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Expanding Tender Mercies...Literally

The staff and volunteers at the Midwest Food Bank Morton have been prototyping larger bags of the Tender Mercies meal packet – rice, pre-cooked pinto beans, soy protein and chicken flavored seasoning. These larger bags are especially helpful for food pantries that serve meals to large numbers of people. MFB Haiti also has an interest in creating la...
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Growth Campaign Update

​ In 2017, Midwest Food Bank in Peoria kicked off a growth campaign with the sole purpose of improving and increasing our distribution of food and community engagement through volunteer projects. Since then, we have been blessed to receive donations and pledges totaling $530k, over halfway to our revised goal of $930k. Thank you for your support of...
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Making a BIG Impact

Midwest Food Bank was named as a recipient of the Johnson County Community Foundation BIGs Grant. The $25,000 grant will be used to support the MFB's Promise for Protein Program for 2018/2019. The Promise for Protein is a grant-funded program that allows MFB to purchase ground pork for ninety-nine cents a pound. It started in 2010 is a collaborativ...
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Clay Shoot for Hunger

June 9th started ominously, but the skies cleared just in time for our 9th Annual Clay Shoot for Hunger fundraiser. Nearly 200 shooters in teams of 4-5 took their best aim to reduce hunger in our communities. All of the profits went to the Peoria and Morton Midwest Food Bank locations. The Oak Ridge Sportsman's Club in Mackinaw, IL was the perfect ...
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Golfers Tee Up to Raise Funds

Friday, June 15, 2018, greeted us with radiant sunshine for the third annual Midwest Food Bank Golf Outing. Though it was a hot day, the LORD blessed us with a breeze, sunscreen, and many smiles - a great reminder of how fortunate we are. Golfers began registering at 11 am and received a delicious lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A. After we prayed over...
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A Beautiful Day for a Ride

  Illinois weather. If it's not what you want, stick around. It'll change soon. So it happened on Saturday, June 9, the day of the Food Bank Flyer, a bike ride to benefit Midwest Food Bank. The morning was beautiful for a bike ride, cool with no breeze. Suddenly, storm clouds appeared and a much-needed heavy rainfall began. It was much-needed,...
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Tea Time!

We had a delicious treat! Peoria Seva Mandal shared their homemade Chai tea with us after their volunteer time. They have faithfully served MFB for years and a true friendship has been created. We look forward to their smiles and willing hearts on Thursdays. 
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Birthday Blessings!

Samyuktha had heard about others asking for donations for Midwest Food Bank in lieu of birthday presents. She decided that she wanted to share in the joy of giving to others for her 6th Birthday!! Today, she and her parents brought in 162 pounds of food from her recent birthday party with friends to give to those in need! Happy Birthday Samyuktha!!...
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Trivia Night 2018

The Young Leaders of Midwest Food Bank - Peoria organized the 2 nd annual Trivia Night held in the warehouse. A packed house enjoyed team Trivia, prizes, games and a delicious spread of food. The questions were challenging but the teams were winning and cheering each other on. The Young Leaders consists of 8 professionals that have a heart to serve...
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A Walk to Serve

​ Students from Dunlap CUSD #323 Wilder-Waite Elementary arrived to participate in Project Impact. They do various activities and fundraisers to support different groups and organizations. This month they chose to walk 1 mile to Midwest Food Bank-Peoria to learn what we do, label cans, taste our delicious Tender Mercies meal and then walk back to s...
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Why we do what we do

People in difficult life circumstances often feel as though no one is on their side. The thought, "Who cares?" must run through their minds. At Midwest Food Bank, we want to respond with a reassuring, "We do!" We care, and that's why we do what we do. How many people appreciate what foster families really do for kids? We do , and that's why we supp...
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How Else Can They Learn?

One generation shall praise thy works to another -Psalm 145:4 It's a wonderful thing to see the joy of giving come alive in the eyes of children. We are blessed to be able to provide that learning experience at Midwest Food Bank. Many tasks in a warehouse setting are unsuitable for youngsters. Forklifts aren't usually driven by children. But there ...
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Glorious Saturdays

Want to give back to the community but find it hard to schedule that time in this fast-paced world? Then Midwest Food Bank's Glorious Saturdays are just what you need. Every Saturday, MFB offers volunteer opportunities for all ages and abilities. Walk-in with no appointment anytime from 9 a.m. to noon. We'll have something you can do to help others...
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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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