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Higher learning, higher calling

" ...by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "  - Acts 20:35 It's a blessing to us at MFB to see so many people concerned about those in need. Elementary school children learn the value of thinking of others. High shool and college-age men...
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Prepared for the job

​ When our current facility was purchased and renovated, two generous donors approached us with a unique vision - an area for volunteering, meeting, recreation and eating. The end result is the community center, an interconnected kitchen/dining space, conference room, service project space and two basketball/volleyball courts. Groups can meet, work...
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Blessing the children

Having a good school system doesn't mean everything is perfect. Here in Fayette County are some of the highest rated schools in the state and nation. Still, some of the children are hungry. What can a teacher do for a student who can't concentrate because of hunger? Some decided to use their own personal funds to provide food. That is dedication. M...
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Expanding our serve

Midwest Food Bank Florida has been experiencing some exciting growth. We've made some changes recently to adjust to the volume of food we receive and the number of agencies we serve. In March, we changed our distribution model to every Tuesday. Prior to this, distribution was only two days per month. This wouldn't be possible without a growing base...
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Lynch Serves Breakfast

​ Lynch Aluminum Mfg. Co. is not just a neighbor in the warehouse district of North Peoria but serving friends to Midwest Food Bank – Peoria. In January 2016, we sent out a plea for trucking help and Lynch Aluminum graciously provided volunteer drivers and trailers. (Read newsletter article here) Since then, their owners and employees have worked s...
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A great group of kids

Senior day! For many people of a certain age, this phrase means a day doing something fun. After all, when you're a senior in high school, you are the king or queen of your domain. At Tri-Valley High School, Tuesday April 10, 2018 was senior day. The rest of the school was taking those all-important tests and the seniors were allowed to skip. Their...
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Offering Food and the Gospel

Youth For Christ is a well-known local and international ministry and has been partnering with Midwest Food Bank for years. Recently Youth For Christ International Directors, Eli Beltran and Jose Gutierrez picked up food and Tender Mercies meals to deliver to Juarez, Mexico, a city desperate for food and support. YFC Mexico works with local churche...
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Sibling Rivalry to Give

​ In 2016, Amanda inspired her 3 children, Alexandra, Colin and Ian, to forgo gifts and collect cans of food at their birthday celebrations. Soon after each birthday, the family loads up their donations and head to Midwest Food Bank – Peoria. (more to the story) There is a sweet sibling rivalry about whether their donation would be greater than the...
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Kind Harvest Sponsorship

Hello friend of the Food Bank! I hope this message find you well! This year we are hosting a signature fundraising event here in Indianapolis called "Kind Harvest: An Open Air Meal". It will be a meal with our 500 good friends, seated at tables around the circle in downtown Indianapolis. We plan on having this event annually. Our hope is to raise o...
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ISU President Dietz and cabinet visit MFB

  "I am appreciative of Midwest Food Bank's service to those in need," says Larry Dietz, President of Illinois State University. That appreciation led Dietz to bring his cabinet for an extended visit Tuesday, April 3. After meeting CFO Eric Hodel and Executive Director Chad Bevers, the group toured our facility. To complete the experience, the...
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Agencies Together

Reflecting on Community Partnerships Peoria Midwest Food Bank could not distribute donated food to the many people in need in our communities without the 310 partnering agencies we served in 2017. United in the efforts to alleviate hunger these; large-scaled feeding programs, small-town food pantries, or homeless shelters across 40 counties in Illi...
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28,000 meals in one morning

  225 volunteers, 2.5 hours, 7,000 meal packets! That is what Midwest Food Bank, Resonate Church, and many volunteers accomplished on March 3. The math is even more powerful when you consider that each packet feeds four people - that's 28,000 meals. The Morton location of MFB is working with groups in central Illinois to organize and host even...
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New distribution location

Beginning Saturday, March 3, MFB Arizona agencies have another option for distribution: Tucson. Already 18 agencies are taking advantage of this alternate pick-up location. Like our regular distribution, agencies will place their order using the online menu system. Order will be packaged at our Gilbert location and sent to Tucson ready for pick up....
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Blessings shared

It was a beautiful and warm late afternoon in Ft Myers when guests began to arrive for the 3rd Annual MFB Florida "Sharing the Blessings" gala dinner and auction. Appetizers were ready to enjoy while perusing the many items on the auction. While dining on a delicious braised rib dinner catered by Jamie and Jacob Catering, guests enjoyed music by Ca...
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Tender Mercies off and running

​ The Morton location started 2018 by packing and preparing a container of Tender Mercies is be shipped to Haiti. This was in cooperation with MFB's newly established Haiti Division. A total of 59,400 packets left the Morton warehouse in mid-January with a final destination of Haiti. Volunteers on the Tender Mercies machine worked diligently to fil...
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Agency Round-Table

​ We held our semi-annual agency round table on Tuesday, January 30. This is an opportunity for MFB to provide updates on our operation and plans for the future. This was also a chance for idea sharing between us and the agencies and for the agencies with each other. Midwest Food Bank Georgia held a special distribution for the 67 partner agencies ...
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Milestone first shipment made

Since the introduction of the new Haiti division late last year, there have been many requests from U.S. sponsored organizations operating in Haiti for food to assist their various ministries in Haiti. In early January, MFB Morton division's hand and automated Tender Mercies packing moved into high gear, packaging nearly 22 tons of Tender Mercies (...
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Hearts for helping

How does an orphanage get its start? What is the spark that sets in motion a ministry so big? For the Reverend julius Mbaya and his wife, Tabitha, the answer is easy: there was a need. Several years ago Julius retired from his church ministry and another pastor took his place. After some time the new pastor said the church couldn't continue feeding...
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Christine and Godwin: Serving with love

Since the founding of Kapu Africa, Midwest Food Bank's East Africa division, Christine Mutsoli has been an amazing help. Christine, Kapu Africa's Executive Director, was educated in the USA. She has a Master's Degree in Microbiology from the University of Texas, and worked in the US for several years. In all of this, God was preparing her to be the...
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Kayla's Cupboard Food Pantry

​ Midwest Food Bank is honored to support Kayla's Cupboard since February 2015. Serving and feeding people in need is not new for Harmony Bible Church, who has a food pantry in Danville, IA for many years and desired to reach more people but their location 5 miles outside of Danville and 12 miles from Burlington, made it unreachable by many in need...
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