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Midwest Food Bank NFP

Sharing the Blessings

aka Midwest Food Bank   |   Normal, IL   |  https://midwestfoodbank.org/home

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

2004

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Eric Hodel

Main address

2031 Warehouse Rd

Normal, IL 61761-1038 USA

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EIN

41-2120170

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Food insecurity exists in every county in the United States and around the globe. USDA research highlights that 1 person out of 8 struggles to have food. Midwest Food Bank rescues excess food in the supply chain to quickly and efficiently provide it to 2200 nonprofit agencies such as food pantries and soup kitchens at no cost to the nonprofits.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hunger Relief

Midwest Food Bank formed a parternship in 2005 with The Salvation Army during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. We continue to help as much as possible, and keep on hand several loads of boxes ready to be sent out at a moment's notice. Through donations and purchases each box contains: food, personal care items, and literature for a family of 4-6. Last year, MFB nationally gave out over 13,000 disaster boxes & supplies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Distribution is the central program of MFB, serving over a thousand partner agencies. Each nonprofit organization go through an application process in order to begin receiving food. They depend on us to help them obtain food, on average receiving over 40% of their total food supply. These hunger-relief agencies are the front line between health and happiness versus hunger and despair.

Domestic locations are in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Texas

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
American Indians
Victims of disaster

Midwest Food Bank, NFP provides via our partners food & supplies all over the world - from countries affected by natural disaster to places enduring economic despair. MFB food & supplies have been distributed in nearly 20 countries through missionary partnerships at orphanages, schools, and clinics. Currently, we have operations underway in Kenya, Africa.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of disaster

Where we work

Awards

4 Star 2012

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4 Star 2013

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4 Star 2014

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4 Star 2015

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4 Star 2016

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4 Star 2017

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4 Star 2018

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4 Star 2019

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4 Star 2020

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4 Star 2021

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4 Star 2022

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of press articles published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Midwest Food Bank periodically issues press releases. All can be found at https://midwestfoodbank.org/news/press-release

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Midwest Food Bank uses Google Analytics to track visits to our Website: midwestfoodbank.org

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Midwest Food Bank is a volunteer run organization. Empowering Volunteers is one of our values as an organization.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to help those who are in need to provide food for themselves and families with a quality source of food and drinks. We offer multiple food programs and services to help feed and support the communities we serve. 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.

Midwest Food Bank operates in the middle between those with abundance and those with little. We essentially are in the wholesale space for food relief. We have large warehouses with refrigerators and freezers that allow us to rescue and source food, repackage as needed, and then provide to 2200 agencies who serve it to the food recipient.

We also provide disaster relief support for areas affected by natural disaster. Midwest Food Bank can quickly mobilize food and drinks to these areas during heightened time of need with the efficient use of our fleet of trucks and trailers.

Our leading strategy to achieve our goals is centered around people. Midwest Food Bank operates with 99.4% program efficiency, which means we need to have highly talented and select leaders to keep our programs on track and most efficiently serve our agencies. And we also must have a talented and broad base of engaged volunteers who provide countless hours trucking, sorting, packaging, and loading food boxes.

Another key strategy for Midwest Food Bank is our business model that provides food to our agencies at no cost or charge to them. Thus, the nonprofit agencies can dedicate their resources to supporting the food recipients through programs rather than purchasing food.

Midwest Food Bank has also invested in our facilities and fleet of trucks to have reliable means to retrieve and receive food and then properly sort and store it prior to use. These warehouses and trucks provide key infrastructure to operate both timely and nimble.

Midwest Food Bank started serving 6 agencies from a family farm in Bloomington, IL in 2003. Over the next 15 years the organization grew to 7 different locations and distribution warehouses serving 1400 agencies over $100M of food each year. In 2023, twenty years later, Midwest Food Bank will be on track to serve 2300 agencies in 21 different states over $500M of food.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get accurate feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Midwest Food Bank NFP

Board of directors
as of 10/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Kieser

Dave Hodel

Ralph Endress

Dennis Mott

William Leman

Ann Kafer

Brandon Lipps

Trent Scholl

Jim Gapinski

Eric Sheldahl

Dave Hodel

Matt Kees

Arthur Neal

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/31/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/25/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.