As we near the end of 2020 it's hard to know what holidays will look like this year. The large family gatherings or church traditions may be different but one thing stays the same - the desire to bring meaning to Christmas by helping those around us. We thought it would be helpful to provide some ideas (links below) on how to give and experience hope and joy as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. 

1. Volunteer. Did you know that families serve together at Midwest Food Bank? We often have three generations working together at MFB and would like to have your family, too. Contact us today to learn about how to get a date on our calendar.

2. Children's activities. Download the MFB holiday activity kit for kids. They can do puzzles and color, all while learning about food insecurity.

3. Enhance your worship. MFB has assembled an Advent devotional, written by individuals from our partner nonprofit agencies.

4. Fast. Skip a meal and discuss food insecurity and hunger. Pray for those who struggle.

Unique ways to donate:

5. #GivingTuesday. Midwest Food Bank is participating in Giving Tuesday - the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to charitable giving. Donations will be accepted through the end of the year and a gift of $100 funds 500 of our nutritious Tender Mercies meals. 

6. Hope Packs. Donations can also be directed to our Hope Packs program and sponsor one child.

7. Honor a loved one. Make a donation in the amount of your choice to honor that hard-to-buy-for relative or friend. A tribute gift can be a special way of remembering someone no longer with us.

8. Food gifts. Spare change really can make a change. Gather that spare change and use it to buy items to donate. MFB and food pantries can always use canned vegetables, canned meats, peanut butter, and pasta.

We extend our warm wishes for a happy and meaningful holiday season. As we go through Thanksgiving and approach Christmas, we extend our gratitude to you - our donors and volunteers who help us achieve our mission. Your partnership and prayers matter.