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Donor Advised Funds (DAF) a way to partner with MFB

Midwest Food Bank values our donors and we steward every gift with integrity. We frequently receive questions about various ways to give to MFB and one mechanism - Donor-Advised Funds - is a way donors have partnered with MFB to achieve their giving goals and benefit our mission. A Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) is a type of giving program that allows yo...

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Kapu Africa partner working for God's glory

Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa) has recently been able to help the impoverished Samburu people, located in north central Kenya. A donation of 4 tonnes of Tender Mercies and Unimix has not only filled empty stomachs but has also nourished souls, supporting the mission of sharing the gospel and scriptures with the people there. While the ...

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God at work through Kapu Africa

After two years of patient dialogue, Kapu Africa (MFB East Africa) is blessed by the SOS Children's Villages recognizing the potential of Tender Mercies, and agreeing to incorporate it into their emergency relief program. This followed our collaborative relief during the COVID pandemic. Godwin Matswa, of Kapu Africa, was part of the team that ...

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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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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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IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) a way to partner with MFB

Midwest Food Bank values our donors, and we make effective use of every gift with integrity. We frequently receive questions about various ways to give to MFB, and one mechanism – IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution - is a way that benefits donors and MFB. Making an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) You can donate up to $100,000 in...

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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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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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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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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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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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Kapu Africa brings relief to drought-stricken areas

Areas in Kenya are in the fifth year of drought. Crops fail, and livestock is dying, increasing food insecurity in an already fragile location. In mid-October, Kapu Africa partnered with Operation Blessing to bring relief and the Gospel to hurting people. Operation Blessing raised funding for 18 tonnes of Tender Mercies and Unimix from Kapu Africa....

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New HR Director for Midwest Food Bank

From manufacturing to healthcare to Midwest Food Bank, Temple Roe has a professional path that will be an asset to MFB. She joined the MFB staff as Human Resources Director this fall. "I'm thrilled to have found my way into a non-profit that provides to so many families and communities in need," says Temple. As the HR Director for Midwest Food...

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A month of supporting Kapu Africa's nonprofit partners

At Kapu Africa, we often have a front-row seat to see our food placed in the hands of those who need it. Here is a look at some of the highlights of last month.  August 25 Because Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa) and Brookside Dairy have a partnership, over 600 children get nutritious yogurt at school. Recently, ...

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Kapu Africa supporting cancer ministry

Sally Agalo Kwenda is the group secretary of Stoma World Kenya, a group founded in 2010 to provide patients living with ileostomies, urostomies, and colostomies with essential care and support. She represents the group in the Kenya network of cancer survivors. Sally is also a three-time cancer survivor and ostomate. Sally is inspired...

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MFB participates in "Day of Action" in Washington DC

While food insecurity is rapidly rising, the world is expected to waste 2.1 million tons of food annually by 2030, according to Yale research. In the United States alone, $408 billion was spent on food in 2021 that was never eaten. That's nearly a quarter of US food going to waste instead of to those who need it. On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, Mid...

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Many ways to give to Midwest Food Bank

When people think about donating to Midwest Food Bank, they often think of the three Cs: Cash, Check, Credit card. While these three are very common, there are many ways to make a contribution to MFB. We understand our donors appreciate the opportunity to give in a variety of ways. To make it easy for donors, MFB has assembled instructions and insi...

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Who are Midwest Food Bank's nonprofit partners?

The numbers say Midwest Food Bank gave about $430 million worth of food at no cost to about 2,100 food partners in the U.S. and around the world in 2021. That $430 million number represents the food those food partners receive from MFB - at no cost. That's a big deal as it allows them to use their money in other areas of their ministries - like fue...

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