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April, 2020

Midwest Food Bank of AZ

Knows It's Fun to do Good!

Midwest Food Bank is Sharing the Blessings

As a faith-based organization, it is the mission of Midwest Food Bank to share the love of Christ by alleviating hunger and malnutrition locally and throughout the world and providing disaster relief; all without discrimination. Our vision is to provide industry-leading food relief to those in need while feeding them spiritually.

Our story starts in 2003 when the Kieser family actioned their faith to share their blessings. They turned a barn on their family farm into a distribution site for local food pantries. Soon they realized the need was greater and there was room for growth. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the valuable work of our volunteers, and most importantly, the blessings of God, Midwest Food Bank now shares the blessing worldwide. More than 4 million people were impacted in 2019. Midwest Food Bank currently distributes over $23 million worth of food to over 2,000 non-profit organizations each month. This is done from our ten locations in Illinois, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Texas, East Africa and Haiti.

A VOLUNTEER-BASED NATIONAL FOOD BANK
Midwest Food Bank is structured to provide service opportunities and operate through the work of volunteers. Our volunteers are more than our hands and feet; they are fundamental to the success of our organization. They collect, sort, pack, and distribute food and disaster relief donations, and remind us every day that our mission could not be achieved without them.

More than 32,018 volunteers put in over 309,000 hours of service in 2019, the equivalent of over 154 full-time employees. The service of these dedicated volunteers allows Midwest Food Bank to operate efficiently. They gain the unique perspective that worldwide hunger is prevalent and their efforts can make a difference.

DISASTER RELIEF & LOGISTICS
In 2005, Midwest Food Bank saw first-hand that we had the ability to deliver hope and support to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. With prayer and passion, we began to increase our capacity and work toward improving our disaster support coverage. This allowed us to serve more people more effectively.

We have a fleet of trucks and a team of volunteer drivers who stand ready. Food donations are picked up from all across the country, delivered to our facilities, and distributed to those in need.

As a first responder to Salvation Army, we can have family food boxes on the road to a disaster site within 24 hours of a request. Each food box has enough food to feed a family of 4 for 4 to 5 days. Volunteers pack the boxes, load them on semis and drive them to affected areas.

A BRIGHT FUTURE
With the guidance of God and the commitment of our partners and volunteers, amazing results have been achieved and have prepared us for continued service as worldwide demand continues. MFB has established procedures for growth and is prepared to continue and share the blessings in the continuing fight against food insecurity.

Midwest Food Bank is positioned for growth and always seeking new partnerships and expanding programs to alleviate hunger. We welcome you to learn more about our work to bridge the gap between poverty and prosperity. If you have a heart to serve, consider the numerous opportunities for donation and volunteerism.



Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

- Proverbs 19:17




United Food Bank in Mesa

Knows It's Fun to do Good!

Team FatCats making a difference by volunteering at the United Food Bank in Mesa. The team assisted in the preparation of 2000+ meals. If you enjoy volunteering as well.......sign-up on their website at https://unitedfoodbank.org/volunteer or call (480) 926-4897.

If you are unable to volunteer, a financial contribution would be greatly appreciated. All donations are tax deductible. Just logon to their website.

If you are in need of help or know someone who may need help, the Food Bank offers a "Help Yourself Program" on Fridays from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. This program is currently being held weekly at the Mesa Convention Center. You simply drive in and volunteers will load up your vehicle.




United Food Bank of Arizona

Knows It's Fun to do Good!

United Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been providing hunger relief to people in need in the East Valley and eastern Arizona for more than 35 years. We collect, acquire, store and distribute food and related commodities to more than 220 partner agencies that serve more than 228,000 people in need across more than 19,500 square miles. Last year, United Food Bank distributed almost 24 million pounds of food providing nearly 19.5 million meals to our neighbors in need.