Philanthropy’s Finest: PTC has Nationally Ranked Charity In Top 1%

Midwest Food Bank is ranked as one of the best charities in the nation and has given back over $47 Million to benefit PTC food pantries, ministries, and more..

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Author: Robert Kinghorn
Date Published: July 28, 2014

Best in PTC: The highest rated food bank in the United States!

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Midwest Food Bank is in the top 1% of all charities in the United States according to Charity Navigator. But what does that mean? Charity Navigator rates charities based off their financial health and accountability. Midwest Food Bank gets top marks for having 99.3% of their budget being spent on giving and charity, with a mere .5% being spent on administrative expenses.
Midwest Food Bank also gets a golden star for transparency: everything from salaries to company financials are listed on their website.

The bottom line? 99% of every dollar goes directly to feed the hungry. Only 1% goes to general costs and management.

11 Years of Genius

Midwest Food Bank started in 2003 when an Illinois farmer opened the doors of his storage shed and starting providing food to local non-profits in McLean county, Ill. As a faith based, non-denominational, non profit food bank they have expanded to 5 locations: across Illinois, Indiana and right here in Peachtree City. They currently serve over 91 agencies with over 16,000 cases of food, translating to over 67,000 people helped in multiple states. Local agencies include:
Real Life Center, Fayette Samaritan, Peachtree City Christian Church, St. Vincent de Paul, A Better Way, and Berkshire Methodist.

Volunteers from Southside Church.

Grant writers, CDL Drivers, and Food Sources? Oh My!

Midwest Food Bank is currently at only 40% capacity with 22 agencies on their waiting list. With an incredible 67,000 people helped each month they still have the potential to aid over 167,000 people. That’s enough to fill the Phillips arena more than 9 times over.

At only 40% capacity they have the potential to help over 167,000 people. That’s enough to fill the Phillips arena 9 times over.

Here’s how you can help:
-Writing grants: if you have experience or know someone that does, their biggest need is additional funding.
-Corporate/Local Sponsors to donate funds.
-CDL Drivers to drive their truck in transporting foodstuffs.
-Local food sources to donate foodstuffs.
-If you would like more information about volunteering or donating or know someone that could help give them a call: 770-486-1103.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: Blessings Raining from the Skies

For non-profits, funding, volunteers, and food are certainly manna from heaven.
For agencies to work with Midlife Food Bank they must:
-Be a 501c3 nonprofit.
-Have a mission that includes helping those in need with food.
-Give away the food freely.

Toyota, and a Whale’s Worth of Black Beans

With over 1,000 sq ft spread over 2 warehouses and only 1 forklift, Midwest Food Bank received some true manna from heaven last November: Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta donated a forklift! It doubled Midwest Food Bank’s lift capacity and increased their effectiveness to ‘Share the Blessings.’
They have also seen multiple faiths come together: Southside Church, Word of God Lutheran Church, Providence United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church Peachtree City and even their neighbors: Eaton’s Cooper Lighting! Recently volunteers have assembled hygiene kits in partnership with The Salvation Army.
Additionally in the past month alone volunteers helped bag 3,200 pounds of beans. That’s over 1 ton!

Word of God Lutheran Church held their Sunday evening worship service at the Midwest Food Bank. Afterwards they assembled over 1,500 Disaster Relief Hygiene Kits.

Warm Fuzzies and a 4-Star Volunteering Opportunity

Midwest Food Bank has benefited from thousands of volunteers: eagle scout projects, churches, and just about anyone who’s willing to help package food, move boxes, or load up trucks. They have distribution every 3rd Tuesday and Wednesday of the month. Local food pantries and other agencies come to the warehouse to receive the blessing of food.

The day starts at 8am with a devotional and ends at 12 Noon with lunch provided to volunteers.

Midwest Food Bank drives to Ft. Worth just to collect food from donors. That’s over 24 hours and 1600 miles both ways.

As a top rated charity, and a benefactor to dozens of local entities, Midwest Food Bank may just be the Michael Jordan of nonprofits.

How You Can Help:

-If you are a CDL Driver, they are in need of additional drivers to transport and pickup food. Currently they have only 1 driver.

-If you have experience writing grants, their biggest need is additional funds.

-Local food sourcing. Presently Midwest Food Bank has 1 local sponsor in Atlanta. Other local sponsors who can donate food items are needed.

-Networking with and donations from Corporate and Local Sponsors and resourceful individuals:
Midwest Food Bank currently benefits from: Caterpillar, Unfi, Operation Blessing International, Statefarm, The Salvation Army, Convoy of Hope, and Feed the Children.
Any other organization aid is helpful.

-Every 3rd Tuesday and Wednesday volunteers help load food to distribute to local agencies (including our very own Real Life Center and Peachtree City Christian Church)

With an 8am devotional and a 12 Noon lunch for volunteers it’s a great way to get involved.

-If you would like more information about volunteering or donating or know someone that could help give them a call: 770-486-1103.

Special Thanks

Will Garner, Executive Director Midwest Food Bank Georgia Division
Ken King, Director of Operations Midwest Food Bank Georgia Division

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3 Responses to Philanthropy’s Finest: PTC has Nationally Ranked Charity In Top 1%

  1. Robert Kinghorn on August 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Will and his team are great to work with. They’ve also been able to share the space with The Real Life Center, who can also use volunteers in the community: they even have business professionals come by and teach financial literacy. Kudos to both organizations. 2 wonderful charities!

  2. Patti Kadkhodaian on July 31, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Will and his team are doing a great job and making a huge difference. We are so blessed.

  3. Tom Parker on July 29, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    A great organization!

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