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MFB Bloomington-Normal welcomes Volunteer Coordinator

Midwest Food Bank Bloomington-Normal extends a warm welcome to our new Volunteer Coordinator, Davis Dossett. His duties will include scheduling and training volunteers, and scheduling Community Center spaces, in addition to office work. Davis will be working weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to assist with evening volunteer and Community C...
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Enbridge blesses MFB Bloomington-Normal

Enbridge employees from Pontiac, IL volunteered on May 29 in a very unique way—by offering to do a 4 hour, skilled labor project. Most volunteer groups help repackage food, pack boxes, and complete other food distribution projects for a couple hours. We are blessed with all the groups that help! Enbridge takes volunteering at MFB a step further by ...
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Michael Andretti Foundation hosts MFB Indiana

On May 15, the Michael Andretti Foundation invited Midwest Food Bank Indiana to use the Andretti Autosport Gasoline Alley at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was an opportunity to say "Thank you" to some donors and sponsors just a few weeks before the Indy 500. About 65 people joined us for a practice day at the track. The day started with a 'me...
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June 2019 Update

2019 shipments Tender Mercies is the mainstay of our feeding efforts in Haiti. Tender Mercies is a low-cost, high-nutrition meal packet of chicken-seasoned rice and beans fortified with vitamins and protein. The third sea-container of 2019 is now in Haiti. These shipments have included over a half million servings of Tender Mercies. Storing the mea...
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MFB Haiti partners with Matthew 28 feeding ministry

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20 Midwest Food Bank Haiti is blessed to begin a partnership with Matthew 28 ministry, near Pignon,...
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Bottled water donation

As  valley temperatures start to flirt with triple digits, State Farm employees at the company's Marina Heights campus in Tempe, AZ just completed a hydration drive. The drive tripled its goal and garnered 160,000 bottles of water to donate to Midwest Food Bank Arizona. In order to be distributed the cases of water needed to be palletized. Ent...
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Arizona Tax Credit Grant

At Midwest Food Bank Arizona, we promote the Arizona Tax Credit as a benefit to donors. Arizona allows taxpayers the choice of giving tax payments to non-profit organizations rather than the state. Your charitable donations can have the dramatic effect of reducing your tax bill. (More details here. ) Believing that this is an amazing benefit to Ari...
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New Satellite Distribution

Satellite distributions allow Midwest Food Bank to share the blessings with non-profit feeding programs not close to us. Until now, Tucson was the only one satellite distribution for MFB Arizona.  May 2, 2019 was the first pick-up for distribution in Flagstaff, AZ. MFB Arizona has been working with the Flagstaff Family Food Center an...
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Heroes to the Homeless

Midwest Food Bank Arizona was one of three charitable organizations highlighted at the recent Arizona Multihousing Association event at the Phoenix Convention Center. Kowalski Construction invited us to join them at their booth and highlight food insecurity. The theme of the event was "The Hero in You." Visitors to the Kowalski Construction di...
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Pack The Pantries a community effort

  Midwest Food Bank Indiana is thankful for the support of Fox59 of Indianapolis. Each year, Fox 59 raises funds to divide between MFB Indiana and Gleaners Food Bank. During the campaign, Fox59 promotes donations, telling viewers where and how they can give. The fundraising effort culminates with an all-day telethon, this year held on April 12...
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Spreading food and truth

Here are a few of the recent sharing opportunities we had at Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa).   Spread Truth, a gospel-spreading ministry in Bloomington, Illinois, has been sharing Jesus' love with the hungry in Kenya. On the weekend of May 3-5, Pastor Hamisi Kirenga made a trip to Garissa, which is about 235 mi...
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Not your ordinary barn

Did you know that there is a Barn in Peachtree City that helps fight food insecurity? In 2017, Midwest Food Bank Georgia increased its capacity to serve our community by building a loading dock and a 3,600 sq. ft. storage building. When working with the contractor on the building design, the decision was made to put red siding on the building ...
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Welcome Tender Mercies to Georgia

Tender Mercies is a meal program of Midwest Food Bank and is making its "packing" debut here in Georgia. It is a low cost, high nutrition meal packet, consisting of chicken seasoned rice and beans fortified with vitamins and protein. Over the past couple of years, Midwest Food Bank has packed millions of these nutritious meals at our facilities in ...
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MFB Peoria receives truck grant

Thanks to funding dollars from Walmart Foundation, Community Foundation of Central IL, and Ameren IL MFB Peoria has a new refrigerated box truck.  This truck will replace a well-used, smaller sprinter van used for our daily grocery donation pickups and other refrigerated donations and/or deliveries. Our volunteer box truck drivers tr...
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Tender Mercies from teenagers

Teenagers these days …  have a heart for service. During the month of April, the Morton Division worked with about 400 teens and grade school students packing Tender Mercies meals and re-packaging food products.  Metamora High School students ended a testing day by gathering in the gym and working together to pack a total of 15,000 Tender...
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Grants increase nutritional offerings to students

Two grants were recently awarded to Midwest Food Bank's Backpack Program. Illinois Prairie Community Foundation's gift of $3000 and Kiwanis Bloomington Golden K's gift of $1500 will both help to purchase of a shelf-stable fruit product as a new addition to the program for the 2019-2020 school year.  The Backpack Program provides food for the w...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 i...
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