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Press Release


Date: February 18, 2021

Normal, IL - Midwest Food Bank

Midwest Food Bank is sending Disaster Relief to help victims of the rare winter storm in Texas. Every county in the state is under a state of emergency as they have received heavy snow, ice, and bitterly cold temperatures. The deadly storm has left millions without power.

The Salvation Army has requested over 4,000 family food boxes be sent to their facility in Arlington, Texas. More than one load of boxes is ready to ship from MFB Bloomington-Normal. Those will be loaded on a trailer and will leave for Texas this afternoon. A volunteer group will be completing a second load tonight for departure tomorrow morning. The remaining loads will be prepared tomorrow and throughout the weekend and will ship next week.

“We’re blessed to be able to help our neighbors to the South,” says Mike Hoffman, Procurement Director of Midwest Food Bank. “MFB is ready to continue to help Texans for as long as necessary.”

Family food boxes have enough shelf-stable food to feed a family of four for four to five days. As a Salvation Army First Responder, Midwest Food Bank can have relief on the road within 24 hours of a call.

“We see this as an opportunity to live out our mission of sharing the love of Christ,” says Tara Ingham, Executive Director of Midwest Food Bank Bloomington-Normal. “Our dedicated volunteers and generous donors allow MFB to bring help and hope to those in need.”

For those who wish to help, financial donations give Midwest Food Bank the flexibility to quickly and efficiently respond to the needs of the victims. To help cover the cost of the supplies or fuel needed to transport them, visit, and click on “Donate.” On the donation form, select “Disaster Relief” for the designation, or text @MFB to 52014 to donate.

Midwest Food Bank has 12 locations, including 10 in the U.S. and one each in East Africa and Haiti. For more information about Midwest Food Bank (of MFB Location), please visit their website at 

Contact: Tara Ingham, Midwest Food Bank 309-663-5350