Mission & Vision
- To share the love of Christ by alleviating hunger and malnutrition locally and throughout the world and providing disaster relief, without
- discrimination. Our vision is to faithfully continue sharing the blessings by:
- Focusing on those in need. We recognize the need to know our agency partners (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.) and those they serve. We strive to adapt our resources to meet their changing needs.
- Putting others first. We recognize and value every person and his or her differences. All leadership, staff, agency partners and volunteers are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Working with a broad range of ideas and backgrounds, we strive to bring hope and relief to our communities.
- Honesty and integrity. We use wise stewardship in all situations. Midwest Food Bank is independently audited, and our financial information is readily available to the public.
- Volunteer appreciation. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization. Work can be done by a wide array of abilities and ages. Volunteer opportunities for family, church, civic and work groups, as well as individual volunteer opportunities, make it possible to serve those in need.
- Reaching higher. Fighting food insecurity requires that we continually grow and collaborate. We strive to connect with donors, experts, partners, leaders and communities every day to attack the problem of hunger from all angles.
Midwest Food Bank serves food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, churches and other nonprofit organizations helping their communities. Each month, time is set aside at each location for distribution, in which organizations can pick up food to distribute to people in their communities.
Volunteer-Based 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.
Disaster Relief & Logistics
In 2005, Midwest Food Bank saw firsthand 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 the 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 four for four to five days. Volunteers pack the boxes, load them onto semis and drive them to the affected areas.
How to Help
Donate: Primary support for Midwest Food Bank comes from individuals, small or large corporations, and churches, and private grants. Every gift received is carefully allocated to programs that directly support food distribution, with less than one percent spent on administrative support.
Volunteer: Whether working as an individual or in a group, volunteering brings tremendous impact that goes far beyond the mission of the organization. Every person who chooses to volunteer experiences benefits as well. Immediate volunteer needs include: CDL truck drivers, local grocery route drivers (no special license needed), forklift operators, office/phone/data entry helpers, and daytime volunteer ambassadors.
Midwest Food Bank
9005 N. Industrial Rd.
Peoria, IL 61615
Monica Scheuer, Executive Director
Rolland Reed, Operations Manager
Mark Vonachen, Warehouse Manager
Elisabeth Hayes, Office Assistant
Carrie Dollin, Volunteer Coordinator