Midwest Food Bank (MFB), a faith-based, non-denominational nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization, was started in 2003 when the Kieser family began providing food, free of charge, out of a barn on their family farm. MFB began by serving about 10 food pantries in McLean County, Illinois. Today, as a whole, we serve over 1,100 organizations across the Midwest & South. The food given out each month now reaches nearly one million people.
Midwest Food Bank - Peoria Division, grew out of awareness of need in the Peoria and surrounding area. Peoria MFB purchased its current building in 2007. We have grown in Peoria from originally serving 65 agencies to over 200 today. Our partner agencies come to us from all over the western half of Illinois and into eastern Iowa and Missouri. We distribute one time each month over a period of 4 days. All of our agencies have a specific time to come and freely receive our donations.
The amount of food we distribute has steadily grown over the years as we strive to fight hunger. We receive donated food from food manufacturers, distributors, grocers, community and organizational food drives and from individual donors. Today, we distribute over $3.75 million in food each month. Midwest Food Bank functions today as it did at its founding: a faith-based community organization consisting of hundreds of volunteers, generous donors, and corporate partners, all operating to serve those in need.
In 2008 Peoria Midwest Food Bank recogonized the need for higher nutrition, at less cost and started resarch with universities and
corporations to develop a packaged, dry meal called "Tender Mercies". Volunteers officially started packaging meals in 2010. The model has grown into a multi-facitated packaging program and in 2013 moved to a new Midwest Food Bank packaging facility in Morton, IL.
Below is a map showing the counties with agencies served by the Peoria division, as well as a map showing all of the locations and service areas of Midwest Food bank.