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MFB Normal blessed by Nussbaum's commitment

When groups of people sign up together at Midwest Food Bank Bloomington-Normal, it makes a huge difference. There is power in numbers.

On distribution days, MFB food partners come to our warehouse to receive food without charge. It takes 60-70 people each distribution day to make it all happen. When groups of people volunteer together, it helps MFB get that food loaded and on the road.

Those groups come from churches, families, businesses (like Nussbaum Transportation), and other organizations. Their willingness to volunteer together helps MFB distribute food to about 500 food partners each month.
MFB thanks Nussbaum Transportation for providing these photos.

"Distributing food to those in need requires community-wide effort," says Tara Ingham, Executive Director of Midwest Food Bank Normal. "Local companies like Nussbaum are making significant impact in the fight against hunger by lending their employees to assist with distribution days at MFB." 

What's especially helpful is when those groups commit to volunteering regularly for distribution days - once a month or every other month. One local business made that a goal.

"The Nussbaum Benevolence Committee started 2023 with a goal to coordinate a volunteer day every other month at Midwest Food Bank and have five employees sign up to be 'hands and feet'", says Jessi Blunier of Nussbaum.

Nussbaum Transportation, an employee owned company located in Hudson, IL, was founded in 1945. Among many other awards, it was named "2023 Best Fleets to Drive For" - Hall of Fame by the Truckload Carriers Association. Their mission is "to honor God as stewards of this business by living our vision and values." One of those values is, "we give back."

"The MFB staff told us that organizations are requesting more food than ever due to the economy, and volunteers are always needed and appreciated. It was amazing to see how many trucks came through needing food and other essential items," says Jessi.

"Nussbaum employees are living their core values," says Tara. "We encourage other companies, organizations, and churches to follow the Nussbaum lead and adopt a distribution shift each month."

"One of the perks MFB has for their volunteers is a meal put on by other volunteers," says Jessi. "We were very impressed with their organization, efficiency, and the ease of the sign-in process."

MFB wants to make the volunteer experience easy, and Donna Haas, Volunteer Coordinator at MFB, makes that happen. If your group wants to volunteer for distribution, contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 309.663.5350, ext. 101.

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