; all without discrimination.  -Mission statement of Midwest Food Bank Our mission of sharing the love of Christ is accomplished primarily th...

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Bradley loves MFB Hope Packs

Bradley Schwab is a 6th grader at Sterling Middle School. He was born with dwarfism, a unique medical condition that results in short stature. Despite his size, Bradley is a towering presence in the hearts of many people. He is the life of his classroom and a joy to his teachers. Like many other students at Sterling Middle Schoo...

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New Community Relations intern at MFB Florida

Internships offer college students a way to gain experience while learning. They also provide MFB a consistent, dedicated volunteer presence. At MFB Florida, we're happy to welcome Melissa Kessler to a Community Relations internship. Melissa is a Junior at Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in Communication with a focus in Public Relations...

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MFB Florida supports local veteran relief agencies

Following a medical discharge from the US Marine Corps, Thomas found himself facing many difficult challenges. He relied on local veteran support agencies like Hearts and Homes for Veterans to get back on his feet.  Thomas became a volunteer and then a full-time employee at Hearts and Homes. He is dedicated to giving back to community mem...

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Safe environments for MFB volunteers and partners

Sharing the love of Christ by alleviating hunger is core to the mission of Midwest Food Bank. "Serving Those in Need" is the first of our values. Care for our food recipients is at the core of everything we do. This same loving care extends to our volunteers, our nonprofit partners, and our staff. Providing a safe environment is one of the ways Mid...

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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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MFB sends Disaster Relief to Texas

 Every county in Texas was under a state of emergency following a rare winter storm in mid-February. The heavy snow, ice, and bitterly cold temperatures caused widespread damage as water pipes froze in many locations. Millions were left without power for several days. Midwest Food Bank was ready to respond when partner The Salvation Army reque...

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FGCU intern brings passion to MFB Florida

MFB Florida welcomes a new intern, Michelle Mendoza. A senior at FGCU, Michelle is majoring in Communications with a concentration in public relations. Michelle is interning at Midwest Food Bank as a means of getting experience in the nonprofit world. She has a particular interest in the structure and operations of nonprofits. Michelle is glad...

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Sponsors, volunteers make the MFB Florida fundraiser a success

Like many other businesses and nonprofits, the Covid pandemic brought MFB Florida into uncharted waters. We needed to adapt our annual fundraising efforts to a hybrid model that ensured safety and success for all. Our two-part effort consisted of a 3-day Virtual Auction with over 80 unique items to suit all budgets and interests. There wa...

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Rotary donation benefits MFB Florida

A donation from some area Rotary clubs will help reduce monthly costs at Midwest Food Bank Florida. The Rotary Club of Ft. Myers, the Sunrise Rotary Club, and Rotary District 6960 donated $12,989 to MFB recently.  The donation was used to replace a refrigeration unit on a trailer. This improvement ensures we keep the food fresh as we...

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MFB Florida partners to distribute holiday meals

 Partnership was the key in getting food boxes, chickens, and hams ready to give to people in need during the holidays at Midwest Food Bank Florida. The First Assembly Cornerstone in Ft. Myers along with Toys for Tots, several businesses, and members of local Rotary clubs all played a part in making the holidays brighter for people served...

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FGCU interns a big help to MFB Florida

Midwest Food Bank Florida, welcomes two interns from Florida Gulf Coast University - Brianna Hamilton and Austin Bonsanto. These two college students are both majoring in communications with an emphasis on public relations. MFB Florida will use their skills to assist with fundraising, social media, grant research, and media relations.&nbs...

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MFB opens a new location in Connecticut

 As the pandemic continues, more people are learning about food insecurity and understanding what existed before COVID-19 and how more families now need assistance. A group of people in Connecticut are not just learning. They are taking action. Their willingness to serve is the reason Midwest Food Bank announced the opening of a...

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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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MFB Florida hosts Volunteer Lunch

Over 99ยข of each dollar donated goes toward our programs and services. How are we able to do that? Volunteers! Our dedicated volunteers do everything - answering phones, packing and distributing food, driving forklifts and semis, and so much more. Due to pandemic safety protocols, our volunteers have been stretched thin this year. To thank them, MF...

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8 ideas from MFB to enhance your Holiday season

As we near the end of 2020 it's hard to know what holidays will look like this year. The large family gatherings or church traditions may be different but one thing stays the same - the desire to bring meaning to Christmas by helping those around us. We thought it would be helpful to provide some ideas (links below) on how to give and experience ho...

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