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8 ideas from MFB to enhance your Holiday season

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 ho...
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USDA Deputy Under Secretary visits Midwest Food Bank

Midwest Food Bank, hosted Brandon Lipps and Tim English, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in late October. Brandon is the Deputy Under Secretary for the USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, and Tim is the Midwest Regional Administrator. Mr. Lipps reached out and requested a tour of the MFB location in Normal, Illinois after reviewing ...
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MFB participates in discussion on food insecurity, food deserts

A Peoria, Illinois church launched a series of forums this fall that encourages their congregation to pause and understand the needs around them and how they can take action to honor God. Richwoods Christian Church started its Community Impact Series by learning about food insecurity, food deserts, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program, meals ...
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The Shop Forward blesses others through MFB

 A simple internet search, a love for fashion, and a desire to help people around the world - that's how Meri Barnes, CEO and founder of California based The Shop Forward, connected with Midwest Food Bank. The apparel company supports a variety of causes including disaster relief. The recent derecho in Iowa and hurricanes in the southeast...
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Midwest Food Bank shares a vision with the World Food Programme

Midwest Food Bank congratulates the World Food Programme for receiving the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. We are thankful for the efforts of the WFP and fully agree that their impact is worthy of this world-class recognition. WFP is a leading humanitarian organization and addresses hunger and promotes food security worldwide. In 2019, WFP provided assista...
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MFB celebrates World Food Day 2020

Today, October 16, is World Food Day. It's an internationally recognized day in honor of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. It's celebrated by organizations concerned with food insecurity. World Food Day meshes well with of mission of alleviating hunger. This year's theme, "Grow, Nourish, Sustain. T...
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MFB's partner agencies thankful for USDA Farmers to Families Food Program

COVID-19 created a disruption in the US food supply chain. Food producers and suppliers were unable to have food processed and transported. The USDA created the Farmers to Families Food Program to support US farmers and distributors and get that food to people that need it. The program has been authorized through the end of 2020. Midwest Food Bank ...
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MFB Texas holds distribution in Madill, OK

Since early in the pandemic, Midwest Food Bank has been participating in the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. It was created as a way to connect food suppliers with those in need. More details about the program and MFB's involvement can be read here. One of Midwest Food Bank Texas' board members, Brook Sims, VP, Commercial Banking - ...
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MFB Indiana welcomes a new Operations Manager

Midwest Food Bank Indiana is thankful to introduce new employee, Matt McKaig. Beginning September 28, Matt joined the MFB team as Operations Manager. Matt grew up on a dairy farm in northern Indiana where he learned the value of hard work. Matt brings 14 years of warehousing and transportation experience to Midwest Food Bank. Working most...
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Beautiful day for the MFB Arizona Golf Classic

Midwest Food Bank Arizona's first-ever Golf Classic, sponsored by California Pools and Landscape, was a success. 156 golfers raised over $75,000 at the event, held at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club.  Professional Golfer Ted Purdy, now Development Director at MFB Arizona, was on hand. Ted hit a shot for every group on the par 3 third ...
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MFB Pennsylvania has patience and perseverance

Midwest Food Bank, Pennsylvania Division is excited to announce the sublease of a warehouse. Our facility, located at 2700 Commerce Drive, Middletown, PA, will begin setting up operations on October 1, 2020. We are blessed with a move-in ready facility that will enable us to begin sharing the blessings of abundance with our neighbors in PA. Th...
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Restock the Bank event a success

Having to completely overhaul a fundraising event due to COVID-19 restrictions is an unnerving thing to do. It takes creativity. At Midwest Food Bank's Morton and Peoria divisions, the volunteer team came up with an amazing alternative, "Restock the Bank." The August 29 drive-through dinner at both locations was unique and fun and still gave MFB a ...
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Restock the Bank event a success

Having to completely overhaul a fundraising event due to COVID-19 restrictions is an unnerving thing to do. It takes creativity. At Midwest Food Bank's Morton and Peoria divisions, the volunteer team came up with an amazing alternative, "Restock the Bank." The August 29 drive-through dinner at both locations was unique and fun and still g...
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The difference between hunger and food insecurity

Every industry has a "language" and food banks are no different. At Midwest Food Bank we use words like "hunger" and "food insecurity" on a regular basis. But, what do those words really mean? Hunger – This is a physical condition that is caused by a lack of food. Food Insecurity – The USDA defines this as the "lack of consistent access to enough f...
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MFB Florida welcomes Kelly Apfel

There's a friendly new face at MFB Florida. Kelly Apfel has joined our staff as Community Relations Coordinator beginning Monday, September 21. In her new role, Kelly will be coordinating and developing donor relations, and community partnerships for MFB Florida. This role involves pursuing grants, working with volunteers, securing fundin...
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Hope Packs Program helping local young students

Hope Packs, Midwest Food Bank's student weekend feeding program, is in full swing for the 2020-2021 school year. MFB Bloomington-Normal anticipates feeding 3,400 students from 51 schools this year. These students receive food every weekend throughout the school year, providing consistent access to nourishment.  Like almost everything this year...
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MFB Bloomington-Normal planning annual Thanksgiving meal distribution

The arrival of Fall finds MFB Bloomington-Normal in the middle of Big Give and preparing for Operation Give Thanks. Both events are centered around providing Thanksgiving meals for those in need. MFB partners with Home Sweet Home Ministries and Thrivent to make this all happen. We anticipate more households will be in need this year due to the fina...
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Volunteer finds camaraderie at MFB Morton

A common desire to serve and a sense of togetherness are a few of the reasons people volunteer at Midwest Food Bank. David Joos agrees. He helps lead other volunteers at the MFB Morton location on "Fun Fridays" – a time designated for volunteers to work on projects. Those projects may be re-packaging cookies or assembling boxes for disaster re...
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Mary Hohulin, MFB Florida volunteer, brings enthusiasm to help others

"Sure, I can do that." Mary Hohulin has never let a desire to stay in her comfort zone stand in the way of her career, volunteer pursuits, and challenging activities. And, fortunately … so far, so good. Mary has been volunteering up to forty hours a week for Midwest Food Bank Florida. She serves as a bookkeeper, keeping tra...
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Midwest Food Bank Africa receives generous donation from Brookside Dairy

Recently Kapu Africa (Midwest Food Bank East Africa) received a generous donation of over 2,500 cups of yogurt from Kenyan-based donors Brookside Dairy. The donation came during a perilous time when millions in East Africa are facing poverty and starvation, unlike anything they have known before. Kapu Africa delivered Brookside Dairy...
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