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MFB Pennsylvania partner serving body, mind, and spirit

A bag of groceries can be the start of something that transforms a life. That's how staff and volunteers at The Salvation Army in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, see food assistance. "We want to introduce other programs like nutrition education, employment assistance, workforce development, and education opportunities," says Jenny Gallager Blom, pro...

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Volunteer loves serving at MFB Peoria

Like most people, Darrell Pine planned and looked forward to retirement. His goal was to retire without financial worries or demands. So, when he punched out for the last time from Caterpillar last year, he knew he wanted to spend time at the gym, play some pickleball and softball, go fishing and explore photography.But he also doesn't take this ti...

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Volunteer's life experiences enhance her work at MFB Peoria

When Whitney Creath lifts a heavy box during food distribution days, she knows she is lightening the load for a family. She knows because, as a teenager, her family relied on food banks, Ramen noodles, and peanut butter and jelly for some difficult years."I remember thinking, 'when I grow up, I want to be an adult that helps make things better...

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New MFB Marketing Director experiences God's timing

How Melanie Tennell became the new Marketing Director at MFB is a "God story." She felt a little unsettled in her previous position at Pekin Insurance when her former boss Jackie reached out to her. Jackie connected Melanie with her acquaintance, Jada Hoerr, MFB Chief Resource Officer. "God's timing prevails," says Melanie. "Every. Single. Tim...

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Caleb receives food from Midwest Food Bank

This story is written by Danielle Witzig, a Nutrition and Dietetics student intern volunteering at MFB.Caleb Sawe is currently studying at Illinois State University and receives from an MFB Bloomington-Normal agency, School Street Food Pantry. Caleb is an international graduate student from Nigeria, West Africa. With only $900 in hand upo...

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Brent Carl leaves MFB New England

"I am absolutely convinced that nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus has embraced us. This is one of Brent Carl's favorite quotes from the Apostle Paul (Romans 8:38-39). It continues to grace the wall of our Volunteer Manager office, offering an ongoing reminder of Brent's even calmness, kindly influence, and deep...

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MFB Morton volunteer finds driving a 'good fit'

"I have never in my life wondered where my next meal will come from," says Daniel. "MFB is making that a reality for others who aren't as fortunate." While Daniel has done some shorter local runs, most of his driving is longer hauls teamed with other drivers. He has completed several Disaster Relief runs to Florida and has made the Thanksgiving tri...

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Finding purpose and community at MFB Georgia

The prayer board in the MFB Georgia warehouse is in memory of Herman Spinney. Herman passed away over three years ago. He was a volunteer at our warehouse who had a significant impact on the people around him. Herman's volunteer spirit lives on in his daughter, Cynthia Krantz. When Herman began volunteering at MFB Georgia, Cynthia saw renewed ...

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MFB Indiana participates in The Christmas Experience

On Saturday, December 10, 2022, MFB Indiana participated in "The Christmas Experience" at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Parents of over 260 families were invited to attend and shop from a free store of toys to give their children for Christmas. It didn't end with toys. There was gift wrapping and a pair of shoes available for each child. Groceries...

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MFB Georgia receives Chick-fil-A grant

We have exciting news! Your vote counted! Midwest Food Bank Georgia has been named a 2023 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award grant recipient! We have received $200,000 to continue our work in bridging the gap between poverty and prosperity in our communities. "Our grant team and staff are appreciative of all your support in voting for Midwest ...

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Celebrating Christmas with Kapu Africa partner Bondeni Rescue Center

Children bring the gift of excitement, joy, and smiles at Christmas. Kapu Africa experienced that when they celebrated Christmas with the children of Bondeni Rescue Center in Athiriver. Kapu Africa (MFB East Africa) provides food to Bondeni, a seven-year-old school housing about 90 boys and girls aged two to 17. It also provides support to abo...

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MFB Morton 2022 volunteer numbers

MFB Morton volunteers showed up big time in 2022. Have a look at the numbers: "Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization," says Lisa Martin, Executive Director of MFB Morton. "We could not do this amount of work and reach so many people without the many hours they spend in the Morton warehouse." The volunteer impact reaches far and wide...

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MFB New England volunteers 'thinking outside the box'

Friends and volunteers Janice Grant and Phil Crosby help Midwest Food Bank, New England, one box at a time. Actually, it's about 1,000 boxes a month. Their volunteer time is one of the many ways volunteers make it all happen at Midwest Food Bank. Janice and Phil are active in two area food pantries. They discovered MFB about a year ago when they dr...

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Kapu Africa partner feeding children in 'dumpsite community'

The words dumpsite and community don't seem like they go together. But for about 15 million people around the globe, their community and home are in a dumpsite.Staff and volunteers at Kapu Africa have witnessed dumpsite communities with their own eyes. They see the many dangers. The statistics are the people standing before them, scavenging for foo...

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New MFB Arizona Volunteer Coordinator called by God

 When Midwest Food Bank opens a new location, one of the first tasks is finding and equipping volunteers. When MFB Arizona was established in 2016, Linda Siggins was the person that took on that role. While she left MFB for a time, we are grateful she has returned as the Volunteer Coordinator this year. "Linda has a warm smile and a heart...

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MFB Pennsylvania volunteer brings energy and fun

Julie DeBoard hadn't heard of Midwest Food Bank Pennsylvania until Kathy Anderson-Martin told her that she had accepted the position of Executive Director."I knew Kathy from when she worked at the Salvation Army," says Julie. "When she told me she was going to work for MFB, I decided to check it out, and I've been here ever since.Julie started help...

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MFB New England partner Fern Street Backpacks blessing families

Backpacks not only hold books and homework. For some students, backpacks are how food is sent home for the weekend. Fern Street Backpacks is one of the food partners of Midwest Food Bank New England. They receive food, without charge, from MFB to put in the backpacks sent home to students in West Hartford Public Schools."We hope to provide sustenan...

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Kapu Africa partner REM provides hope for a future

The photo looks ordinary at first - smiling high school students in their graduation gowns, throwing their caps in the air. Except the photo is anything but ordinary. It's extraordinary. "This is what it looks like to radically transform the slums of Nairobi with the love and hope of Jesus Christ," says Chad Parker, GOYA Ministries founder and an a...

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Kapu Africa participates in International Day of the Girl

Last fall, around the globe, organizations celebrated International Day of the Girl. Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa), was one of those organizations that celebrated by visiting a school where girls receive an education, a nutritious meal, undergarments, and sanitary products. Christine Mutsoli, Executive Director of Kapu EA, spoke ...

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MFB welcomes two new national board members

Have you ever wondered what a nonprofit board does? Like all nonprofits, Midwest Food Bank is governed by a board of Directors. These twelve volunteers provide strategic and financial oversight for the organization. Additionally, each of the twelve MFB locations has an advisory board. While the employees lead the daily operations, the board pl...

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