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December 2009

FoodforThought

December 2009 Food for Thought Inside This Issue Meijer “Simply Give” 2 Michigan Harvest Festival 2

Inside This Issue

Meijer “Simply Give”

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Michigan Harvest Festival

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Panera “Operation Dough-Nation”

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Saving Trees Benefits KLF

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Fast Fact:

Over 14,000 pounds of produce were donated during September and October of 2009.

Moving It Forward

It’s Monday morning and the phones are ringing steadily. A group of great

volunteers are answering those calls for emergency food — checking eligibility

and directing individuals and families

to one of the 27 Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes Grocery Pantry sites. Out in the warehouse, the truck has

been loaded and is on its way to deliver

the cases of food needed to stock the shelves of six pantry partners. The system hums. What has been a food

crisis for an individual family is turning

itself into an example of community

care. It’s just another day at Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes. The ingredients are simple. You

take donations of food, add hundreds

of volunteer hours, supplement the

mix with contributions from caring

people across the community, and you have an emergency food assistance

system. Every day we balance these key ingredients. Some days we need more donated food, some days it’s getting the right volunteers in the right place. Every day it’s a stewardship of community donations. That’s what we do. And here’s why. We do this work because there are people across this community who need our assistance. We do this work because both people we don’t know and people we know have found that their resources have not stretched far enough to have food for their family today. We do this work because for almost everyone, it’s hard to ask and harder still to do without. As this year’s Annual Campaign letters hit mailboxes across the community, we know that the challenges of the current economic crisis are still very real. And we know that this simple service is vital to the recovery. – Anne Wend Lipsey, Executive Director

Remember:

Your donation could be stretched further by applying for a matching gift from your employer.

Talk to your HR representative today!

Holiday Cookbook 2009

She’s back! Lori Moore, WKZO’s well-known morning personality, has once again graciously chosen Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes to be the beneficiary of her Holiday Cookbook sale. Over the years, Lori’s cookbooks have raised an incredible $38,767 for KLF and we’re urging all you Lori Moore fans and KLF supporters to come out and add a new cookbook to your collection.

to come out and add a new cookbook to your collection. Join WKZO & KLF on

Join WKZO & KLF on the following dates:

Nov. 25, from 4–6 pm Harding’s Market, S. Westnedge

Nov. 25, from 4–6 pm Harding’s Market, S. Westnedge Dec. 5, from 10 am–noon Harding’s Market

Dec. 5, from 10 am–noon Harding’s Market , Woodbridge

Dec. 9, from 11 am–1 pm Harding’s Market , Howard

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

Dec. 17, from 4–6 pm Liberty Square Furniture

Dec. 18, from 11 am–1 pm Harding’s Market, West Main

Mark your calendar!

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‘SIMPLY GIVE’ CAMPAIGN BRINGS IN ALMOST $5,000 FOR KALAMAZOO LOAVES & FISHES

Through the ‘Simply Give’ campaign at area Meijer stores, Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes received $4,930 to go towards the Grocery Pantry Program. Donation cards in the amount of $10 were available at Meijer stores for customers to purchase. The full

amount was given to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes to then be turned into affordable groceries for hungry people in our community. In addition to customer giving, Meijer agreed to give a dollar-for- dollar contribution to all donations received. Totals for area Meijer stores,

to all donations received. Totals for area Meijer stores, including the matching gift, came out to

including the matching gift, came out to $1,280 from Gull Road, $1,770 from Westnedge and $1,880 from Shaver Road.

Thanks to Meijer and all their dedicated shoppers who helped feed hungry people by ‘simply giving’!

19th ANNUAL MICHIGAN HARVEST GATHERING

In a state-wide effort to combat hunger, area organizations came together in September to raise food and funds for this year’s Michigan Harvest Gathering celebration. By the time that this annual event ended in November, thousands of pounds and thousands of dollars were, once again, collected for those that need it in our local community.

• Bronson Hospital – 32,907 lbs of food and $5831.41

• Borgess Health – 2951 lbs of food and $4750.42

• MDOT – 411 lbs

• Dept. of Corrections – 290 lbs

• Dept. Environmental Quality – 148 lbs

• Dept. of Human Services – 170 lbs and $50 This effort was a tremendous show of support particularly when so many in Michigan are effected by unstable

economic conditions. Thank you to all participants for giving what you could so that others in our community will have access to emergency food this holiday

community will have access to emergency food this holiday season. PANERA BREAD’S OPERATION DOUGH•NATION BENEFITS
community will have access to emergency food this holiday season. PANERA BREAD’S OPERATION DOUGH•NATION BENEFITS

season.

PANERA BREAD’S OPERATION DOUGH•NATION BENEFITS KLF IN BIG WAYS

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes received a check in the amount of $7,300 from Panera Bread’s annual Operation Dough-Nation program on Oct. 16, 2009. The funds came directly from customers through a money drop-box in area Panera stores. “We believe that the universal spirit of bread is sharing,” said Brian Campbell, marketing director for Trigo Bread, a franchisee of Panera Bread. “As part of that philosophy of sharing, we strive to be a good neighbor and give back to the community through our Operation Dough- Nation program.”

The check presentation took place during the Kalamazoo Institute of Art’s ‘Art For Hunger’ event where guests received free admission in exchange for a donated non-perishable item. This year’s check put Operation Dough-Nation’s contributions to KLF over the $43,000 mark since the partnership began in 2004. Part of the KIA’s Art for Hunger event also involved a month-long food drive that is still ongoing. At the time of printing, hundreds of pounds were already donated, all benefitting KLF. More information about these programs can be found at www.panerabread.com/about/community and at www.kiaarts.com.

www.panerabread.com/about/community and at www.kiaarts.com. 913 E Alcott, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001 / P: 269.488.2617 /
www.panerabread.com/about/community and at www.kiaarts.com. 913 E Alcott, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001 / P: 269.488.2617 /
www.panerabread.com/about/community and at www.kiaarts.com. 913 E Alcott, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001 / P: 269.488.2617 /
www.panerabread.com/about/community and at www.kiaarts.com. 913 E Alcott, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001 / P: 269.488.2617 /
www.panerabread.com/about/community and at www.kiaarts.com. 913 E Alcott, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001 / P: 269.488.2617 /
www.panerabread.com/about/community and at www.kiaarts.com. 913 E Alcott, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001 / P: 269.488.2617 /

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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Remember:

Your ongoing support is important to KLF. It’s never too soon to think about Planned Giving. See wwww.kzoolf.org for more information.

The KLF Volunteer Department

is expanding its hours to include weekend and evening opportunities. If you’re looking for a way to get involved fighting local hunger — but work full•time or go to school, call Seema at 488•2617, ext. 209 to talk about volunteering on 2nd Saturdays (9 a.m. – Noon) or the 2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings (6 – 8 p.m.).

SAVING TREES BENEFITS KLF

Bryan and Kathy Staufer have been selling Scotch pine trees for the holidays since the mid 1980s. As their children left home to make their own way in the world, selling trees became less central to their own lives and they stopped selling them a few years back. The trees didn’t stop growing, however, and Bryan and Kathy were left with beautiful, viable trees — that were basically “going to waste.”

So three years ago, they came up with an idea. The long-time KLF supporters gave away their life’s work — for free. They couldn’t sell the trees without a commercial license, so instead their farm became a cut-your- own establishment. For those who still wanted to contribute a few dollars in exchange for the Staufer’s generosity, they were asked to donate to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes.

“This was a unique way that we could have the trees used and still have it be a contribution to Loaves & Fishes,” said Bryan.

If you’re looking for a tree this holiday season, call the Staufer’s at 375-8080, or stop by their tree farm at 5620 Texas Drive any day except Sunday.

their tree farm at 5620 Texas Drive any day except Sunday. KLF December Giving Coupon 913
KLF December Giving Coupon 913 E. Alcott, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 December 2009 – Coupon #77
KLF December Giving Coupon
913 E. Alcott, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
December 2009 – Coupon #77
Amount $
Cold months are ahead and protein•rich foods are crucial.
Donate today to help hungry people get the energy they need.
Please send your contribution by December 22
KLF January Giving Coupon 913 E. Alcott, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 January 2010 – Coupon #78
KLF January Giving Coupon
913 E. Alcott, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
January 2010 – Coupon #78
Amount $
Winter months mean a drop in everything from temperature to money for food and
bills. By giving this month, someone doesn’t have to make the choice between paying the
heating bill and buying dinner.
Please send your contribution by January 24

As you are filling your shopping cart, please consider shopping for and donating these high demand items:

December: Oatmeal January: Canned Meat

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 Non•Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Kalamazoo, MI Permit No. 1693
913 E Alcott Non•Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Kalamazoo, MI Permit No. 1693
913 E Alcott Non•Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Kalamazoo, MI Permit No. 1693
913 E Alcott Non•Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Kalamazoo, MI Permit No. 1693
913 E Alcott Non•Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Kalamazoo, MI Permit No. 1693

913 E Alcott

Non•Profit

Organization

U.S. Postage

PAID

Kalamazoo, MI

Permit No. 1693

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:

l Compassion l Respect

l Justice l Integrity

l Advocacy

Compassion l Respect l Justice l Integrity l Advocacy The following gifts were received between September

The following gifts were received between September 4 and October 30. If your gift was received after October 30, it will be included in the next newsletter.

Gifts in honor of:

Ellen Bennett’s birthday • Chris Black’s 77th birthday • Margaret Brigman’s 90th birthday • Ron and Karen Crandall • Virgil and Debra Crandall John DenHartigh • George Erickcek • David and Mary Ellen Fischer’s 50th wedding anniversary • Betsy Fox and Michael Ziemba’s marriag Ken and Lois Gernaat • Bill and Doris Inkster • Samn Johnson’s band performance • Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Kincaid’s 50th wedding anniversary Kathy King’s birthday • Jessica Kirklin • Shanna Kirschner and Robert Hodgson’s marriage • Bob Knapp’s birthday • Gene Lacko’s 90th birthday Barbara Line’s 70th birthday • Anne Wend Lipsey • Lloyd & Roslyn Ludwig’s 50th anniversary • Lisa Lutz • Mr & Mrs I. C. Madden’s 50th anniversary Anna McClurkan’s 13th birthday • Catherine McKnight’s birthday • Jerry and Lavon Packer’s 50th wedding anniversary • Judith Sarkozy Pam Siwik’s graduation from U of M Master’s program • Graciela Valdez • Barbara Van Dalen • Diane Whalen and Bill Wenger’s marriage

Gifts in memory of:

Robert Amrhein • Robert L. Asher Sr. • Harold Bahlke • Susan Barber • Robert Barclay • Leighton Brown • Bob Brownlee • William L. Burdick Barbara Burgess • Richard Burlington • Bruce L. Burrows • Lowell and Leona Comstock • Wilma Craven • Polly DeLano • Andy DeVolder • Lucille Dillon Lois Dunkelburger • Bob Essar Sr. • Jeanne Maltby Fahrenbach • Beulah Flegal • John P. Flynn • Charles Gustafson • Janette Harley • Marion Harris Dorothy Hice • Joan Hinz • Charlotte K. Hyman • Hazel Kastelin • Marguerite Kolb • Marjorieann Laux • Frank Lucas • Linda Renauld Lutz Marilyn Macdonald • Kenneth V. Martin • Kathy Mizeur • Ardath Montague • Hugh Moser • Ervin Novak • Frank Ossiff Jr. • Richard J. Parker • Chip Passavant Anna & Wolfgang Raith • Peter and Helen Raith • Jessica Renauld • Denise Rice • Abby Shelton • Joani Siwik • Ilze I. Smidchens • William Ralph Smith Tom Sonday • Michael Sprague • Donald Swanson • Anne Oas Szalkowski • Betty Taylor • Clinton & Etta Teachout • Evelyn & Art Thurston Mildred Vanderberg • Albert E. Vickery • Geraldine Vickery • Roon Visser • Helen I. Walbridge • Helen Wattles • Don and Ruth Wisser James Daniel Wrinkle • John Yonker

Board of Directors

Staff/Business Office 269.488.2617 ext.

Jennifer Johnson, Public Relations/Dev. Director 213

Leatta Byrd

Sam Lealofi

Dick Anson, Warehouse Assistant

211

Seema Jolly, Volunteer Coordinator

209

Patricia Carlin

Donna McClurkan

Melissa Burel, Data Entry Gift Processor

206

Deb Josephson, Services Coordinator

214

Robert Ezelle

Harvey Myers

Art Cole, Services Director

207

Marv King, Food Director

211

Bruce Gelbaugh

Helen Norris

George Geissel, Bookkeeper

206

Anne Wend Lipsey, Executive Director

208

Martin Glista

Maija Petersons

Kathy Gernaat, Operations Director

212

Shelley Markle, Warehouse Assistant

211

Lynn Jessel

Martha Simpson

Phyllis Hepp, Project Planner

210

Kimberly Schoetzow, Comm. Coordinator

218

Cheryl Knapp

Lou Hoekstra, Warehouse Assistant

211

Sue VanderMeer, Call Center Team Leader

201

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