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MFB Peoria receives truck grant

Thanks to funding dollars from Walmart Foundation, Community Foundation of Central IL, and Ameren IL MFB Peoria has a new refrigerated box truck. This truck will replace a well-used, smaller sprinter van used for our daily grocery donation pickups and other refrigerated donations and/or deliveries. Our volunteer box truck drivers tra...

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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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Ashes to glory

"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."  -I Corinthians 4:17 In a catastrophic turn of events, Raber Packing Company of Peoria burned to the ground in November 2018. The owners have taken this momentary trouble and produced an eternal glory, by turning i...

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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 fir...

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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 who ...

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Phase Two of our remodel is underway

Midwest Food Bank Peoria staff and volunteers are settling into newly renovated offices and community room. The bright and open-aired space is refreshing. As with any remodel project, a few finishing touches are still needed.  Phase two of our renovation is in full-swing. Our old office space is being demolished to expand the MF...

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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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An Event To Feed Thousands

Midwest Food Bank Peoria held our first Tender Mercies packaging event on January 4th and it was awe inspiring! Over 250 volunteers came for a two-hour shift to hand pack Tender Mercies meals. By the end of the day we had eight pallets of Tender Mercies meals – enough to feed 42,250 people! Tender Mercies is a meal program of Midwest Food Bank. Eac...

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Welcome Back Rollie and Denise Reed!

"Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10 Citing this verse as inspiration, Rollie Reed joins Midwest Food Bank Peoria as Operations Manager. Prior to moving to Florida in 2014, Rollie was the Warehouse Manager for us. Now that he and his wife, D...

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Pardon Our Dust

We have had plans to expand to better serve clients and volunteers for quite a while. At last, the renovations at Midwest Food Bank Peoria are well underway. Construction workers have been busy transforming the space previously occupied by Lighthouse Academy to MFB staff offices and community room.  Plans are to move into this new space before...

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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: Thank you!  

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Jubilee of Cherries

A Midwest Food Bank staff member was out serving in the community recently and was speaking with an individual about her walk with Christ. During their conversation, the woman told the following story: Her family member volunteers at a food pantry in the area and had just received a lot of fresh, dark red cherries from Midwest Food Bank to distribu...

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Tea Time!

We had a delicious treat! Peoria Seva Mandal shared their homemade Chai tea with us after their volunteer time. They have faithfully served MFB for years and a true friendship has been created. We look forward to their smiles and willing hearts on Thursdays. 

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Birthday Blessings!

Samyuktha had heard about others asking for donations for Midwest Food Bank in lieu of birthday presents. She decided that she wanted to share in the joy of giving to others for her 6th Birthday!! Today, she and her parents brought in 162 pounds of food from her recent birthday party with friends to give to those in need! Happy Birthday Samyuktha!!...

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Clay Shoot for Hunger

June 9th started ominously, but the skies cleared just in time for our 9th Annual Clay Shoot for Hunger fundraiser. Nearly 200 shooters in teams of 4-5 took their best aim to reduce hunger in our communities. All of the profits went to the Peoria and Morton Midwest Food Bank locations. The Oak Ridge Sportsman's Club in Mackinaw, IL was the perfect ...

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Growth Campaign Update

​In 2017, Midwest Food Bank in Peoria kicked off a growth campaign with the sole purpose of improving and increasing our distribution of food and community engagement through volunteer projects. Since then, we have been blessed to receive donations and pledges totaling $530k, over halfway to our revised goal of $930k. Thank you for your support of ...

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Collingsworth Family Concert

What a night! Praising the Lord with the Collingsworth Family is so special to MFB every year. Thanks for all that raised the roof at Bethany Baptist Church in Edwards, IL for this sold-out fundraising concert. We look forward to hosting the Collingsworth Family again next June.   View Video from the event

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Harvest for the Holidays blesses Midwest Food Bank

 Harvest for the Holidays Megan Grebner had a great idea and went about to achieve it. The campaign is partnered with The Illinois Farmer's' Bureau, News Radio 1470 and Classic Country Radio 1290. The Beginning: The Midwest Food Bank launched its "harvest for the holidays" campaign November 5, 2010, a way for area farmers to donate a part of t...

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Happy New Year - January Distribution

January Distribution 2014 was a huge success despite the bitter cold and a slick beginning to Tuesday morning. Over 200 volunteers came during the 4 days to help share the blessings and 202 partner agencies were here to collect the food and supplies that were given freely. The Dream Center Peoria has been a pantry partner for a long time and they a...

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Tazewell County Relief Effort

As you know, Midwest Food Bank distributes food to over 200 agencies every month. During that week, our warehouse fills with volunteers willing to share their time and energy to benefit others in need. They help us load trucks, trailers and cars with food! When the November 17th tornado hit, MFB responded quickly supporting the need. As additional ...

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