The food insecurity crisis spreads beyond the borders of the United States and affects people in every corner of the globe. We have traveled to places where hunger is in its most destructive form and we’re on a mission to change that.
An estimated 257 million Africans are experiencing hunger, 20% of the continent’s population. Our work in East Africa has led us to some of the world’s largest and most notorious slums, where families live in unimaginable conditions. In these slums, numerous faith-based schools serve as an oasis and haven for thousands of children who would otherwise never attend school. In addition to teaching the basics, the schools provide warm, nutritious meals that keep many children from the brink of starvation. Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa) supports these nonprofits with Tender Mercies meals.
OUR NAME - KAPU AFRICA
Before Midwest Food Bank arrived, there were no “food banks” in Kenya. The concept didn’t exist. The team turned to Swahili-speaking locals who suggested the name, Kapu Africa. In Swahili, Kapu Africa means “the collection basket of Africa”.
Operating a food bank in a region where food is scarce has unique challenges. Food manufacturers and distributors have nowhere near as much surplus as in the United States. Food donations are harder to get and are usually based on a company's sense of social responsibility rather than a need to offload surplus.
Because Kapu Africa is blessed with faithful corporate support, we are able to collect and distribute donations on the same day. This eliminates the need for a distribution center and the security risks that come with storing food in an unoccupied building.
With the aid of faithful donors and volunteers, we will continue to serve East Africa's children and families. We are hopeful that others hear the call to help, and we remember that even in times of dire need, small acts can change the world.
For U.S. Correspondence:
Midwest Food Bank
c/o East Africa
700 Erie Ave
Morton, IL 61550
To learn about the origin of MFB East Africa, click here.