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6 ways to support MFB during the giving season

As the holiday season approaches, our hearts fill with warmth and a desire to give back to our communities. For Midwest Food Bank Bloomington-Normal, this is a time when we typically receive an overwhelming number of group volunteer requests, especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here are six meaningful ways to get involved and make a difference during the giving season.

1. Blessing Blitz on November 21 and 22

Mark your calendars for November 21 and 22! Blessing Blitz is a fantastic opportunity to roll up your sleeves and directly impact those in need. On this day, we invite volunteers to join us in various activities at the Midwest Food Bank, such as sorting, packing, and distributing food to local organizations and families. It's a chance to experience the heart of our mission firsthand and share the spirit of giving. Click here to reserve your spot.

2. Turkey Cards

Participating in our Turkey Card program is another creative way to contribute to our cause. Instead of volunteering physically, consider purchasing Turkey Cards. These cards represent the cost of a turkey for a family in need. You can buy them individually or in bulk, making it a simple yet impactful gesture to ensure everyone can enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving meal.

3. Virtual Food Drives with Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser Options

In today's digital age, you can harness the power of the internet to make a difference. Host a virtual food drive with the help of our peer-to-peer fundraising platform. It's easy to set up, and you can engage your friends, family, and colleagues to donate funds, which will be used to purchase essential food items for those in need. It's a convenient and effective way to contribute from the comfort of your own home.

4. Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a global day of generosity. It's the perfect occasion to support Midwest Food Bank and help us continue our mission of alleviating hunger. Whether you make a one-time donation or set up a recurring gift, your generosity on Giving Tuesday can create a ripple effect of compassion and kindness throughout our community.

5. Volunteer Beyond the Holidays

While the holiday season is a hectic time, hunger is a year-round challenge. Please consider volunteering with us at other times of the year as well. Your support is invaluable, no matter when you choose to give your time and effort.

6. Spread the Word

One of the most powerful ways you can help Midwest Food Bank is by spreading awareness of our mission. Share our social media posts, tell your friends and family about our work, and encourage others to get involved. Together, we can make a lasting impact on hunger in our community.

As the giving season approaches, remember there are many paths to making a difference. While volunteering on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day is a beautiful tradition, it's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to helping those in need. We invite you to embrace the spirit of giving in new and creative ways throughout the year, knowing that your contributions, no matter how big or small, can change lives. Thank you for being a part of the MFB Bloomington-Normal family and making our mission a reality. 

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