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MFB Welcomes Kellie Bray to National Board

Kellie Bray, Chief of Staff at CropLife America in Washington, D.C., has joined the Midwest Food Bank National Board of Directors. Her extensive background in organizational leadership resonates perfectly with the mission of MFB. Kellie hails from Cameron, Missouri, and holds a bachelor's degree in general agriculture and political science from the...

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Donor Advised Funds (DAF) a way to partner with MFB

Midwest Food Bank values our donors and we steward every gift with integrity. We frequently receive questions about various ways to give to MFB and one mechanism - Donor-Advised Funds - is a way donors have partnered with MFB to achieve their giving goals and benefit our mission. A Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) is a type of giving program that allows yo...

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MFB Welcomes New Employees

BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, IL New Agency Coordinator Sees MFB's Community Impact Midwest Food Bank Bloomington-Normal welcomes Erin Jennings as the new Agency Coordinator. She brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to nonprofit advocacy to our mission. In her role, Erin will foster strong relationships with the non-profit agencies we serve. A...

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MFB Volunteers: December 2023 Spotlights

GEORGIA Finding Purpose in Volunteering David Cochran, a long-time resident of Georgia, has found solace and purpose in his volunteer work at Midwest Food Bank Georgia. David's life took a significant turn when he lost his beloved wife and best friend, Kathy, nearly three years ago. In search of a way to occupy his time and stay grounded, he began ...

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MFB Community and Business Support: December 2023

FLORIDABringing Hope and Positive Change Three separate community groups recently demonstrated their support of the MFB Florida mission. Publix and the United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades joined forces for a day of volunteering, and the New Hope Presbyterian Church sent a volunteer group of over 25 teenagers to repackage bulk food.During Publix S...

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Leading the Fight Against Food Insecurity

Imagine a genuinely humble company that understands winning a prestigious title or getting recognized is not something to glow about. It is not the end goal. At Midwest Food Bank (MFB), we see it as a reflection of something much deeper. A culture committed to making an impact in the lives of others, driven by God's mission. A culture where the com...

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MFB Non-Profit Partners: December 2023 Spotlights

ARIZONA These Volunteers are Here-To-Serve Midwest Food Bank Arizona serves 280 non-profit partner agencies, providing them with food free of charge. Here-To-Serve Ministry of Eagles Wings Faith Center International is a valuable ally in our mission to combat food insecurity and bring hope to underserved communities. Here-To-Serve is a beacon of co...

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MFB Event Report: December 2023

FLORIDA Shoot Down Hunger MFB Florida's annual "Shoot Down Hunger" clay shoot event on November 4th at the Bermont Shooting Club in Punta Gorda attracted over 80 participants, uniting the community in support of their mission to combat food insecurity. This event showcased the power of unity in addressing hunger and emphasized that even leisure act...

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The highs and lows of Texas

Not everything is bigger in Texas, after all. Texas is the second-largest state in terms of landmass, trailing behind Alaska. And it's second in population, as well, behind California. Texas also follows behind California in terms of annual GDP. Here are five astonishing facts about Texas that will leave you scratching your head when you read the c...

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Hope Packs: Fighting childhood hunger

Childhood should be a time of joy and exploration, but for millions of children, poverty casts a shadow over their lives. One of the most pressing challenges they face is hunger. Today, 1 in 6 children in the United States lives in a food-insecure household, which means approximately 18 million children are struggling with hunger. This hunger affec...

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Kapu Africa partner working for God's glory

Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa) has recently been able to help the impoverished Samburu people, located in north central Kenya. A donation of 4 tonnes of Tender Mercies and Unimix has not only filled empty stomachs but has also nourished souls, supporting the mission of sharing the gospel and scriptures with the people there. While the ...

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God at work through Kapu Africa

After two years of patient dialogue, Kapu Africa (MFB East Africa) is blessed by the SOS Children's Villages recognizing the potential of Tender Mercies, and agreeing to incorporate it into their emergency relief program. This followed our collaborative relief during the COVID pandemic. Godwin Matswa, of Kapu Africa, was part of the team that ...

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MFB empowering Haitian farmers

At Midwest Food Bank Haiti, we believe in the power of partnerships to transform lives. Our collaboration with Overture International (OI) exemplifies this belief.Through our community farm program, we've provided land and support to 60 local Haitian farmers. Typically, we purchase rice and beans from them once a year, ensuring a steady income for ...

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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 ...

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Midwest Food Bank's role in food rescue

For the first time in history, enough food is produced to feed everyone. Globally, farmers are growing over 22 billion pounds of produce every day, enough to provide every person on the planet almost twice, according to the Farm Link Project. It's not about having enough food; it's about getting the roughly 30-40% of the wasted US food supply into ...

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MFB Georgia partner helping people in need

Located at 1017 Hank Aaron Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30315, Emmaus House has been a pillar of support for over 50 years, primarily serving the Peoplestown community and its surrounding areas. Here is a look at their essential work and their partnership with Midwest Food Bank Georgia. Who Does Emmaus House Serve and How? Emmaus House offers crucial servic...

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MFB Georgia adds remote distribution in Tennessee

Midwest Food Bank continues to expand and provide more food to more people. One way that happens is through remote distributions coordinated with staff at an MFB site and volunteers in another region or state. This model means MFB doesn't have to have a permanent warehouse in every area and is a cost-effective way to fulfill our mission. This year,...

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MFB New England partner positively impacting its community

Since its founding in February of 1980, The House of Bread in Hartford, Connecticut, has been a beacon of hope for the most needy in the Hartford community. Co-founders Sister Maureen Faenza, CSJ, Theresa Fonti, CSJ, embarked on a mission to assist the hungry and homeless in Hartford's North End, initially welcoming 17 guests. Today, The ...

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MFB New England volunteers inspire others

At Midwest Food Bank New England, the volunteer culture revolves around essential qualities like selflessness, humility, kindness, and a spirit of service. Among the dedicated volunteers, Rick and Ann Mahoney not only align with this culture but also bring it to life.Volunteering is a way of life for Rick and Ann, instilled from a young age by thei...

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Volunteer supported by MFB Indiana family

Volunteers at Midwest Food Bank Indiana come through the doors filled with compassion and a shared purpose to uplift their community. Our volunteers not only serve people in need, but they become a family to each other, sharing life events. Those events can be celebrations of joy or times of grief. Sue Haymaker's story began over five years ago. "I...

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