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New MFB Marketing Director experiences God's timing

How Melanie Tennell became the new Marketing Director at MFB is a "God story." She felt a little unsettled in her previous position at Pekin Insurance when her former boss Jackie reached out to her. Jackie connected Melanie with her acquaintance, Jada Hoerr, MFB Chief Resource Officer. "God's timing prevails," says Melanie. "Every. Single. Tim...

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MFB Morton volunteer finds driving a 'good fit'

"I have never in my life wondered where my next meal will come from," says Daniel. "MFB is making that a reality for others who aren't as fortunate." While Daniel has done some shorter local runs, most of his driving is longer hauls teamed with other drivers. He has completed several Disaster Relief runs to Florida and has made the Thanksgiving tri...

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MFB Morton 2022 volunteer numbers

MFB Morton volunteers showed up big time in 2022. Have a look at the numbers: "Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization," says Lisa Martin, Executive Director of MFB Morton. "We could not do this amount of work and reach so many people without the many hours they spend in the Morton warehouse." The volunteer impact reaches far and wide...

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MFB welcomes two new national board members

Have you ever wondered what a nonprofit board does? Like all nonprofits, Midwest Food Bank is governed by a board of Directors. These twelve volunteers provide strategic and financial oversight for the organization. Additionally, each of the twelve MFB locations has an advisory board. While the employees lead the daily operations, the board pl...

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MFB Directors meet

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.  I Thessalonians 5:11 On November 30 and December 1, Midwest Food Bank Directors for all US location met in Morton, IL, for two days of encouragement, fellowship, and support. This included directors from Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Il...

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Six way businesses partner with nonprofits like MFB

Big or small - businesses have found a way to support Midwest Food Bank. From a coffee shop to a grocery store chain to a heavy equipment manufacturer, they've all found ways to contribute to our mission. Their support comes in a variety of ways as they create a culture of giving. Here are a few ways they impact nonprofits. 1. Grants - Some busines...

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New HR Director for Midwest Food Bank

From manufacturing to healthcare to Midwest Food Bank, Temple Roe has a professional path that will be an asset to MFB. She joined the MFB staff as Human Resources Director this fall. "I'm thrilled to have found my way into a non-profit that provides to so many families and communities in need," says Temple. As the HR Director for Midwest Food...

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Volunteer 'unschedules' at MFB Morton

In his own words, MFB Morton volunteer Steve Nichols isn't retired. He's "unscheduled." He also has always been good at fixing things. Over the past 40 years, Steve has owned three businesses utilizing that skill. His work included woodworking and handyman services. Steve's ability to fix things helped him in technical writing and consulting. He sh...

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Grant applied to safety at MFB Morton

Safety in and around Midwest Food Bank is a priority, and MFB Morton is thankful for a grant that helped fund that priority. This year MFB Morton received $3,000 to be used for security cameras to be installed at the warehouse."Providing a safe environment is one of the ways MFB demonstrates our regard for everyone," says Lisa Martin, Executive Dir...

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MFB Morton celebrates 10 years of service

Hindsight is 20/20, and as Midwest Food Bank Morton celebrates its 10th anniversary, we can now see how God was putting things in place over the last decade.The story starts much earlier. MFB was established in 2003 in Bloomington, Illinois, and just a couple of years later, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Everyone across the United States of...

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Nussbaum Trucking Academy's unique partnership with MFB

Nussbaum Trucking saw a need and provided a solution. The need - the CDL driving course at Heartland College had grown beyond the college's ability to manage. The solution - the Nussbaum Trucking Academy at Heartland Community College in Normal. The Academy started in the fall of 2021, and so far, 58 students have completed training and education t...

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MFB Morton volunteer fills a specific need

God provides before we even know it's needed. That happens all the time at Midwest Food Bank. Nancy Bucher stopped at MFB Morton to see if there was a need for a volunteer bookkeeper. There wasn't an immediate need, but one soon arose. "I gave Nancy a call and she came and stepped right into the role," says Lisa Martin, executive director in Morton...

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MFB Values: Embracing Our Communities

Midwest Food Bank has five values that are based on the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. Our facilities are intentionally designed so we can embrace our community, with kitchens, Conference Rooms, and project space in our warehouses. Here is a look at what "Embracing Our Communities" means to MFB. MFB's mission&nb...

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Family food boxes: One way MFB provides Disaster Relief

Before a disaster hits, Midwest Food Bank is ready. Being ready means providing what is needed for that particular disaster because flooding, wildfires, hurricanes, and tornadoes differ. But the common denominator is the people in the middle of those disasters. Mike Hoffman, director of inventory and logistics for MFB, says helping people through t...

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Thanks for Disaster Relief

Two category 4 hurricanes hitting the United States within two weeks created an opportunity for Midwest Food Bank to share God's love. Our partnership with The Salvation Army allows us to offer help early and often. Loads of family food boxes, hygiene kits and cleaning supplies were sent to victims of both Harvey (Texas) and Irma (Florida). In all ...

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MFB Morton visits Garden of Hope

The squash, tomatoes, green beans, and potatoes are just part of the harvest at St. Ann's Garden of Hope in Peoria. The garden, part of the OSF Faith Community Nursing program, grows healthy food for people in the area so they can minister to them as a whole person - body, mind, and spirit. Recently, MFB Morton was asked to be a part of the Wednesd...

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Supporting safety in MFB trucks

Midwest Food Bank began an organization-wide focus on safety in 2021. Rather than being a one-time effort, this initiative is ongoing with specific goals. It was an opportunity to evaluate and strengthen safety measures already in place. Mike Hoffman, MBF's Inventory and Logistics Director, leads the safety initiative. "Providing a safe work e...

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Volunteering at MFB is something you must experience firsthand

Midwest Food Bank Values include Embrace Our Communities and Empowering Volunteers. One of the ways we do this is by providing clean, efficient, safe, and comfortable gathering places. At MFB, we work hard to maintain clean, inviting warehouses. To keep them well maintained and organized, we have standards, prioritize investment, and have safety co...

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MFB participates in "Day of Action" in Washington DC

While food insecurity is rapidly rising, the world is expected to waste 2.1 million tons of food annually by 2030, according to Yale research. In the United States alone, $408 billion was spent on food in 2021 that was never eaten. That's nearly a quarter of US food going to waste instead of to those who need it. On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, Mid...

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New advisory board members for MFB Morton

One of many volunteer positions at Midwest Food Bank is the role of Advisory Board members. These people share their expertise and time to help shape and direct the local MFB location they serve. Midwest Food Bank Morton welcomes four new advisory board members - Sue Neihouser, Justin Pflederer, Javier Salazar, and Mary Staple. Their comm...

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