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Inspiring Volunteers Fuel Midwest Food Bank's Mission

FLORIDA Passing the volunteer torch Devoted volunteer Maxine Schneider has made an indelible mark on the Midwest Food Bank in Florida, particularly in fundraising. Her commitment has been unwavering, with a spotlight on her invaluable role in our annual Winter Harvest Dinner and Auction. As life progresses, Maxine has decided to take a step back. T...

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Kapu Africa partner working for God's glory

Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa) has recently been able to help the impoverished Samburu people, located in north central Kenya. A donation of 4 tonnes of Tender Mercies and Unimix has not only filled empty stomachs but has also nourished souls, supporting the mission of sharing the gospel and scriptures with the people there. While the ...

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God at work through Kapu Africa

After two years of patient dialogue, Kapu Africa (MFB East Africa) is blessed by the SOS Children's Villages recognizing the potential of Tender Mercies, and agreeing to incorporate it into their emergency relief program. This followed our collaborative relief during the COVID pandemic. Godwin Matswa, of Kapu Africa, was part of the team that ...

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MFB empowering Haitian farmers

At Midwest Food Bank Haiti, we believe in the power of partnerships to transform lives. Our collaboration with Overture International (OI) exemplifies this belief.Through our community farm program, we've provided land and support to 60 local Haitian farmers. Typically, we purchase rice and beans from them once a year, ensuring a steady income for ...

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Midwest Food Bank's role in food rescue

For the first time in history, enough food is produced to feed everyone. Globally, farmers are growing over 22 billion pounds of produce every day, enough to provide every person on the planet almost twice, according to the Farm Link Project. It's not about having enough food; it's about getting the roughly 30-40% of the wasted US food supply into ...

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MFB Georgia adds remote distribution in Tennessee

Midwest Food Bank continues to expand and provide more food to more people. One way that happens is through remote distributions coordinated with staff at an MFB site and volunteers in another region or state. This model means MFB doesn't have to have a permanent warehouse in every area and is a cost-effective way to fulfill our mission. This year,...

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MFB New England partner positively impacting its community

Since its founding in February of 1980, The House of Bread in Hartford, Connecticut, has been a beacon of hope for the most needy in the Hartford community. Co-founders Sister Maureen Faenza, CSJ, Theresa Fonti, CSJ, embarked on a mission to assist the hungry and homeless in Hartford's North End, initially welcoming 17 guests. Today, The ...

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MFB New England volunteers inspire others

At Midwest Food Bank New England, the volunteer culture revolves around essential qualities like selflessness, humility, kindness, and a spirit of service. Among the dedicated volunteers, Rick and Ann Mahoney not only align with this culture but also bring it to life.Volunteering is a way of life for Rick and Ann, instilled from a young age by thei...

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Volunteer supported by MFB Indiana family

Volunteers at Midwest Food Bank Indiana come through the doors filled with compassion and a shared purpose to uplift their community. Our volunteers not only serve people in need, but they become a family to each other, sharing life events. Those events can be celebrations of joy or times of grief. Sue Haymaker's story began over five years ago. "I...

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MFB Indiana volunteer started early in life

Callie Marvel stands out as a beacon of hope in a world where selflessness can sometimes seem scarce. Her journey of service began in her youth when she attended birthday parties at the Midwest Food Bank Indiana. Those early experiences ignited a lifelong passion for helping others. Throughout elementary, middle, and high school, Callie dedicated h...

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Meet MFB Florida's newest employee

Midwest Food Bank Florida is excited to welcome John McKinnon as our new Community Relations and Volunteer Manager. With two decades of experience in both business and nonprofit management, John's addition to the team is a significant milestone. His expertise and dedication align perfectly with Midwest Food Bank's mission. John's professional journ...

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MFB Florida responds to Hurricane Idalia

The day after Hurricane Idalia struck Florida's Big Bend area, Midwest Food Bank Florida wasted no time responding. They dispatched truckloads of food and water, totaling over 335,000 pounds, into the disaster zone. Their commitment to aiding in the long-term recovery effort is unwavering. As a trusted frontline disaster relief partner for organiza...

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New Executive Director hired at MFB Bloomington-Normal, IL

The work of Midwest Food Bank (MFB) is not new to Aimee Beam. For the last decade, she has worked with the people who receive food from MFB, most recently serving on the Executive Leadership team of The Baby Fold, a large nonprofit in Normal, IL. Aimee is the new Executive Director of MFB Bloomington-Normal, IL. She is replacing former Executi...

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Thanks for supporting MFB Morton's Taste and Tour

Thanks to our community, the Taste & Tour fundraiser held at MFB Morton was a remarkable success. This event brought us all together to learn, connect, and commemorate 20 years of impactful work. We recognized Midwest Food Bank's expansion and the donors and volunteers who made it possible. The behind-the-scenes warehouse tour was a highlight, ...

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MFB Morton volunteer cheerfully doing his part

Meet Tony Ferguson, the friendly neighborhood lawn care hero. Since 2012, Tony has been generously mowing the lawn of the Midwest Food Bank Morton every week, free of charge. It began when his friend, MFB Morton Board Member Billy Daniel, introduced him to the food bank's mission, emphasizing how the Lord works wonders through all the volunteers. T...

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MFB Arizona's Holiday Meal Kit program

Pick up an empty box and bring it back full. This straightforward idea can provide thousands of meals to Arizona's needy families. Midwest Food Bank is organizing this Holiday Meal Kit program with an ambitious goal of 2,500 meal kits. The Navajo Nation will receive 500; the remainder will be given to MFB partnering agencies. "This is our third yea...

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New Operations Manager at MFB Normal has a heart to serve

You could say that Duane Whitlow has a heart for Midwest Food Bank.In 2018, he first toured the Normal location of MFB and learned about the mission and work of MFB."I had the opportunity to visit with MFB founder David Kieser and learned firsthand how this great organization started and became what it is today," says Duane.It didn't take long befo...

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Arizona Tax Credit amounts have increased

Dollar for dollar - that's the way the Arizona tax credit works for donations made to Qualified Charitable Organizations (QCO). That means you receive $1 off taxes owed for every $1 donated to QCOs. Arizona is one of the few states that offers this incentive that benefits charitable organizations, like Midwest Food Bank, and taxpayers. This year, t...

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Calling from God brings new Volunteer Coordinator to MFB Bloomington-Normal

After a varied career, including sales, publishing, logistics, and the mortgage industry, Steven Bishop has followed a calling from God into coaching and youth ministry. Now he is adding another meaningful career to his life. Steven is the new part-time Volunteer Coordinator at MFB Bloomington-Normal. Steven grew up in Bloomington and Nor...

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MFB Haiti providing food with the help of partnerships

While Haiti remains in a security, economic and humanitarian crisis, Midwest Food Bank's Haiti, through prayer and passion, continues to find ways to bring food to hungry and starving Haitians. A record 4.9 million people are projected to be in acute hunger in Haiti – nearly half the country, including 1.8 million people in an emergency state.We ar...

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