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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 Pennsylvania welcomes two new employees

We continue taking steps toward the opening of Midwest Food Bank Pennsylvania. We would like to introduce two more employees that are helping launch that location and populate our staff. Janice Reinke - Agency and Volunteer Coordinator. Janice will be working with our food partners and also coordinating volunteer activities in the warehou...
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Volunteers getting MFB Pennsylvania ready

Midwest Food Bank Pennsylvania has much to be thankful for as we head into the holiday season. We have secured a lease on a warehouse, we are now fully staffed, and we will soon be ready to share the blessings of abundance with others throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Our new facility is coming together. Pallet jacks, warehouse r...
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Food Deserts: Why don't they just take the bus?

The term "food desert" is becoming more common but if you don't live in a food desert, it's hard to know what that means.  A food desert is a geographical area with little to no access to healthy, affordable, nutritious food. People that live in these areas might have a corner convenience store or gas station that carries milk or limited produ...
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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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USDA Deputy Under Secretary visits Midwest Food Bank

Midwest Food Bank, hosted Brandon Lipps and Tim English, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in late October. Brandon is the Deputy Under Secretary for the USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, and Tim is the Midwest Regional Administrator. Mr. Lipps reached out and requested a tour of the MFB location in Normal, Illinois after reviewing ...
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The Shop Forward blesses others through MFB

 A simple internet search, a love for fashion, and a desire to help people around the world - that's how Meri Barnes, CEO and founder of California based The Shop Forward, connected with Midwest Food Bank. The apparel company supports a variety of causes including disaster relief. The recent derecho in Iowa and hurricanes in the southeast...
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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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MFB's partner agencies thankful for USDA Farmers to Families Food Program

COVID-19 created a disruption in the US food supply chain. Food producers and suppliers were unable to have food processed and transported. The USDA created the Farmers to Families Food Program to support US farmers and distributors and get that food to people that need it. The program has been authorized through the end of 2020. Midwest Food Bank ...
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MFB Pennsylvania has patience and perseverance

Midwest Food Bank, Pennsylvania Division is excited to announce the sublease of a warehouse. Our facility, located at 2700 Commerce Drive, Middletown, PA, will begin setting up operations on October 1, 2020. We are blessed with a move-in ready facility that will enable us to begin sharing the blessings of abundance with our neighbors in PA. Th...
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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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Food Bank vs. Food Pantry: What's the difference?

When visitors come to Midwest Food Bank for the first time they are often surprised by the size of our warehouses and the amount of food on our shelves. They aren't expecting forklifts, pallets, and semi-trucks. That's when the conversation turns to the difference between a food bank and a food pantry. Food banks – Midwest Food Bank, like other foo...
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MFB receiving thanks for COVID Disaster Relief

Midwest Food Bank has been shipping Disaster Relief all over the US since March (stories here and here). Family food boxes have have been helping people affected by business closures and layoffs. Volunteers have been assembling, filling, and driving food boxes every week. The Tender Mercies packing machine has been running non-stop, setting new pro...
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MFB Pennsylvania holds inaugural food distribution

Midwest Food Bank Pennsylvania introduced itself to the community and volunteers with their first food distribution beginning Saturday, June 20, 2020. During the two-day event the verse from I Peter 4:10 came to life - "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." Sum...
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MFB Pennsylvania Executive Director named

Please help us welcome Lori Renne, the Executive Director for Midwest Food Bank, Pennsylvania. Lori was born and raised in central Pennsylvania and is the youngest of eight children. "We lived in a small house yet my parents instilled in us that there was always enough food and a seat at our table for anyone who needed it," says Lori. Before c...
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Midwest Food Bank's unique Disaster Relief year

Typically, in July and August, Midwest Food Bank is preparing for the Disaster Relief we will provide during hurricane season. 2020 has been anything but typical. Much of our effort since March has been focused on Disaster Relief. The COVID-19 crisis has placed many people in a position of food insecurity. Thanks to your support, we have been ...
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