Midland Fresh began in 2017 when Mr. Kurt Faust and Mr. Chris Shirk saw a need in Midland County and were inspired to find a way to meet this need. Observing the food insecurity issues present in the Greater Midland Community, Mr. Faust and Mr. Shirk collaborated to put together a mobile food pantry, thus Midland Fresh began.
Midland Fresh is a mobile food pantry that transports fresh produce and other food items to various locations throughout Midland County several times a week from June to September. The produce/food is free to the community, supported by sponsors and local community gardens.
In 2020, the organizers of Midland Fresh approached the Arnold Center to take over this community effort. The Arnold Center officially took over late spring 2020 with the promise to carry on the mission of Mr. Faust and Mr. Shirk, providing free fresh produce to those in need at centrally located community sites.
The summer of 2020 brought new challenges to our community with the Pandemic and the 500 year flood event impacting may people. Midland Fresh pushed forward to meet the increased needs of the community and promises to continue to do so in the future, hoping to expand the schedule and scope of this humanitarian effort.