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June Newsletter

Letter from the Executive Director "My Privilege and Our Potential" I have had the privilege of being part of the Midwest Food Bank family for almost 3 years now. I've searched for a word that best describes this organization. The only word that keeps coming up is "SPECIAL". This is a special place, it is a special organization, started by a specia...

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May Newsletter

 Volunteer Spotlight "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." –Dr. Suess Our volunteers do care a whole awful lot…already this year we have been blessed by over 1,432 different volunteers serving for 10,420 hours.

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Small guy with a big heart

When donations come from children, they really touch our hearts. It is special to see them learning unselfishness and compassion at a young age. And it reminds us of how we want to be as adults. One such donation came in to our facility recently. AJ Crowe turned his 11th birthday party into an opportunity to bless others. He brought in a donation o...

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Expansion Project

Here are a few photos of our expansion project. It is very exciting to see the progress on the building, knowing that in the very near future, tens of thousands of pounds of food will begin flowing across the loading dock to help feed hungry people. Please consider making a donation to help us cover the cost of the expansion. 

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What the Lord has done

"This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes." - Psalm 118:23 In 2003, David Kieser and his family stepped out in faith to start Midwest Food Bank out of their family farm in Mclean County, Illinois. Food donations are gathered and freely distributed to agencies to give away. In the last 14 years, MFB has grown into 8 different loca...

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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 suppo...

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First Distribution!

 First official distribution at the Ft. Myers division of Midwest Food Bank on Tuesday. 11 agencies picked up almost 1600 cases of food to help those in need. Thanks to all the great volunteers for a great day!

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Harvest Recovery House in Action

John and Sarah Huffman who lead the Harvest Recovery House Ministry, a 501 ( c ) 3 organization are taking it to the streets. The Harvest Recovery House is a ministry that goes outside the walls of the church and meets those most in need. John and Sarah take teams of people to minister through love, compassion, food and prayer to the communities of...

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Camp Fire Youth Kick Off Week of Serving Non-Profits Statewide

Camp Fire knows that the youth of today want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the experience everyone needs to discover who they are - find their spark - and become a leader now. Camp Fire provides young people opportunities to contribute to their community through meaningful service and leadership experiences. Midwest Food Bank and Camp Fire...

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1st AnnuaL Gala and live Auction Event Midwest Food Bank

4 Edison Ford Estate Tours 4 Audio Tours of Edison Ford Estate & Guide Book Anonymous 2 x $25 Gift Certificates 2 x $25 Reese's Restaurant Gift Certificates Reese's Restaurant 3 Day 2 Night Stay 3 Day 2 Night Stay at Tween Water's Inn Tween Waters Inn 3 Gift Certificates 3 Gift Certificates for Breakfast for Two & Coffee or Tea Marti's Fami...

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Homeless Veteran Standdown at City of Palms Park

Ft. Myers, Fl- Midwest Food Bank - Florida partnered this year with the Lee County Homeless Veteran Standdown that took place at the City of Palms Park Saturday, January 23rd. David Kieser (founder) and Paul Csotty (Dir. Community Relations) with several volunteers helping, provided blankets, M.R.E.'s (Military Ready to Eat), fruit, paper products ...

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Midwest Food Bank Responds to Flooding Disaster in the South

Fort Myers, Fl- The Illinois and Indiana Divisions of the Midwest Food Bank have responded to the disastrous flood conditions in Texas and Louisiana. Midwest Food Bank is a first hope responder with The Salvation Army to provide food and essentials during disasters. A call came in to Mike Hoffman, Director of Operations with Midwest Food Bank, that...

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Auction item list, so far

Fort Myers Midwest Food Bank Gala and Auction January 14, 2017 Appetizers and Auction Preview - 4:30 pm Dinner and Auction - 5:30 pm Tickets are $50 each or $400 for a table of 8 Call Midwest Food Bank Florida 239.690-1722 Auction Items 1. Ark Encounter Package - Williamstown, Kentucky 2 Day pass for 4, plus $100 VISA card 2. Basket - Home Spa 3. B...

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New volunteer group now a regular

At a missions event at her church, Karen Linklater heard about the volunteer opportunities we have at Midwest Food Bank Florida. The stories she heard sparked a passion in her. Karen is now a lead volunteer here, and a group from her church, Faith UMC, recently gave of their time to help those in need. Faith UMC is now planning a monthly volunteer ...

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Monthly distribution

Once a month, we do a direct food distribution at the Cape Coral Veterans Memorial sponsored by the Gunterberg Foundation. It's an amazing opportunity for us to see the people on the receiving end of our donations. Here are some pictures of our most recent distribution. Take note of the group posed in front of the MFB truck. It's Heidi Basik with a...

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Bringing relief to disaster workers

 A wildfire burned hundreds of acres of grassland in Miami-Dade County, Florida over the weekend, producing dangerous smoke. High winds contributed to the spread of the fire, creating a possible disaster situation. Midwest Food Bank Florida donated and delivered water and supplies to the Collier County Sheriff's Office for agencies working tog...

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Water given in His name

 "God has brought water to Immokalee today!" This was the good news announced by Mark of St. Matthew's House. Upon hearing that the water in Immokalee was not sanitary, Karl Steidinger, Director of Operations for Midwest Food Bank Florida, made a phone call to see if MFB could help. He was soon on the road with a semi load of bottled water. Th...

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Grant from Walmart provides truck

 Walmart has awarded Midwest Food Bank Florida an $80,000 grant to purchase a refrigerated box truck to serve those in need. Expected to arrive in January 2018, this blessing will allow MFB to expand the number of agencies served. "The truck from Walmart will be a tremendous help in picking up and delivering food donations, says Karl Steidinge...

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Foundation still "Dewing" it

Midwest Food Bank has recently purchased a semi-tractor for the Arizona division, thanks to a grant from the Dew Foundation in Tyler, TX. This generous gift is already on its way south to its new home. "I think it's significant that on its way to our warehouse, the truck is delivering a load to the Navajo Nation," says Eric Sheldahl, Director of th...

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First food given from MFB Arizona

December 13 was an exciting day for Midwest Food Bank Arizona, as we were able to provide food for an agency. Fifty boxes of food were given to Native Health, an agency which provides health and wellness services to all people. Volunteers Peter and Blenda Lott were on hand to load the boxes into their pickup. The food will serve Health Start (for p...

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