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Loaves and Fishes Pantry making a difference

In Morgan County, Indiana, several food pantries work together. They share resources, like box trucks and facilities, to feed their communities. Loaves and Fishes, a food pantry at the Pentecostals of Nashville Church is one of those pantries.  When they opened in 2017, about 20 families came for assistance. Now they serve ...

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MFB Indiana blessed by the volunteer service of Marla

All the food that comes in and goes out the doors of Midwest Food Bank needs to be documented. That attention to detail is critical, and volunteers often make it happen. At MFB Indiana, Marla Tolle does that vital work. She tracks the food given out on distribution days and records food that enters and leaves the warehouse. Her role as as...

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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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MFB New England volunteer spreading the love of Jesus

Erin Joy Graziani always said when she retired she would like to do mission work, spreading the love of Jesus Christ and helping others. She received an email in December of 2020 from a board member for Midwest Food Bank, New England, fitting that description. For 34 years Erin was the Senior Center Director for the town of Ellington. In 2020 she f...

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Two new advisory board members for MFB Georgia

MFB Georgia is pleased and thankful to announce the addition of two new advisory board members. They are Benita Chinn and Efram Clark. Benita was the 2019 woman of the Year as one of Atlanta's 100 Most Powerful and Influential Women. She has a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech in Engineering Technology and Education and an MBA from the Univ...

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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 Morton benefits from 210 Financial's tasty fundraiser

Midwest Food Bank is often the beneficiary of charitable efforts by local businesses. These fundraisers bring awareness of food insecurity and MFB's mission while providing donors with fun perks. 210 Financial's Pumpkin Pie Giveaway is a perfect example. Morton-based 210 Financial recently offered their customers a free pumpkin pie in exchange for ...

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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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Met some of the MFB Haiti advisory board

Board members are one of the many volunteer roles at Midwest Food Bank. Board members share their time, hearts, and expertise. MFB Haiti would like to introduce three people that have joined their board recently. Katie Magwire - Katie went on a mission trip to Haiti in 2018 and witnessed not only the poverty but the joy that Haitian people have for...

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Progress at MFB New England

MFB New England has been a blur of activity as we continue to get up and running. The past four weeks of activity have transformed our facility into a food bank. After significant electrical work to prepare for our indoor cold storage, three 40 ft sea containers were maneuvered into place with only a few inches of clearance. One will be used a...

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MFB New England holds its first distribution

There was joy in the air at the first MFB New England food distribution (load-out) on Tuesday, November 16. After the time spent securing and preparing the facility, it was a blessing to be giving the food to agency partners.  At 8 a.m., Executive Director Jan Young welcomed the group, and operations Manager Brent Carl explained the proce...

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LVLC feeding children physically, mentally, and spiritually

In 2007, Chipo Makaya started to go to Mji Wa Huruma to teach the Bible to children at a nursery school Tumaini Nursery. At that time, she realized that the children were not comprehending as much as her own daughter, who was the same age. The Makayas visited friends and supporters in the US and shared the vision to start a library for Mj...

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McGregor Food Pantry offers more than food

At McGregor Food Pantry in Fort Myers, Food is only one of the services they offer. Counseling sessions and access to additional resources are available at the pantry. "When someone walks in these doors they are often in need of more than just food," says Bob Fain of McGregor Food Pantry. "We are blessed to be able to offer leads to other...

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Pantry 279 a valuable partner of MFB Indiana

The pandemic created uncertainty in so many ways. Food pantries across the United States saw an increase in people utilizing their services. Pantry 279 in rural, southern Indiana went from serving about 3,500 people each month to 6,000-8,000 people each month. "Midwest Food Bank stepped up and allowed us to come to their warehouse extra times ...

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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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Large donation brings many smiles

Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa) primarily distributes Tender Mercies and Unimix to our nonprofit partners. We also have donors who provide produce, yogurt, and other food. Kapu Africa recently received our largest donation of yogurt from Brookside Dairy. Kenyan-based Brookside Dairy is a long-time corporate donor to Kapu Africa. School ...

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MFB Indiana employee spotlight - Matt McKaig

Matt McKaig has been the Operations Manager at MFB Indiana for just over a year. He grew up on a dairy farm and has a younger sister and twin brother. Matt received a degree in agriculture from Purdue University and has worked for a veterinarian and cattle broker after college and then in the seed corn business. He is married to Mich...

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