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Press Release


Date: March 11, 2021

Normal, IL - Midwest Food Bank

Midwest Food Bank COO/CFO Eric Hodel testified before the Congress Committee on Agriculture hearing on Thursday, March 11, 2021. The subject of the meeting was “A Look at Food Insecurity in America.” In addition to his position at MFB, Hodel manages his family farm of livestock and grain.

Hodel spoke of MFB programs and how they positioned the organization to respond to the needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. He commended the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program as a valuable resource for providing high-quality, nutritious food to their nonprofit partners. Expressing an interest in partnering in USDA programs, Hodel asked the Committee on Agriculture to collaborate across the Emergency Food System, including independent food banks.

“Alleviating hunger and malnutrition is a complex challenge requiring a multi-faceted solution,” says Hodel. “With cooperation, we will bridge the gap between poverty and prosperity for more American families.”

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: Jada Hoerr, Midwest Food Bank 309-310-0171 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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