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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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Welcome Patrick to the Team

In June, Midwest Food Bank welcomed Patrick Hodgkinsas the new Executive Director of the Arizona location. His background includes operations management rolesfor a variety of industries and in pastoral and Christian camping roles. Most recently, Patrick was the regional manager of Feed My Starving Children. While there, he increased their internati...

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Unexpected Blessings

So often it is the unexpected that is the greatest blessing. On June 28, Midwest Food Bank Arizona held its first off-site packing activity at the Desert Financial corporate offices in Tempe, AZ. Just 2 ½ weeks earlier a representative of Desert Financial was passing by MFB in Arizona and stopped in to see if we could fill the event gap left by ano...

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Coweta, Fayette aid tornado victims

TheCitizen.com Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 4:04pm Submitted by Ben Nelms Peachtree City food bank sends water to Oklahoma storm victims The Georgia Division of Midwest Food Bank located in Peachtree City is helping the tornado victims in Oklahoma by sending bottled water. Within two days of the tornado, Bracken Stubbs, Midwest Food Bank truck driver, pi...

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Charity Navigator 4 Star Rating!

Here at MFB, we unabashedly pray for God's guidance and provision to feed those in need. Our ability to meet this goal of service is only possible through all the dedicated volunteers and donors that trickle and sometimes pour through our doors on a weekly basis. It is because of our talented staff, these volunteers and donors that have earned Midw...

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Shopping at Amazon can benefit MFB

Amazon Smile is a program that directs 0.5% of the price of your purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. It's the same Amazon - same prices, same service. You are simply telling Amazon where you would like their chartable donations to go. When you sign up, you will be asked which charity you would like Amazon to support. In the sea...

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Shopping at Amazon can benefit MFB

Amazon Smile is a program that directs 0.5% of the price of your purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. It's the same Amazon - same prices, same service. You are simply telling Amazon where you would like their chartable donations to go. When you sign up, you will be asked which charity you would like Amazon to support. In the sea...

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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, they...

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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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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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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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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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Feed the 5,000 - new event

 Midwest Food Bank Morton hosted the first ever "Feed the 5,000" event in November 2017. Three Morton churches, Bethel Lutheran, Blessed Sacrament and Grace Church, participated by sponsoring the cost of a pallet of Tender Mercies. Volunteers from each church worked together to pack their pallet, too. A pallet of Tender Mercies feeds 5,280 peo...

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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 fill...

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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 event...

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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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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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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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