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MFB Normal's dual partnership with Wesley United Methodist Church

If you come to Midwest Food Bank Bloomington-Normal, you will likely meet someone from Wesley United Methodist Church.They contribute to MFB in many ways - forklift drivers, first impression volunteers, SWAT Team (Sorting Wonderful Amazon Things), truck drivers, and leaders on food distribution days. Groups from the church also come to help with vo...

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MFB Bloomington-Normal looking for Loyal Loaders

"Loyal loaders" are the people that show up regularly at Midwest Food Bank Bloomington/Normal during food distribution weeks. It's that loyalty that really makes the process smooth. Currently, MFB needs volunteers that can commit each month to become one of those "loyal loaders."What does that mean?Typically, distribution week is the first ful...

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Safety is a priority for MFB Florida

There are many moving parts, people, and equipment during food distribution days at the Midwest Food Bank Florida warehouse.MFB staff ensure that food is ready and that volunteers and staff are ready to safely accomplish the goal of meeting the needs of our food partners. MFB is committed to safety training so everyone is prepared for these busy wa...

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MFB Florida takes volunteer project on the road

When corporate groups volunteer at Midwest Food Bank Florida, there is an atmosphere of teamwork and collaboration. MFB staff always enjoy the liveliness of these groups. Usually, these events happen at the MFB warehouse, but it was more fitting to take the event to the group recently."MFB recently received a special request to organize a bulk-prod...

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CCC volunteers learn about MFB Florida's mission

When volunteers from Crossover Community Center packed Cheez-It's at Midwest Food Bank Florida, it was a natural extension of their programs. CCC is a local nonprofit that uses the biblical principles of love and servanthood through active faith in Jesus Christ. They provide programs like volunteering, sports, and education to reach young people."T...

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MFB Morton sending Disaster Relief to tornado, flooding victims

This year, a record number of disasters in the United States means Midwest Food Bank volunteers have been assembling food boxes to respond. In the first half of 2023, 20 loads of water, food boxes, hygiene kits and cleaning supplies were sent to support disaster victims.In June, semi-loads of water and food went from MFB's Disaster Relief...

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MFB Morton receives the blessing of two grants

Community partnerships offer great benefits to Midwest Food Bank and those we serve. MFB Morton recently received two separate grants that assist in day-to-day operations. The first was a $1,500 grant from the Morton Community Foundation. The mission of the Morton Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life for Morton area...

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Retired driver gives back by volunteering at MFB Georgia

After 45 years in the trucking industry, Eddie Percy isn't tired of getting behind the wheel. In 2013 he retired from US Foods but was still willing to log more miles."I saw an article in the newspaper about Midwest Food Bank, and I decided to check them out," says Eddie. They needed a driver, and that was a perfect fit for me."Eddie has been a reg...

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MFB Georgia volunteer an example of resilience

As an athletic director, Leon Hammond wants his student athletes to learn not just about wins and losses. He wants them to learn how to be resilient, face challenges and care about the people around them. Leon is McIntosh High School's AD and regularly brings students to Midwest Food Bank Georgia to volunteer."He believes in teaching the younger ge...

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Kapu Africa's efforts to reduce stunting

A healthy start is a challenge for children in East Africa. That start can impact them for the rest of their life. Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa) isn't backing away from big goals to provide that healthy start by reducing stunting in Kenya and across East Africa.  What is stunting?  It is when a child has a low height fo...

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MFB Haiti is sharing the love of Christ in troubled times

Midwest Food Bank Haiti continues to fight food insecurity in difficult times. Corruption, violence, natural disasters, poverty, and lack of leadership plague Haiti. Your support of MFB Haiti is vital, allowing us to provide food to food-insecure Haitians.MFB Haiti has committed to sending packets of seasoning to Overture International in Hait...

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Kapu Africa held two distributions in Busia County

"See what the Lord has done … what we were praying for and waiting for!"That was the message delivered at a Kapu Africa food distribution the second week of May. It was one of two in Busia County. The first was at Compassion International at the Anglican Church in Buduma CDC, and the second was at the Anglican Church at Busiada. Over 500 families r...

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Kapu Africa partner giving hope

At Easter this year, children in Nairobi, Kenya, received food and special treats from Kapu Africa. The food was a way for MFB to assist a partnering agency in its work with orphans and vulnerable children."Elroi Children's Home became our partner in 2021," says Christine Mutsoli, Executive Director of Kapu Africa. "Our Easter donation brought trem...

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MFB Texas partner agency putting smiles on clients' faces

The Northeast Emergency District (NEED) is meeting the needs of the food-insecure population of Haltom City and Hurst, TX. MFB Texas is pleased to have them as a nonprofit agency partner. Anyone in need can come to NEED once a month for a cartload of groceries. Over 5,000 people take advantage of this help every year. In addition to food, once a ye...

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MFB launches new inventory system at Normal, IL, location

MFB Normal has implemented a new inventory system, paving the way for MFB's other locations. The system, Primarius, includes scanning bar codes on pallets, which is quite different from the 20 years of using Excel spreadsheets. An implementation team has been meeting weekly for 18 months to prepare for the launch. The switch took a great deal of pl...

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MFB Indiana advisory board welcomes two new members

Executive Director, Marcie Luhigo, Midwest Food Bank, Indiana is proud to announce Lisa A. Patton Patton and M. Paige Oliver have joined the Indiana Advisory Board. Lisa A. Patton is the Senior Corporate Relations Manager for the American Cancer Society of Indiana where she engages the corporate community to support the efforts in raising funds and...

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Happy Tails a valuable partner of MFB Arizona

Independence and hope are two things Happy Tails Service Dogs provide to their clients in the Phoenix area. For more than 25 years, this nonprofit has helped people with disabilities train their own service dogs, all free of charge. These weekly classes, held for 15 months, give their clients the tools to train their dogs in up to 25 commands speci...

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MFB Arizona partner agency turned hurt into help

Grief was channeled into faithfulness 15 years ago when Georgina Johnston's two-year-old daughter passed away.During that time, Georgina's sister suggested they do something for the Lord. That something was taking $500 of their own money to buy food, taking it to the streets of Phoenix, Chandler, and Mesa, and giving it to people who need it. ...

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MFB distribution volunteers have fun, build family

Midwest Food Bank volunteers are known for their ability to work hard and have fun. That combination happens for a week each month when food is distributed to Midwest Food Bank's nonprofit partners. It is especially helpful if volunteers can commit to one or more days regularly for food distribution. Our current volunteers are ready to help train a...

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MFB Normal, IL, partner agency builds relationships

Like many food pantries, Livingston County Food Pantry saw an increase in people needing food during the pandemic. They shifted their operations but remained open because building a relationship with their clients is vital to them, says Bill Fairfield, a volunteer."Midwest Food Bank has partnered with Livingston Food Pantry for over 13 years," says...

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