Hunger, to the fortunate, might only register as the inconvenience of a few stomach pangs during fast Sunday. But for over 50 million Americans (over 16 million of whom are children), food insecurity is a real crisis. Midwest Food Bank seeks to alleviate their need.
Midwest Food Bank is a faith-based group that takes to heart the Lord’s counsel in Proverbs 19: “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.”
A small family-run outfit in 2003, Midwest Food Bank has expanded over the past fifteen years into a volunteer organization of thousands with nine locations in the United States (including one in Gilbert, Arizona) and worldwide. During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, they saw the impact of their expansion firsthand: “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.”
Unlike many food banks across the U.S., Midwest offers its services free of charge to recipient nonprofit agencies.
Midwest depends on the strength of a robust volunteer force to continue blessing people across the world. In 2017, volunteers gave nearly a quarter of a million hours in service. Midwest Food Bank is a first responder to the Salvation Army, and, thanks to this small army of helpers, has the capability to distribute food within a day of requests. Their donations are critical to disaster relief in cases like Hurricanes Katrina and Florence, as well as to alleviating want in recurrently food-poor places like Haiti and East Africa, where they provide low-cost, nutritious meal packets as part of their Tender Mercies program.
With over one in six Americans requiring assistance to procure regular meals, local food banks find themselves busy, especially during the holiday season. Midwest is no exception.
Midwest Food Bank welcomes both individual and corporate donations of money, gift cards, and other assets, and over 250 SharePartners help in this endeavor. A four-star rating by CharityNavigator reflects Midwest’s commitment to service over profit—in fact, $.99 of every dollar raised goes directly into their program. Beyond the bottom line, volunteer opportunities are available, with jobs ranging from can labeling to food packaging to community outreach.
“Our vision is to faithfully continue to help those in need by sharing the blessings,” proclaims the Midwest Food Bank website.
To volunteer or donate, visit Midwest Food Bank’s Gilbert location at 725 E. Baseline Road or call 480-892-0134. Midwest Food Bank is online at https://www.midwestfoodbank.org/.