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December 2008

FoodforThought

December 2008 Food for Thought Inside This Issue Promotion Concepts Highlights KLF 2 Michigan Harvest Gathering

Inside This Issue

Promotion Concepts Highlights KLF

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Michigan Harvest Gathering 2008

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KLF Volunteer Orientation

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Lori Moore’s Cookbook is Coming!

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Sunday Supper at Brook Lodge

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“Fight Hunger” Night with Panera

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December & January Giving Coupons

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Celebrations

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Fast Facts:

IRA Donations Extended

Individuals who are at least 70½ years old can still take a tax-free withdrawal of up to $100,000 annually from their IRA and donate it to charity. This provision was recently extended for an additional two years. See your tax advisor for more information.

Michigan Food Bank Tax Credit

Remember that contributions to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes fall under the Michigan Food Bank Tax Credit. Contact your tax advisor for more information.

KLF Open on 2nd Saturdays

KLF will be open on December 13 and January 10 to accept donations and schedule volunteer opportunities. If you would like to learn more about how you can help, please call Phyllis Hepp at 488- 2617 ext. 210.

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes

913 E Alcott Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 Business: 269.488.2617 / Fax: 269.343.3669 Food: 269.343-3663 / Email: info@kzoolf.org

Website: kzoolf.org

An Incredible Partnership

  • I n October, 2008, the Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes Grocery Pantry Program provided emergency

food assistance to more than 7300 individuals. For those who do not know what that number means, it represents the single highest number of men, women and children ever served in a one month period in KLF’s history. It shows us that times are tough and appear to be getting tougher. Yet, this incredible partnership known as KLF remains committed to actively promoting food security for all in our community.

Why promote food security? Because it needs to be done! We are all affected when someone goes to school or work with an empty stomach. We we all suffer—as friends, neighbors, teachers, and employers—when people are hungry. Worries about the economy and jobs and housing are impacting us all. And yet, I am energized by the generosity of spirit that is demonstrated every day across the KLF network. Through our combined efforts 7,378 individuals had food in October, when it looked like they would not.

W. J. Cameron said, “Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.”

December 2008 Food for Thought Inside This Issue Promotion Concepts Highlights KLF 2 Michigan Harvest Gathering

Michigan Harvest Gathering Partners from Goodwill Industries and Bronson Hospital

KLF is about the act of Thanksgiving.

It is about getting food to 214 households on Tuesday October 28th.

It is about 89,898 pounds of food delivered to Grocery Pantry Partners in October.

It is about food partners like Hardings, Felpausch,, Konos Eggs, and the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.

It is about an incredible team of staff and volunteers who have confronted the perfect storm of rising food costs and rising service demand with a new food chart designed to contain costs while continuing to expand service.

It is about the pantry volunteer who shares a recipe, like “my family really enjoys…,” or listens as a young mom exclaims, “I got a job!” or serves one more household that wasn’t initially scheduled—again this week.

It is about Michigan Harvest Gathering and the food collections at area hospitals and the bounty of area farmers.

It is about donors – our generous supporters - who respond to our Annual Appeal, “The Changing Face of Hunger,” by stretching to give a little more.

For KLF, it is about digging deep and stretching far to promote food security even when times are tough. It is about Thanksgiving, the active Thanksgiving that is Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes.

What better action could there be today than this simple work of getting food to people in our community?

– Anne Wend Lipsey

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Promotion Concepts Highlights KLF

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P romotion Concepts—a local promotion, incentive and award program agency—chose KLF to

be the recipient of proceeds from their 2008 charity golf outing and annual expo. President and owner Laurene Powers sponsored the golf outing as a fundraiser and the Expo to collect food and funds for KLF.

Powers chose KLF because she knows that people in Kalamazoo County are going through tough economic times this year and wants to help. “It was better than I could have hoped,” she said at the conclusion of the event.

In total, Promotion Concepts raised an amazing $7000 and collected over 400 lbs of food. Nate Bailey, PCI sales executive, said “I am amazed how much food we were able to gather” during the Expo. He continued, “I’m grateful to be a part of such a caring and giving community.”

Thank you, PCI, for your partnership with KLF and for helping those who need us most.

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OUR GOAL:

Food Security— Access by all people to enough

food for an active, healthy life—every day.

Michigan Harvest Gathering 2008

KLF is proud to report that this year’s Michigan Harvest Gathering gathered nearly $10,000 and more than 38,000 pounds of food to help feed needy families in our community.

This state-wide effort receives significant support from the Michigan Hospital Association as well as state employees. Our special thanks to employees of the Bronson and Borgess health care systems and to all of Michigan’s Wal-Marts and Sam’s Clubs, for their generous contribution to the success of Michigan Harvest Gathering. The food and funds raised through Michigan Harvest Gathering are important to food bank/food provider organizations across the state (see photo on page 1).

Also, as a part of MHG, the Goodwill Grocery Pantry partnership received the Beacon of Light Award. The Goodwill Grocery Pantry is a unique partnership between Goodwill Industries of SW Michigan and KLF. The pantry opened in April 2007 and ranks high in both volume and customer satisfaction. Special thanks are due to Greg Ferworn of the Goodwill Industries staff and to pantry coordinators, Jim and Heather Butcher, and Betty and Warren Popp, and the incredible staff of volunteers.

“Brothers Feeding Others” Help Hungry in Kalamazoo County

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  • M embers of Western Michigan University’s chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity

recently contributed 1,235 pounds of food and more than $500.00 as part of the North American Food Drive. This drive, which was born in 1993, was “designed to raise food for local communities,” and that they have done. These local “brothers feeding others,” are long-time supporters donating more than $7000 and over 38,000 lbs of food to KLF in recent years. Thank you, Lambda Chi Alpha brothers, for your support of KLF.

We Need Your Help!

Please call Jennifer at 488-2617 ext. 213 to volunteer

You Can Make A Difference

Buy: Each month KLF highlights items that are hard to keep on the shelves in our warehouse. Help us keep our shelves stocked by purchasing these “wish list” items each month (listed below and on our Web site).

December: Peanut Butter

January: Tuna

Save: When you visit your dentist, collect and donate, or ask your dentist to donate, toothbrushes and toothpaste. These items are useful for those that cannot afford incidentals and can be distributed through the Grocery Pantry Program.

Do: Can you suggest ways to stretch your food dollars, or meal items, or maybe recommend or share a favorite, nutritious recipe with others? Please send your ideas to info@kzoolf.org so that we may include them in our next issue.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Johnson 269.488.2617, ext. 213

913 E Alcott, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001 / P: 269.488.2617 / F: 269.343.3669 / E: info@kzoolf.org / W: kzoolf.org

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Lori Moore’s

Holiday Dish to Pass– All American Eats

Cookbook is Coming!

  • L ori Moore, WKZO personality and longtime KLF supporter, is offering her Holiday Dish to

Pass cookbook again this year. KLF will receive proceeds from 7 of the cookbook sale sites (see list below). The cookbook is a great stocking stuffer and we are honored that the work of KLF will be supported through this effort. We urge you to check your calendar now for the location most convenient to you. Thank you Lori and WKZO! Dollars raised will go to ensure access to emergency food across Kalamazoo County.

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Please join us at one of these Holiday Dish to Pass Cookbook sale sites:

Friday, December 12 –

V&A Bootery – Southland Mall from 3-5

Saturday, December 13 –

Harding’s Friendly Market – Oshtemo from 10-Noon

Monday, December 15 –

Fred’s Pharmacy – Vicksburg from 3-5

Tuesday, December 16 –

Harding’s Marketplace – Richland from 11-1

Wednesday, December 17 –

Don’s Card Hut – Southland location from 11-1

Thursday, December 18 –

First Community Credit Union West Main Street, from 3-5

Friday, December 19,

Hardings, West Main, 11-1

Sunday Supper at Brook Lodge

Please join us on Sunday, December 14 at Brook Lodge Michigan State University for a Holiday “Sunday Supper” benefitting Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes. Planned as a holiday themed action station meal, John Merucci, executive chef at Brook Lodge, also wanted to incorporate a way to “give back to the community.”

The Brook Lodge Michigan State University chefs will each have their own table and will be cooking a la minute for each guest. The supper will also include a selection of wines by Cecil Robbins of Paw Paw Wine Distributors and live music performed by a wind quartet.

The cost of each meal is $25 with service running from 1-5 pm. Please call 800- 407-8486 for reservations – limited seating is available. All profits go to KLF, so along with great food and wine, and a fabulous musical ensemble, your meal will also help feed hungry people in Kalamazoo County.

“Fight Hunger” Night at Panera Bread Bakery Café West Main Street Tuesday, December 9th 5–9pm All
“Fight Hunger” Night
at Panera Bread
Bakery Café
West Main Street
Tuesday, December 9th
5–9pm
All year, Panera Bread Bakery Cafés
support KLF with their Operation
Dough-nation (contributing more than
$36,000 towards the KLF Grocery Pantry
Program since 2004).
This year, Panera Bread Bakery
Café invites all KLF supporters
to join them at the West Main
Café to celebrate ‘Fight Hunger
Night’ . You are urged to bring a
non-perishable food item to the
celebration, and
Panera will donate
20% of the cost of
meals purchased
with this coupon
during the event.
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KLF December Giving Coupon

  • 913 E. Alcott, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

December 2008 – Coupon #65

Amount $ __________

There are a number of events happening in the month of December. Can’t attend but still want to help? Mail in your contribution — your dollars provide emergency food for hungry people in our community during the holiday season.

Please send your contribution by December 22.

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KLF January Giving Coupon

  • 913 E. Alcott, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

January 2009 – Coupon #66

Amount $ __________

The holidays may be over but the need for emergency food assistance is a year round challenge. Contribute during the month of January and help provide food security for our community friends and neighbors.

Please send your contribution by January 26.

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913 E Alcott, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001 / P: 269.488.2617 / F: 269.343.3669 / E: info@kzoolf.org / W: kzoolf.org

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913 E Alcott Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001

Business Phone: 269.488.2617 Food Request Line: 269.343.3663 Fax: 269.343.3669 Email: info@kzoolf.org Website: kzoolf.org

OUR MISSION:

To expand the availability of emergency food resources and promote the ability of hungry people to feed themselves.

OUR VALUES:

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Celebrations

Thank you to all who honored loved ones with gifts to KLF. The following gifts were received between September 6 and Nvember 3, 2008. If your gift arrived after Nvember 3, it will appear in the next newsletter.

Gifts in memory of:

Yetta Ackerson • Robert Amrhein • Arylene M. Ashley • Joe E. Barbee • Jack Brooks • Bruce L. Burrows • Mitchell Butter • Edward H. Camisa Diane Churchill • Larry Conolly • Mary Coscarelly • Howard Coville • Tom Crooks • Bob Davis • Marcus DeRuyter • Elizabeth J. Donaldson Alberta Ellis • Fred Gay • Jim Glidden • Evonne Gustas • Ray Hamilton • Leonard Klok • Marguerite Kolb • Lance Lambert • Ellis “Al” Larsen Brad Lindsey • Margaret Machin • Jimmy Mann • Donald Martz • Richard Martz • Dr. John Milliken • Kathy Mizeur • Al Moldovan • Terry Mosher • Dawn M. Moss • Kathern Mowan • Jaime Oorbeck • Rosetta Packard • Caroline Patzer • Joan Philipp • Gerald Pochyla • Ellamae Porath Denise Rice • Bonnie Robins • Bonnie Lee Roe • Patricia Russell • Beverly J. Rutz • Sara Scramlin • Robert Sechler • William Shirey Bill & Mary Smith • Georgiana Smith • Reynold Somers • Nellie Stell • Jim Sullivan • Donald Swanson • Joani Siwik • Joel Steward Anne Oas Szalkowski • Ivory & Carrie Torain • Wanda Nadine Vanderberg • Roon Visser

Gifts in honor of:

Eric Alden’s birthday • Hazel Cottingham • Marshall & Joyce Draper’s 23rd wedding anniversary • Kathy Ellis-Aivars’ mom’s 83rd birthday Sano Ferrara • Tim Frey’s birthday • Peter & Cindy HasterLik’s wedding • Mrs. Goldie Hibermik’s 95th birthday Jazmin Ray Kurzinski’s 13th birthday • Ms. Bobbe Luce & Mr. Bruce Dannenhauer • Dave & Ann Martin’s 50th wedding anniversary Marge Meyer’s birthday • June Moord’s birthday • The birthday of Karen Nichols • Florence Orosz’s birthday Dolores Smith’s birthday • Corky Thomas

Board of Directors

Staff/Business Office 269.488.2617

ext.

Jan Brown

Chris Kenney

Dick Anson, Warehouse Assistant

211

Jennifer Johnson, Com/Volunteer Coordinator

213

Leatta Byrd

Cheryl Knapp

Art Cole, Services Director

207

Deb Josephson, Services Coordinator

214

Patricia Carlin

Sam Lealofi

Linda Fitzgerald, Administrative Assistant

206

Marv King, Food Director

211

George Erickcek

Donna McClurkan

George Geissel, Bookkeeper

206

Anne Wend Lipsey, Executive Director

208

Robert Ezelle

Harvey Myers

Kathy Gernaat, Operations Director

212

Shelley Markle, Warehouse Assistant

211

Bruce Gelbaugh

Helen Norris

Phyllis Hepp, Project Planner

210

Sue VanderMeer, Call Center Team Leader

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Martin Glista

Maija Petersons

Lou Hoekstra, Warehouse Assistant

211

Lynn Jessel

Martha Simpson