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2021 was a year of blessings for Midwest Food Bank

The numbers are in for 2021, and it was a year of blessings. Midwest Food Bank spent $14 million and distributed $430 million worth of food. Put another way, for every dollar donated to MFB, $31 worth of food was given to those in need. MFB serves nearly 2,100 nonprofit partner agencies. Generous donors and dedicated volunteers make those numbers p...

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Charity Navigator awards MFB 4-Star ranking for tenth consecutive year.

Midwest Food Bank has again received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation's top charity evaluator. MFB has received this recognition every year since 2011. Only 3% of charities receive a four-star rating for ten consecutive years. The rating is based on MFB's demonstration of robust financial health and its commitment to accountabi...

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MFB Peoria welcomes a new Operations Manager

Kyle Morr heard about a job opening at Midwest Food Bank Peoria from MFB IT Director Nate Westerfield and Peoria volunteer and former employee Lori Allen. It sounded like a perfect fit for his family. Kyle started his role as Operations Manager in December. Most recently working at a church, Kyle is happy to be able to maintain a ministry focus at ...

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MFB Peoria welcomes Pat Cutilletta to board.

After a 35-year career in the financial planning sector, Pat Cutilletta is ready to volunteer and use her professional expertise to help others. Pat has joined the advisory board at MFB Peoria. "I loved my career and still miss the clients and daily challenges, but I retired to have time to give back," says Pat.  Pat grew up in the Peoria...

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Midwest Food Bank welcomes Brandon Lipps to the National Board

Brandon Lipps has joined the Midwest Food Bank National Board of Directors. His vast experience in organizational leadership aligns with the mission of MFB. Brandon grew up in the small town of Woodson, TX. He received a B.S. in agricultural economics and a law degree from Texas Tech University. His wide array of experience includes practicing law,...

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MFB Disaster Relief donors eager to help

The images of a natural disaster show hard-to-believe scenes - flooding up to a roof-top, a home destroyed but books still lined on a shelf, charred trees with a fire approaching an urban area, rain and high winds bending trees over. These are familiar sights following floods, tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes. In the aftermath, there are people who...

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MFB values relationship with iDonate

Building relationships and partnerships extend to all aspects of Midwest Food Bank, including the behind-the-scenes vendors. One of our partnerships is the online giving platform iDonate. "It's evident that iDonate is consistent with the MFB culture," says Jada Hoerr, MFB Chief Resource Officer. "We are a growing organization, and as iDonate c...

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Eric Hodel named CEO of Midwest Food Bank

With roles at both MFB and his family farm, Eric Hodel works in two industries associated with feeding people. This helps make Eric uniquely qualified to serve as Midwest Food Bank's CEO beginning January 1, 2022. David Kieser, MFB's current CEO, will remain the President of the MFB Board of Directors. Eric joined Midwest Food Bank in April 2017, a...

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Volunteering a family affair at MFB Peoria

Are you looking for a family-bonding activity? Consider volunteering together at MFB. Charlie Thomas is a regular at MFB Peoria. He is most likely to be found at our distribution events loading a cart. Recently, Charlie took the opportunity to share his volunteerism with his son, Steve. Steve joined Charlie for a distribution day. Their time t...

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MFB employees participate in Leadership Development Program

As a faith-based organization, it is the mission of the Midwest Food Bank to share the love of Christ by alleviating hunger ad malnutrition locally and throughout the world and providing disaster relief; all without discrimination. MFB is about people.   Food Recipients - We work to put food into the hands of the food insecure.&...

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2020 food insecurity numbers

Most US households are "food secure," meaning they have consistent access to enough food for healthy, active living. However, some households lack access to adequate food due to a lack of money or other resources. These homes are called "food insecure." Midwest Food Bank turns to the US Department of Agriculture's annual report on household fo...

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Saved By Grace a valuable partner of MFB Peoria

About 40 years ago, Ken Wise decided to follow Jesus. That decision not only changed his life but the lives of many others in Greene County, Illinois. Ken and his wife, Carla, use their voices and talents as singers to minister to people. Their ministry - Saved by Grace - reaches people through song, but also with food. "One night, I had a vision t...

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Putting a face on food insecurity

As Midwest Food Bank grows in size, we also want to grow in understanding. Understanding the stories of our food recipients helps us fulfill our mission. With every food recipient we meet, we grow in compassion and humility.  We appreciate their willingness to partner with us and are honored to learn their stories and share them with you. We w...

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Midwest Food Bank hires a new IT Director

Midwest Food Bank is pleased to announce the hire of Nate Westerfield as our new IT Director. He began at MFB on September 7 and will work part-time through October. Beginning November 1, he will transition to full-time and be located in Morton, IL division. Nate brings more than 20 years of IT experience to MFB. Most recently, Nate has served as t...

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MFB Peoria holds Volunteer Appreciation brunch

The volunteers of MFB Peoria selflessly give of their time and talents to benefit those struggling with food insecurity. They bring the MFB mission to life every day. On July 31, the MFB Peoria staff honored them with a volunteer appreciation party. More than 50 volunteers came for brunch, prizes, fun, and fellowship. Hosted at the same time a...

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MFB Peoria welcomes two new board members

Midwest Food Bank Peoria would like to welcome and introduce two people that have recently joined our advisory board. Roopa Foulger is the Vice President of Data Delivery at OSF Healthcare. She learned about MFB during a lunch she attended with her husband. The couple now supports MFB as Share Partners - a recurring giving program. Roopa ...

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MFB celebrates the contributions of volunteer truckers

At Midwest Food Bank, we are surrounded by unsung heroes every day. Our business model relies heavily on a strong volunteer base. Volunteers fill many roles, such as bookkeeper, receptionist, file clerk, building maintenance, forklift operator, cook, volunteer leader, food distributor. These vital jobs are done with love, warmth, and joy as people ...

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Thanks to all who made Taste and Tour 2021 a success

The three Central Illinois locations of Midwest Food Bank enjoyed the opportunity to share our mission with the community while raising funds. Taste and Tour is just what it sounds like: a great Taste-ing meal after a Tour of MFB. Taste and Tour 2021 was held on August 21 at the Bloomington-Normal, Morton, and Peoria MFB locations. Between 4 and 7 ...

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Kellogg a valuable partner of Midwest Food Bank

Cereal and related products (granola and breakfast bars) are great things for Midwest Food Bank to give to our partner nonprofits. They are shelf-stable, appeal to all ages, and support three of our main programs: Food for Nonprofits, Disaster Relief, and Hope Packs. In the past, we would purchase these products. That's one reason we are so thankfu...

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Midwest Food Bank providing Disaster Relief for 16 years

Midwest Food Bank has been actively responding to disasters in 2021. Hurricanes Henri and Ida are the latest opportunities MFB has had to support disaster victims in the US. Hurricane Ida formed on August 23, a notable date in hurricane history. Midwest Food Bank began offering Disaster Relief with Hurricane Katrina, which formed on the same date i...

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