Providing Disaster Relief Work Where it Counts!
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it was apparent that, more than ever, there was a large population of people who were living under the poverty line, making food insecurity a very real concern for many American families. Realizing the possibility of expanding efforts from providing aid to local food drives to providing comprehensive support to areas struck by disaster, Midwest Food Bank got to work in planning ways to help.
Our current Disaster Relief page contains up-to-date information on any Disaster Relief Midwest Food Bank is currently providing. We ask that you pray for those who are displaced and hungry first, and if your need to help persists, please consider a monetary donation to Midwest Food Bank. Financial donations give us the flexibily to quickly and efficiently respond. $5,000 in donations invested allows MFB to provide a truckload of supplies valued at $30,000. To donate to our disaster relief efforts, click here. You may also text @MFB to 52014. Thank you for your concern and your heart to help those struggling from catastrophic circumstances.
Bringing Together a Disaster Relief Team
With prayer and passion, processes were put in place that would increase storage capacity, improve distribution efficiency, and serve more people in a more efficient manner. With the help of both longtime and new volunteers, the goal started to come to fruition. Even with this expanded reach, Midwest Food Bank’s services continued to come at no cost to the recipients.
Today, we have a fleet of trucks and a team of volunteer drivers who stand ready. Food donations are picked up from all across the country, delivered to our facilities, and distributed to those in need. As a first responder to The Salvation Army, we can have family food boxes on the road to a disaster site within 24 hours of a request. Each food box has enough food to feed a family of 4 for 4 to 5 days. Food items usually include: bagged pasta, spaghetti sauce, Ramen noodles, cereal, granola bars, instant meals (mac n cheese, hamburger helper), cans of soup, canned pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat or peanut butter, toilet paper, paper towels, candies, and a Bible or spiritual devotional book
Volunteers pack the boxes, load them on semis and drive them to affected areas.
Emergency Food Assistance
Midwest Food Bank's seven domestic warehouses provide support to the Midwest, South, and West regions of the country, while our international warehouses serve the eastern region of Africa and Haiti. Our fleet of trucks and team of dedicated volunteer drivers stand ready to serve the minute disaster strikes.
Our network of agency partners allow us to work with organizations across the country, ensuring that food is available when and where it is needed most. These food donations can be picked up from anywhere across the country and delivered to our facilities through our efficient distribution systems. Through direct disaster relief efforts and agency partnerships, over 3.6 million people impacted by disaster are served each year.