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Bottled water donation

As  valley temperatures start to flirt with triple digits, State Farm employees at the company's Marina Heights campus in Tempe, AZ just completed a hydration drive. The drive tripled its goal and garnered 160,000 bottles of water to donate to Midwest Food Bank Arizona. In order to be distributed the cases of water needed to be palletized. Ent...
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Arizona Tax Credit Grant

At Midwest Food Bank Arizona, we promote the Arizona Tax Credit as a benefit to donors. Arizona allows taxpayers the choice of giving tax payments to non-profit organizations rather than the state. Your charitable donations can have the dramatic effect of reducing your tax bill. (More details here. ) Believing that this is an amazing benefit to Ari...
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New Satellite Distribution

Satellite distributions allow Midwest Food Bank to share the blessings with non-profit feeding programs not close to us. Until now, Tucson was the only one satellite distribution for MFB Arizona.  May 2, 2019 was the first pick-up for distribution in Flagstaff, AZ. MFB Arizona has been working with the Flagstaff Family Food Center an...
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Heroes to the Homeless

Midwest Food Bank Arizona was one of three charitable organizations highlighted at the recent Arizona Multihousing Association event at the Phoenix Convention Center. Kowalski Construction invited us to join them at their booth and highlight food insecurity. The theme of the event was "The Hero in You." Visitors to the Kowalski Construction di...
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Kieser family wins Distinguished Service Award

The family of Midwest Food Bank founder and president, David Kieser, was honored at the McLean County Republican Party Lincoln Reagan Dinner. Held Friday, May 17, the dinner included a presentation by  White House Chef Martin Mongiello, and a silent auction.  Chosen from among eight other nominees, the David Kieser family was one of ...
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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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Share Partners offer unique blessings to MFB

Midwest Food Bank donors come in all shapes and sizes (and amounts!). We appreciate the heart each one has for those struggling with food insecurity. Donated funds, great and small, are treated with respect and what we hope is good stewardship. ​ There is a unique subset of donors we'd like to take a moment to highlight. These are generous folks wh...
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Huge volunteer group spreads hope

At Midwest Food Bank Arizona, we are grateful for our ongoing partnership with Sun Valley Community Church members. In February, two campuses of SVCC each brought 100 volunteers to work at MFB. When combined with our 50 regular volunteers, 250 people worked together for two hours, repackaging cereal and assembling snack packs for Hope Fest. Hope Fe...
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Spreading the story

  In February, Midwest Food Bank Arizona participated in the Arizona Trucking Association golf tournament at the historic Wigwam golf resort in Litchfield Park. We spent the day on the first tee, greeting participants and telling them about our mission. With over 100 golfers from all areas of the trucking industry, our "Rejected Loads" program...
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Oasis for our drivers

​ We appreciate the many truck drivers that make their way through our facility. Whether they are volunteer drivers or professionals bringing in a donated load, we want them to know they are valued. In February, Midwest Food Bank Arizona debuted its drivers lounge. What was an unused office space with a beautiful shower (installed by the previous o...
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Board meeting focused on Head & Heart

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety." -Proverbs 13:14​​ Midwest Food Bank's National Board met for an annual strategy session in February. The gathering of the nine board members was a time to reflect on the MFB mission and faithfully look forward to the future. Humbled by the growth in the ...
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Scouts bless MFB Arizona

This January, Boy Scouts from Mesa Troop 653 out of Central Christian Church descended upon Midwest Food Bank Arizona. Led by Eagle Scout candidate David Decker, the team gave our parking and dock areas some much needed upgrades. Over multiple days, two designated loading zones for agency pick-ups and dock guide lines for both docks were ...
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California wildfire relief continues

The 2018 California wildfires have dropped out of the public eye, but they are still daily news at Midwest Food Bank Arizona. We are preparing the send our 5 th  semi-load of supplies from our Gilbert, AZ location.  In addition, we were able to facilitate a truckload of supplies directly from a donor to our Salvation Army partne...
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Snowbird season

How do Arizonians know that winter has come? First, the nation's interest in our ability to fry an egg on the sidewalk severely diminishes. And second, our winter residents from the Midwest complete their migration to the Grand Canyon State.  When our Midwesterners return to the Southwest we all get excited. During the winter months we ad...
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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: https://midwestfoodbank.org/hurricane-florence-relief Thank you!  
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Monsoon Disaster Relief

During the evening on August 2, a powerful monsoon storm swept through the Phoenix area. The hardest hit area was just southwest of Phoenix in Rainbow Valley. Fierce winds and rain destroyed at least 15 homes and damaged many others. When the news hit, Midwest Food Bank immediately reached out to the on-site support team with the American Red Cross...
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Unexpected Blessings

So often it is the unexpected that is the greatest blessing. On June 28, Midwest Food Bank Arizona held its first off-site packing activity at the Desert Financial corporate offices in Tempe, AZ. Just 2 ½ weeks earlier a representative of Desert Financial was passing by MFB in Arizona and stopped in to see if we could fill the event gap left by ano...
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Welcome Patrick to the Team

In June, Midwest Food Bank welcomed Patrick Hodgkinsas the new Executive Director of the Arizona location. His background includes operations management rolesfor a variety of industries and in pastoral and Christian camping roles. Most recently, Patrick was the regional manager of Feed My Starving Children. While there, he increased their internati...
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How Else Can They Learn?

One generation shall praise thy works to another -Psalm 145:4 It's a wonderful thing to see the joy of giving come alive in the eyes of children. We are blessed to be able to provide that learning experience at Midwest Food Bank. Many tasks in a warehouse setting are unsuitable for youngsters. Forklifts aren't usually driven by children. But there ...
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Glorious Saturdays

Want to give back to the community but find it hard to schedule that time in this fast-paced world? Then Midwest Food Bank's Glorious Saturdays are just what you need. Every Saturday, MFB offers volunteer opportunities for all ages and abilities. Walk-in with no appointment anytime from 9 a.m. to noon. We'll have something you can do to help others...
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