The COVID-19 virus has disrupted every life in the areas we serve. Businesses have suspended or curtailed operations and schools have closed. Information, closures and CDC recommendations change frequently. The interruption of normal life is having an effect on people's ability to provide food for themselves and their families. As developments unfold, it is Midwest Food Bank's intention to continue operations with some limitations and changes to everyday procedure.
MFB has been in contact with our partner, The Salvation Army, and are helping with Disaster Relief. Semi-loads of family food boxes have been sent and more have been requested. MFB has supplies on hand to make more family food boxes, but will be limiting the number of volunteers at each packing opportunity per CDC recommendations. Please check this site or the Facebook page of your local MFB for updated information.
Monetary donations give Midwest Food Bank the ability to most efficiently and quickly supply help to those in crisis. Those wishing to help cover the cost of supplies or the fuel needed to transport Disaster Relief loads may do so by texting @MFB to 52014 to donate, or using the form below. On the form, select “Disaster Relief” for the designation.
Volunteers assemble, pack and drive the boxes to disaster sites and the Salvation Army distributes them to those in need. Family food boxes boxes contain enough shelf-stable food to feed a family of four for 4 to 5 days. As a Salvation Army First Responder, Midwest Food Bank can have supplies on the road within 24 hours of being called.
Thirty semi-loads of disaster relief were sent to victims in 2019. This includes hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and family food boxes. Despite bureaucratic difficulties, MFB worked with other non-profits to get Disaster Relief to the victims of Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas.
Disaster Relief sent in 2019 included:
• Flooding victims in Omaha, NE, Davenport, IA, Jerseyville, Harding, and East Carondelet, IL, Harlingen, Arlington, and Beaumont, TX.
• Tornado victims in Jefferson City, MO, and Dayton, OH.
• Hurricane Dorian victims in West Palm Beach, FL and The Bahamas.
Midwest Food Bank is blessed to be able to provide a way for people to help support our neighbors. Here are the ways you can bring help and hope:
1. Pray for those who are displaced and hungry. Their best help will come from the LORD.
2. Donate financially. Midwest Food Bank has many buying partnerships, and with our not-for-profit status, we will maximize your donation, increasing your purchasing power. Funds will be used to purchase food for Disaster Relief boxes and to cover the cost of transporting them. Any funds received that go beyond the needs for specific disasters will assist in future disasters.
To make a donation, text @MFB to 52014, or please use the form above.
Please watch the Facebook page of your local Midwest Food Bank for volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your concern and your heart to help our those who are suffering loss.