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Unique Programs at the Illinois-Bloomington Location


While Midwest Food Bank has a distinct mission and a steady set of values as an organization, God’s guidance has taken each of our locations on its own path of discovery and growth. We are proud that our community has provided enough support and volunteerism to fuel our own unique programs. Exclusive to the Bloomington location, these programs started as ideas from our volunteers and grew into compassionate acts of care that reach worldwide.


Backpack Program

Midwest Food Bank partners with Salvation Army to deliver food and personal care items to victims of disaster.  Several truckloads of Family Food Boxes are kept on hand at different locations so that within 24 hours of notification, trucks can be on the road to the disaster site. Each Family Food Box contains enough food for a family of five for four days.  A truckload consists of approximately 800 food boxes.

Meat Program

While many think of canned foods and non-perishable items as common donations to food pantries, we know that meat is an important part of many diets. To ensure that the people of Central Illinois have access to meat along with their canned goods, we’ve partnered with local meat companies. Gridley Meats and Steidinger Meats process hogs donated by local farmers for Midwest Food Bank.  IL Corn Growers, IL Soybean Growers, and IL Pork Producers provide funding for the processing.

NYC Thanksgiving

Holiday celebrations should be a special time to make memories with family and friends. Unfortunately, many holidays are centered around family meals, meaning that many people have to go without the lavish celebrations that many take for granted. Each November, Midwest Food Bank and Spread Truth take two semi loads of turkeys and all the “fixins” from Bloomington to New York City to provide Thanksgiving dinners for families in need there. This additional venture helps ensure that more families have the chance to share in creating happy memories together.