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New equipment helping MFB Florida

We get excited about equipment at Midwest Food Bank. That's because it helps us safely and efficiently fulfill our mission.At MFB Florida, the excitement is real because three pieces of equipment are now part of the fleet - a forklift, a refrigerated utility trailer, and a semi-truck."While the upfront equipment expense is costly, it ensures the re...

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MFB Peoria volunteer LaDonna found a cause to support

At work and at church LaDonna Orr was encouraged to serve and volunteer. She first volunteered with a group from work several years ago, and then a recent message at church about service re-enforced that idea."LaDonna is an amazing ambassador for Midwest Food Bank Peoria," says Dominica Rogers, Community Relations and Volunteer Manager.LaDonna reti...

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MFB Florida partner doing life-changing work.

One of the privileges of Midwest Food Bank is adding new non profit partners and learning about the work they do. MFB recently added Broken Butterflies to the list of agencies that get food, without charge, at the Florida warehouse.Broken Butterflies creates a long-term recovery plan for people with addictions. They reintroduce former prisoner...

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Intern Caitlyn a blessing to MFB Florida

As she finishes her college education and looks ahead to working in the nonprofit sector, MFB Florida intern Caitlyn says her experience helped her expand skills she will use in her professional career."I witnessed the incredible impact that a dedicated group of individuals can have on the lives of those in need. It was a privilege to be part of a ...

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East Hartford Public Schools a valuable partner of MFB New England

Staff and leadership at East Hartford Public Schools do what it takes to ensure students are ready for the classroom. That means identifying students that may be food insecure because a hungry child isn't an attentive learner."We want to support the whole child and address the needs to keep the students in the classroom," says Alexis Safo-Agye...

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Student volunteer finds community at MFB Florida

What started as a requirement ended up being an experience for Florida Gulf Coast University student Elise.She initially volunteered at Midwest Food Bank Florida for the Winter Harvest fundraising event as a service hour requirement for her degree. She has completed that requirement but also experienced the accomplishment of assisting others and co...

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MFB Pennsylvania partner feeding body, mind, and spirit

A bag of groceries feeds the body, mind, and spirit. That's what happens when clients drive through Gettysburg Baptist Church each month for their food distribution.The church ministers to a largely rural area in Adams County, Pennsylvania, providing a well-balanced variety of food groups and volunteers offering prayer and invitations. Recently a g...

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MFB Pennsylvania making changes to serve more people

Problem-solving has been the theme at Midwest Food Bank Pennsylvania for the last year or so. With current food partners requesting additional food and new partners being added, it was time to look at the warehouse and make improvements."Kudos to our staff, volunteers, and advisory board members who have been moving pallets, clearing out rack space...

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Tender Mercies meals packed at MFB New England

Volunteer groups at Midwest Food Bank New England know how to grab a hairnet, gloves, and measuring tools to help make a nutritious meal. We are grateful for the groups who recently hand-packed Tender Mercies. Tender Mercies was developed by dietitians for MFB and is a highly nutritious, low-cost blend of rice, beans, and fortified s...

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Challenging perceptions: "Why don't food-insecure people just get a job?"

Perceptions and reality don't always match up. You might be surprised to learn that 53% of food-insecure people work full-time.So, the suggestion "Why don't they just get a job?" falls flat for more than half the people choosing between putting gas in their car, paying a utility bill, or going to the grocery store.The USDA defines food insecurity a...

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MFB Morton volunteer sees a bigger picture

A Midwest Food Bank Morton volunteer sees the big picture when it comes to getting food to people that need it. Dave not only volunteers at MFB but also at Hidden Manna Food Pantry in Peoria. Hidden Manna is one of the nonprofits that receive food, without charge, from MFB.Hidden Manna is always in need of boxes to distribute food to their clients....

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Young volunteer a blessing at MFB Morton

When Henry isn't in school, you can most likely find him volunteering at Midwest Food Bank in Morton."It's fun, and I get to help people," he says.At 12 years old, Henry likes baseball and swimming. He also likes to volunteer. At MFB, he is "certified" in operating the hand-held pallet jack. The day he received that certification four years ago is ...

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MFB Pennsylvania blessed by Lives Changed by Christ

Lives Changed by Christ, a church with 19 locations in Pennsylvania, take their name to heart. It's a testament to the service they provide. The church partners with Midwest Food Bank Pennsylvania and assists in many ways. Food distribution days at MFB require many volunteers, and some men from LCBC volunteer for every distribution."We're able to s...

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10 things to know about dates on food

 Keep or pitch? That's the question everyone faces when cleaning out a refrigerator or a pantry. The date on the product is usually the determining factor if it stays or goes. But those dates are one of the biggest reasons that 30-40 percent of food in the United States is thrown away even though it is still safe to consume. The dates printed ...

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New advisory board member for MFB Texas

Midwest Food Bank Texas recently welcomed Roman Ray to the advisory board.  Roman is a General Manager for Luby's, and finds community events in the Dallas/Ft. Wirth area for the company. He is focused on networking and building programs at Luby's to give back to the community, especially children. Homelessness is in R...

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Crossroads Food Pantry a 'full service' partner agency of MFB Georgia

The best way to describe Crossroads Food Pantry is "full service." Located on the Thomas Crossroad Church campus, the pantry has grown in the last three years from a small cabinet of food to giving 2,000 pounds of food away every Monday. Crossroads is a nonprofit partner of Midwest Food Bank Georgia. "Our model is a grocery store environment where ...

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MFB Florida advisory board changes

There are a few changes in the MFB Florida advisory board with the retirement of president Stanley Sinn. WE're also blessed to welcome a well-qualified replacement.  Stan Sinn served as the first MFB Florida advisory board president for seven years. He retired from this role at the end of 2022.  "When you meet Stan, you can feel his ...

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Winter Harvest event an evening of blessings

Winter Harvest, MFB Florida's annual dinner and fundraising auction, was held on February 25 in downtown Fort Myers' premier location, Caloosa Sound and Convention Center. As in years past, Gunterberg Charitable Foundation was the sponsor. The night began with the honoring of Vietnam veteran Dennis Fahey by Brotherhood of Heroes' Dr. Carol Rae Cull...

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Teamwork abounds at MFB Morton, IL

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller One of Midwest Food Bank's Values is "Executing through Teamwork." MFB works as a team across all of our locations and within each division. We place a high priority on collaboration, many people working together to achieve a common goal. Here at MFB Morton, we get to obse...

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MFB Peoria part of Amazon Logistics for Good pilot program

MFB began a partnership with Amazon as a food donor in 2020. Since then, Amazon has provided loads of product across the MFB footprint and is a valued food donor for the organization. Some divisions have picked up Amazon Fresh regular loads - a tremendous source of nutritious and fresh food. That partnership continues to grow and expand in exciting...

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