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Lee County Homeless Coalition awards grant

The Lee County Homeless Coalition recently awarded a $5,000 grant to Midwest Food Bank Florida. It was requested to help offset the cost of fuel and delivery of food donations. While many food items are donated to MFB, we often have to cover the cost of transporting them to our warehouse. Each year, MFB Florida spends over $125,000 o...
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The difference between hunger and food insecurity

Prior to becoming a volunteer at Midwest Food Bank, "food insecurity" was a foreign term. I wasn't familiar with the concept and certainly hadn't experienced it first-hand. I would quickly come to learn that food insecurity is defined as having limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate food and limited or uncertain ability to acqu...
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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 t...
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Midwest Food Bank goes to South Sudan

 After many months of effort, Midwest Food Bank East Africa (Kapu Africa) was able to make a trip to South Sudan to help refugees there. On the weekend of May 3-5, 28 metric tonnes of Tender Mercies, MFB's packaged meal, were distributed.South Sudan, a neighboring country to Kenya, gained independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011 and is ...
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Donating non-cash items to Midwest Food Bank

Midwest Food Bank is able to alleviate hunger for those in need due to the generous support received in the form of food donations, volunteer hours and dollar contributions. These are the key inputs to the MFB Business Model.  Some of our donors have given non-cash items to MFB. These include cars, stocks, real estate, collectibles, grain...
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Stamp Out Hunger to help MFB Florida

The Florida division has an exciting opportunity to partner with the United States Post office in the Stamp Out Hunger Campaign. This opportunity allows our Florida Division to receive food donations from the letter carrier's food drive this upcoming Mother's Day weekend. In order to participate, all Fort Myer's residents need to do is load up the ...
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Midwest Food Bank's new Accounting Director

Midwest Food Bank is pleased to announce a new corporate staff employee. Dana Williamsen has been chosen as Accounting Director of Midwest Food Bank. As Accounting Director, she is responsible for the oversight of corporate as well as divisional accounting procedures and processes. Dana comes to us from Illinois Central College where she was the Fi...
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Partnering with the Fraternal Order of Police

Midwest Food Bank Indiana and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) teamed up in an effort to tackle child and family hunger. Active and retired officers and members of the FOP along with their families distributed 300 food boxes provided by MFB in the Fountain Square area of Indianapolis on March 30. The distribution was held to help low-income fami...
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Volunteers, donors make Gala a success

Midwest Food Bank Bloomington Normal held their annual Gala Dinner and Auction on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Upon arriving, guests enjoyed appetizers while perusing and bidding on silent auction items. Upon being seated for the dinner, Gala attendees heard a first-hand account of needs in their community. Megan Whitecotton from Danvers Comm...
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Tender Mercies updates

Tender Mercies is a low-cost, highly nutritious meal consisting of rice, pre-cooked pinto beans, fortified chicken seasoning and a soy protein. Here are a number of recent developments with our Tender Mercies program:New logo, new look! Tender Mercies has a new logo and bag design. Please have a look in the photo below. Labels with the new logo are...
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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.‚ÄčThere is a unique subset of donors we'd like to take a moment to highlight. These are generous folks who ...
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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 4:17In 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 it...
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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 MFB...
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Unrest in Haiti provides opportunity

Food, fuel and water shortages continue in Haiti. This has been exacerbated by recent unrest, protest and road blockages. In the past 18 months, food prices have increased by more than 100%. A praise out of this otherwise desperate time is that Midwest Food Bank Haiti had a surplus inventory of 350 boxes of Tender Mercies (63,000 servings) at ...
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Pack-A-Pallet

On February 22 & 23, 2019, over 300 volunteers from Eastview Christian Church participated in a Tender Mercies Packing event called Pack-a-Pallet, at Midwest Food Bank's warehouse in Normal. The Friday night and Saturday day event was in partnership with Midwest Food Bank, Haitian Christian Ministries, and Eastview Church.Packing meals is one p...
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Partnership with Rozzika Gardens blesses children

At Midwest Food Bank East Africa, we are happy to receive any food donations we can pass along. We are especially delighted to be able to distribute quality, nutritious vegetables. For this reason, MFB values the partnership with Rozzika Gardens Ltd. Since opening in 2014, we have received fresh vegetables from the faithful donor.Rozzika Gardens wa...
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Helping our neighbors

After the Lord opened many doors, Solid Rock House of God was started by Rev. David Sapata in 2010. The church sits in a low income community of Wichita Falls, TX, and has worked to provide ministries that help their neighbors.Rev. David says it was always on his heart to feed the hungry. Midwest Food Bank Texas has been able to expand the dream to...
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Shaping tomorrow's leaders

Investing time in someone is a great way to show you care. Lloyd Williams is investing in some young men in our community.Lloyd, a basketball coach, recently began using Midwest Food Bank Bloomington-Normal's Community Center for basketball practice, bringing a group of eighth grade boys to play each week. Someone who does this must have a lot of t...
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Great day with our youth

It's a wonderful thing to see the joy on children's faces when they're volunteering. At Midwest Food Bank Georgia we recently had the opportunity to do this.Gary Eller, father of Spring Hill Elementary School teacher Jeff Eller, and MFB volunteer CDL driver took one of our semis to visit the school. About 30 of Jeff's 3rd-5th grade students we...
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Serving with a partner

In February, a Midwest Food Bank Georgia employee had the privilege of serving alongside one of our partner agencies. Operations Manager Lisa Lowther volunteered with Hearts of Love Outreach Ministries of Newman, GA.Joan and Marshall Lee, their family and a few dedicated volunteers serve families and individuals in need in their community with...
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