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MFB Georgia volunteer an example of resilience

As an athletic director, Leon Hammond wants his student athletes to learn not just about wins and losses. He wants them to learn how to be resilient, face challenges and care about the people around them. Leon is McIntosh High School's AD and regularly brings students to Midwest Food Bank Georgia to volunteer."He believes in teaching the younger ge...

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Retired driver gives back by volunteering at MFB Georgia

After 45 years in the trucking industry, Eddie Percy isn't tired of getting behind the wheel. In 2013 he retired from US Foods but was still willing to log more miles."I saw an article in the newspaper about Midwest Food Bank, and I decided to check them out," says Eddie. They needed a driver, and that was a perfect fit for me."Eddie has been a reg...

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Safety is a priority for MFB Florida

There are many moving parts, people, and equipment during food distribution days at the Midwest Food Bank Florida warehouse.MFB staff ensure that food is ready and that volunteers and staff are ready to safely accomplish the goal of meeting the needs of our food partners. MFB is committed to safety training so everyone is prepared for these busy wa...

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MFB Florida takes volunteer project on the road

When corporate groups volunteer at Midwest Food Bank Florida, there is an atmosphere of teamwork and collaboration. MFB staff always enjoy the liveliness of these groups. Usually, these events happen at the MFB warehouse, but it was more fitting to take the event to the group recently."MFB recently received a special request to organize a bulk-prod...

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CCC volunteers learn about MFB Florida's mission

When volunteers from Crossover Community Center packed Cheez-It's at Midwest Food Bank Florida, it was a natural extension of their programs. CCC is a local nonprofit that uses the biblical principles of love and servanthood through active faith in Jesus Christ. They provide programs like volunteering, sports, and education to reach young people."T...

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Kapu Africa's efforts to reduce stunting

A healthy start is a challenge for children in East Africa. That start can impact them for the rest of their life. Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa) isn't backing away from big goals to provide that healthy start by reducing stunting in Kenya and across East Africa.  What is stunting?  It is when a child has a low height fo...

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MFB Haiti is sharing the love of Christ in troubled times

Midwest Food Bank Haiti continues to fight food insecurity in difficult times. Corruption, violence, natural disasters, poverty, and lack of leadership plague Haiti. Your support of MFB Haiti is vital, allowing us to provide food to food-insecure Haitians.MFB Haiti has committed to sending packets of seasoning to Overture International in Hait...

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Volunteer finds 'his people' at MFB New England

A strong work ethic is part of Rick Callahan's DNA. At 12 years old, he had a paper route and has been working ever since. He retired after 37 years at Traveler's Insurance and then picked up a couple of part-time jobs. During those work years, Rick always wanted to volunteer, but he was often on-call and couldn't volunteer as often as he wanted to...

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New MFB Georgia employee brings a wealth of experience

A conversation in the grocery store turned into Tricia Jacoby joining the Midwest Food Bank Georgia staff. She ran into MFB employee Lina Martin in the store and shared her desire to give back to her community as she entered the empty nest years. Tricia joined the staff in late March as a part-time volunteer coordinator."We are thrilled to have som...

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Kapu Africa held two distributions in Busia County

"See what the Lord has done … what we were praying for and waiting for!"That was the message delivered at a Kapu Africa food distribution the second week of May. It was one of two in Busia County. The first was at Compassion International at the Anglican Church in Buduma CDC, and the second was at the Anglican Church at Busiada. Over 500 families r...

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Kapu Africa partner giving hope

At Easter this year, children in Nairobi, Kenya, received food and special treats from Kapu Africa. The food was a way for MFB to assist a partnering agency in its work with orphans and vulnerable children."Elroi Children's Home became our partner in 2021," says Christine Mutsoli, Executive Director of Kapu Africa. "Our Easter donation brought trem...

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MFB distribution volunteers have fun, build family

Midwest Food Bank volunteers are known for their ability to work hard and have fun. That combination happens for a week each month when food is distributed to Midwest Food Bank's nonprofit partners. It is especially helpful if volunteers can commit to one or more days regularly for food distribution. Our current volunteers are ready to help train a...

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MFB Texas partner agency putting smiles on clients' faces

The Northeast Emergency District (NEED) is meeting the needs of the food-insecure population of Haltom City and Hurst, TX. MFB Texas is pleased to have them as a nonprofit agency partner. Anyone in need can come to NEED once a month for a cartload of groceries. Over 5,000 people take advantage of this help every year. In addition to food, once a ye...

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MFB launches new inventory system at Normal, IL, location

MFB Normal has implemented a new inventory system, paving the way for MFB's other locations. The system, Primarius, includes scanning bar codes on pallets, which is quite different from the 20 years of using Excel spreadsheets. An implementation team has been meeting weekly for 18 months to prepare for the launch. The switch took a great deal of pl...

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MFB Indiana advisory board welcomes two new members

Executive Director, Marcie Luhigo, Midwest Food Bank, Indiana is proud to announce Lisa A. Patton Patton and M. Paige Oliver have joined the Indiana Advisory Board. Lisa A. Patton is the Senior Corporate Relations Manager for the American Cancer Society of Indiana where she engages the corporate community to support the efforts in raising funds and...

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Happy Tails a valuable partner of MFB Arizona

Independence and hope are two things Happy Tails Service Dogs provide to their clients in the Phoenix area. For more than 25 years, this nonprofit has helped people with disabilities train their own service dogs, all free of charge. These weekly classes, held for 15 months, give their clients the tools to train their dogs in up to 25 commands speci...

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MFB Arizona partner agency turned hurt into help

Grief was channeled into faithfulness 15 years ago when Georgina Johnston's two-year-old daughter passed away.During that time, Georgina's sister suggested they do something for the Lord. That something was taking $500 of their own money to buy food, taking it to the streets of Phoenix, Chandler, and Mesa, and giving it to people who need it. ...

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MFB Normal, IL, partner agency builds relationships

Like many food pantries, Livingston County Food Pantry saw an increase in people needing food during the pandemic. They shifted their operations but remained open because building a relationship with their clients is vital to them, says Bill Fairfield, a volunteer."Midwest Food Bank has partnered with Livingston Food Pantry for over 13 years," says...

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MFB Georgia partner agency serving effectively

With just five volunteers, Manna From Above gets food and hygiene products to 11,000 people each year. They are one of the nonprofits that receive food, free of charge, from Midwest Food Bank, Georgia."Manna From Above runs an efficient operation effectively serving those in need," says Gail Frantz, Operations Manager at MFB. Recently, Manna From A...

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A look at MFB Peoria's distribution in Harlan, KY

What happens when you connect the resources of Midwest Food Bank and a corporate donation? 968 food boxes get delivered every week to people that live below the poverty line.For several years MFB Peoria has delivered food to Harlan, Kentucky, where 43 percent of the population has an income below the poverty line. A semi of food is loaded at the wa...

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