Bloomington, IL

Disaster Relief Efforts

Disaster Relief Efforts

Hurricanes have caused devastation in Florida and Texas, leaving many people homeless, without power and hungry. At this writing, 14 semi loads of Disaster Relief boxes have been sent to these areas. These two storms will results in months of Disaster Relief efforts by Midwest Food Bank.


As a Salvation Army First Responder, MFB can have supplies on the road within 24 hours of being called. Disaster Relief boxes contain enough shelf-stable food to feed a family of four for 4 to 5 days. Volunteers assemble, pack and drive the boxes to disaster sites and the Salvation Army distributes them to those in need. 


Midwest Food Bank had a load of Disaster Relief boxes on the way before Harvey and Irma made landfall. Since then, more loads have been requested and sent. Hygiene kits have also been sent, and the time will come when clean-up supplies will be requested. The impact of this storm will require ongoing support lasting months.


Midwest Food Bank is blessed to be able to provide a way for people to help support our neighbors to the south. We want to best utilize your time and resources. Here are the ways you can bring help and hope:


1. Pray for those who are displaced and hungry. Their best help will come from the LORD.

2. Donate financially

3. Volunteer

4. Donate cleaning supplies (list below). 

5. Donate food (list below). 



Midwest Food Bank has many buying partnerships, and with our not-for-profit status, we will maximize your donation, increasing your purchasing power. Funds will be used to purchase food for Disaster Relief boxes and to cover the cost of transporting them. Any funds received that go beyond the needs for Hurricane Harvey will assist in future disasters.

To make a donation, click hereand choose "Disaster Relief" for your designation, and in the "Memo" space, type "Hurricane Harvey." 



There are many opportunities to repackage bulk foods and assemble, pack and deliver Disaster Relief boxes. To see what volunteer events are planned and sign up, click here.



If you would like to donate cleaning supplies, please bring any of these items to our location (2031 Warehouse Road, Normal, IL):

  • Pressure washers (2000 psi or above, gas powered)
  • 5000-7000 KW Generators
  • High volume commercial fans
  • Portable sump/water pumps & garden hoses
  • 10 gallon Shop Vacs (4-6 1/2 hp, 10-16 gallon, option to use a bag)
  • Utility & mop buckets & mops
  • Standard and contractor brooms & long-handled scrapers
  • Flat shovels, squeegees & industrial scrub brushes
  • Gloves (rubber coated/string knit and rubber gloves)
  • Mold resistant disposable respirator mask
  • Shop towels/rags in a box & sponges
  • All purpose cleaners (equivalent to 409)
  • Putty knives
  • Large garbage bags



If you would like to donate food, please bring any of these items to our location (2031 Warehouse Road, Normal, IL):

Note: No glass jars, please.

  • Canned soup, vegetables, fruit, pasta, & tuna
  • Peanut butter, breakfast cereal
  • Mac 'n' cheese, Ramen noodles, bagged pasta, spaghetti sauce
  • Toilet paper, paper towels


Thank you for your concern and your heart to help our neighbors to the south. 


Below, volunteers assemble and fill disaster relief boxes at Midwest Food Bank Bloomington-Normal.

For more photos, click here.


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