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Why nutrition matters to Midwest Food Bank

Midwest Food Bank is committed to helping the hungry of this world. However, we're concerned with more than just how much food we can provide . Our mission is to alleviate hunger AND malnutrition. Alongside our dedication to filling empty stomachs, we're focused on the nutritional quality of our products.  Think about your own grocery shopping...
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Midwest Food Bank welcomes new IT/Executive Director

Midwest Food Bank welcomes Lisa Martin to our family of employees. As the New Executive Director of the Morton location, Lisa will coordinate operations there. Responsibilities include directing warehouse and volunteer activity, community outreach, and overseeing financial and budgetary operations. Additionally, Lisa will serve ...
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Tender Mercies' partnership with Bradley students

Not all student learning happens in a classroom. Learning outside the classroom helps to plug students into their world. Among other things, it helps students develop skills in a widening range of environments.  While volunteering at a Tender Mercies packing event is not necessarily academic, students who participate often leave with an enrich...
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Dot Foods a valuable MFB partner

According to USDA studies, more than 150 tons of food is wasted in the U.S. each day. As a feeding ministry, it is important to the mission of Midwest Food Bank to reclaim some of that food. Dot Foods, located in Mount Sterling, IL, is a food distributor serving businesses in food service, retail, vending and food ingredient channels. As the n...
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Midwest Food Bank's Values

By definition, values are important beliefs or ideals one has about what is good or bad, desirable or undesirable. They have a a major influence on one's behavior and attitude and serve as broad guidelines in all situations. In the first half of 2019, the Midwest Food Bank National Board of Directors reviewed and refined the organization's values. ...
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Midwest Food Bank Georgia hosts Tender Mercies packing event

Southern hospitality was at its best when Gail Thorson, Tender Mercies Coordinator at Midwest Food Bank Morton, IL, traveled to Peachtree City, Georgia to work alongside staff and volunteers at MFB Georgia. The trip was made to help facilitate a Tender Mercies packing event at MFB Georgia. Tender Mercies is Midwest Food Bank's highly nutritious mea...
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Teen, Seth Conklin, generously donates to MFB East Africa

Midwest Food Bank appreciates all donors, young and old. Seeing a young person invest in a charitable mission brings a unique joy. Seth Conkin of Morton, IL, is just such a young man. At 13, he is the oldest of four, and operates a mowing/landscaping maintenance business with his younger brother. Seth generously donates 20% of his revenue to charit...
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Tender Mercies from teenagers

Teenagers these days …  have a heart for service. During the month of April, the Morton Division worked with about 400 teens and grade school students packing Tender Mercies meals and re-packaging food products.  Metamora High School students ended a testing day by gathering in the gym and working together to pack a total of 15,000 Tender...
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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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Tender Mercies updates

Tender Mercies is a low-cost, highly nutritious meal consisting of rice, pre-cooked pinto beans, fortified chicken seasoning and a soy protein. Here are a number of recent developments with our Tender Mercies program: New logo, new look! Tender Mercies has a new logo and bag design. Please have a look in the photo below. Labels with the new logo ar...
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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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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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Carol Jankowski, Distinguished Service Award Winner

Midwest Food Bank's very own Carol Jankowski was recently given some well-deserved recognition. The Morton Community Chamber of Commerce honored Carol as the 2019 Distinguished Service Award Winner. Carol, Executive Director of MFB Morton, received the award for her years of leadership and service to Morton. She has served countless hours in numero...
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DOT Foods a great partner

Most people have never heard of DOT Foods in Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Midwest Food Bank is fortunate to have a partnership with DOT Foods which is the largest food serve redistribution company in the United States.  DOT Foods employs 4,200 people and was founded in 1960 by Robert and Dorothy Tracy. On average about two semi-loads of food are do...
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A hill of beans

​ At Midwest Food Bank we are often reminded of God's ability to provide exactly what is needed at just the right time.  That happened again recently when MFB received four semi-loads of beans – black, pinto, kidney – from a farmer in Illinois and another farmer in Iowa.  How did these farmers know to contact MFB with this donation? ...
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Tender Mercies Style Chili

"Are you cooking chili? It smells good in here."  That was the reaction of a food pantry volunteer that was recently in the Morton Division to pick up food. Yes, we were cooking chili – Tender Mercies style. Midwest Food Bank Morton is the home site for Tender Mercies – a meal program of MFB. Each packet includes a high-grade rice, p...
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Feeding 10,000

How many people can a church feed on a Saturday? Bethel Lutheran Church helped feed 10,000 people on a Saturday morning! The church sponsored and hosted a Tender Mercies meal packing event on Saturday, Oct. 20.  About 70 adults and children gathered in their school gym to pack meals that will be distributed both locally and in Haiti ...
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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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Expanding Tender Mercies...Literally

The staff and volunteers at the Midwest Food Bank Morton have been prototyping larger bags of the Tender Mercies meal packet – rice, pre-cooked pinto beans, soy protein and chicken flavored seasoning. These larger bags are especially helpful for food pantries that serve meals to large numbers of people. MFB Haiti also has an interest in creating la...
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