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October 2010

Inside This Issue A Time for Harvest, a Time for Thanks

Art Against Hunger with KIA 2 Kent Nerbum said, “Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared, and your
life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.” The sharing of the harvest
Michigan Harvest Gathering 2 is in full swing and at Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes, we are thankful and in awe of
KLF/Panera Partnership Continues 2 the community that comes together in this act of sharing.
Through small acts of kindness – a modest monthly donation or a bag of do-
Be an Advocate nated food – and large gifts of generosity – local businesses hosting a food drive
for the Hungry and Homeless 3 – we are all participants in the community goal to make sure we all have enough
this season. Special thanks go out to those vendors who help support our mission:
Volunteer Picnic October 7 3
Galesburg Meat Co., Kono’s, Rollerworld, Harding’s Friendly Markets, Sarkozy
Make a Holiday Tribute 3 Bakery, D & W Fresh Market, Mall City Containers, Central Marketing Ser-
vices, Inc., Rajzer Farms, Druskovich Farms, Pepperidge Farm, Stafford-Smith,
Big Apple Bagels, Great Harvest Bread Co., Griffin Pest Solutions, Lindsey Dedi-
Fast Facts: cated Services, Inc., and many more.
From fresh bread to produce, to cardboard boxes and vehicle maintenance,
local partners like these support Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes so that we can
Our website has a new look! meet emergency food needs head-on. You know how critical it is that each of us
Visit today has access to enough nutritious food to support an active, healthy life. You know
KLF recently acquired a – and you act on that.
Roberts and Amidon state in their book, Life Prayers, “In times of major change
26-foot truck from the Food
and social stress, people are challenged to stand up for what they believe.” I don’t
Bank of South Central know if this moment is the most difficult, but I do know that it’s a major struggle
Michigan for many. Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes’ simple response – food for people in need
– makes a difference. Our more complex response – education and advocacy
– can make a long-term difference in the lives of everyone in this community.
These responses are possible because of your actions, whether through gifts of
food, funds, time or services, during these difficult times.
Remember: As we watch the season change - the leaves turn, the air grow cold - we are
Your donation is eligible brought back to the harvest. There is power in that abundance and planning is
required if we are to survive until spring. We are in a time of stress and change
for a Michigan Income yet we have the opportunity to stand up for something important. Thank you for
Tax Credit. joining us in standing up for the simple justice that everyone has enough to eat.
– Anne Wend Lipsey
Go to
for more information.

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes

913 E Alcott Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 Lori Moore’s Cookbooks on Sale in December
Business: 269.488.2617 / Fax: 269.343.3669
Food: 269.343•3663 / Email: Holiday time means Potluck Pals cookbooks are on sale! Once again Kalama-
zoo Loaves & Fishes is partnering with Lori Moore, WKZO radio personality,
Website: for her annual cookbook sale, with some proceeds benefitting our anti-hunger
programs. Dates and locations will be made available soon.
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Art Against Hunger with KIA

Once again Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes is part- Join us at the KIA on Nov.19 from 5:30 – 7:30
nering with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts to for Art & All That Jazz, an informal evening of
bring you Art Against Hunger, a season long food, entertainment, and community awareness,
food drive combined with live music and gallery with live music from Afro-Cuban jazz band Mas
walk events. Que Nada and free appetizers from Panera Bread.
“Art Against Hunger’s intent is to call attention Admission is $3 or free with a non-perishable
to a growing concern in our community, as well food donation dropped off at the KIA.
as create an opportunity to visit the KIA,” said For more information, call Kimberly Schoet-
Joe Bower, development director at the KIA. zow at 488-2617 ext. 218.

Don’t miss Art Hop on October 1!

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes Food Director Marv King
will be exhibiting his nature photographs at Gazelle
Sports on the Kalamazoo Mall. 10% of his sales
will benefit KLF plus a matching gift from Gazelle.
There will also be a silent auction on one of Marv’s

MICHIGAN Partnership

HARVEST Continues
For several years, Kalamazoo Loaves &

Fishes has benefitted from Panera Bread’s
generous customers through Operation
Dough-Nation, a yearly fund collection

20 YEARS OF HELP AND HOPE FOR THE HUNGRY at area Panera stores. This year’s dona-
tion from Panera will be presented at the
Nov. 19 Art & All That Jazz event at the
To mark MHG’s 20th anniversary, the goal has been set high at $800,000 and
300,000 pounds of food to meet the increased need for emergency food resources Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
statewide. Community partners Bronson Methodist Hospital, Borgess Health, “We are excited to present this year’s
Charter Communications, and local State of Michigan offices are once again col- check to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes,
lecting both food and funds to benefit Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes emergency knowing that it will mean that over
food programs. $50,000 has been donated since we
“During a recent tour of Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes, empty shelves were not- started collecting donations at our cafés,”
ed,” said Sharon Ritchie, executive secretary at Borgess Health. “The need in- said Brian Campbell, marketing director
creases due to the poor economy and Borgess associates want to make a difference at Trigo Hospitality.
in the lives of our community members.” We thank Panera
Last year Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes received over 30,000 pounds of food and their customers
through MHG and we’re hopeful that even more food will be collected this year for another success-
to help supply our 26 choice pantries throughout the County. ful year of collect-
Be a part of Michigan Harvest Gathering by donating to Kalamazoo Loaves & ing funds to help
Fishes by Nov. 10. Go to to find out how to donate
feed hungry people
and what our warehouse is in need of.
throughout this
For more information, call Jennifer Johnson at 488-2617 ext. 213.

913 E Alcott, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001 / P: 269.488.2617 / F: 269.343.3669 / E: / W:

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Be an Advocate for the Hungry and Homeless

Recently, Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes Nov. 14 – 20 is National Hunger and homeless? Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes
served a family of eight that was homeless Homelessness Awareness Week and Ka- helps by supporting several commu-
and living in their van while the father lamazoo Loaves & Fishes is encouraging nity meal programs, but there is more
searched for em- community mem- to do. We need your help in advocating
ployment. An in- Join our mailing list to receive bers to sign up for for legislation that supports the rights
creasing number of the new Advocacy e-Newsletter our new electronic of low-income people. Through our
Kalamazoo Loaves in November by going to Advocacy News- new e-Newsletter, you’ll receive infor-
& Fishes’ clients letter, Table Talk, mation on policies and programs, and
are struggling to to learn about ways to get involved, six times a year.
maintain their housing, making difficult ways to enact change in our community. See the insert for information on a vol-
decisions about paying the rent or mort- Did you know that in 2008, over 3,600 unteer opportunity in support of this
gage and still putting a meal on the table. people in Kalamazoo County were national week of awareness.

Make Your Holiday Volunteer Picnic The KLF

Gift a Tribute October 7
Would you like to make a tribute for Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes would
the December Holiday Newsletter? like to invite you to our annual Vol- Department
If so, please make sure your donation unteer Harvest picnic on Oct. 7. This
arrives at Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes is a time to mingle, meet other volun- Interested in helping out in
by Oct. 30. beginning Nov. 1, holi- teers, and get to know the KLF staff. the warehouse or at special
day tribute cards will be available for The picnic will be in our warehouse events? Help KLF spread
pickup at the administration office as at 913 E. Alcott, from 5 – 7 p.m. the word by becoming a
you make your donations. For more Please bring a dish to pass. RSVP to knowledgeable volunteer.
information, please call Melissa Burel Laura Winther at 488-2617 ext. 209 or
at 488-2617 ext. 206. Orientation dates are:
Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m.
KLF October Giving Coupon Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.
913 E. Alcott, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
October 2010 – Coupon #87 Sign up with Laura Winther by
Amount $ calling 488-2617 ext. 209 or
email at
October is typically one of our busiest months, so every pound counts this time of
the year. Be assured your donations are needed now more than ever.
Please send your contribution by October 25
As you are filling your shopping cart,
please consider shopping for and
donating these high demand items:
KLF November Giving Coupon
913 E. Alcott, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 October: Pasta
November 2010 – Coupon #88
November: Canned Chicken
Amount $
Everyone deserves something to be thankful for. Remember that fresh produce
Help ensure all of your neighbors have enough to eat this season. donations are always accepted at the
Please send your contribution by November 24 KLF warehouse as well. Call 488-2617
for more information.

913 E Alcott, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001 / P: 269.488.2617 / F: 269.343.3669 / E: / W:

FoodforThought–October 2010 Page 4

U.S. Postage
Kalamazoo, MI
Permit No. 1693
913 E Alcott
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001

Business Phone: 269.488.2617

Food Request Line: 269.343.3663
Fax: 269.343.3669

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

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The following gifts were received between July 1 and August 31.
If your gift was received after August 31, it will be included in the next newsletter.
Gifts in honor of:
David Batts for his kindness & service to others * Ann Bennett * John & Sherryl Bosker * Bruce L. Burrows * Jesus Christ * Wayne Clemen
Arlon & Beverly Egan’s wedding anniversary * Debbie Eisenbise’s birthday * James Flagler’s birthday * Jackie & Bill Fletcher’s 50th wedding anniversary
Hugh & Evelyn Gibson’s birthdays * Dave Gray * Joe Grosser’s birthday * Bill & Doris Hamill’s 65th wedding anniversary * Shira Haus’ birthday
Margaret & George Hayes’ 54th wedding anniversary * Jim Hess’ birthday * Jonathan & Becky Hopkins * KCDP Blue Tigers * Evan & Sharon Kokales
Richard (Dick) & Phyllis LaForge’s 50th wedding anniversary * Kim Moffit’s birthday * My Well-fed, Happy & Healthy Grandchildren * Maija Petersons’ birthday
Margaret Pifer’s birthday * Avery & Patty Playford’s 50th wedding anniversary * Gene & Royal Ranger’s wedding anniversary * Rosie Refior
Mary Jo Reilly’s birthday * Jackie Ruttinger * Jack & Marilyn Sawyer’s 50th wedding anniversary * Sue & Bill Schrock’s 40th wedding anniversary
Kay & Bob Severson’s wedding * Dr. & Mrs. Glen Shugars’ 50th wedding anniversary * Victor & Bev Siemers * Nanc Stob
Ron & Margaret Strzelecki’s 36th wedding anniversary * Dawn & Paul Sylvester’s marriage * Sarah Chuk & Adam Toomey’s marriage
Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry
Gifts in memory of:
Robert Amrhein * Keith Barton * James Bauhof * Charles (Sonny) Bellomy * Doug Bigelow * Wesley J. Bouwhuis * Charlotte Boven * Marian Brinkert
Yvonne Byce * Vern A. Comburn * Tom Crooks * Dick Cubitt * Myrtle Daudert * Jim & Dee Davidson * Geri Davies * Dennis Deneau * Jan Dobbie
Robert Eager, Sr. * Jeanne Maltby Fahrenbach * Annette Forbes * Wilfred Godfrey * Patricia Haddock * Carl Henderson * Bill Hinkle * Ellen Jager * Loring Janes
Donald F. Johnson * Dorothy Juzwiak * Mary Jo Kistler * Dorothy Kline * John Koetje * Marguerite Kolb * Gordon Kramer * Dara Kwiatkowski * Lance Lambert
Susan Lampinen * Rofina Leintz * Marilyn Mack * Susan Mayfield * Don McKinley * Michael McKinney * Michael Messer * Wilovene Miller * Raymond Milot
Kathy Mizeur * James Nadonly * Clarence B. Nyce * Eulalia (Ukie) Onderlinde * Jamie Oorbeck * Frank Ossiff Jr. * Rosetta Packard * David Park * Chip Passavant
Gerald L. Pochyla * Mary Prey * Mohammed & Sitara Rahman’s late relatives * Beverly Reddy * Roy & Eloise Robinson * William Rosegrant * Frances Russell * Carol
Sakstrup * James H. Schaap * Jerry Shafor * Marilyn & Bernie Shea * William John (Bill) Short * Joani Siwik * Floyd Smith * Mary Spaman
LaVerne Bishop Stanley * John Steurer * Sheila Lundquist Stewart * Ardis Syndergaard * Carlton W. Tiller * Juanita Wells * Mrs. Maria J. Weltevreden
Jane Wend * Marie White * Dorothy Withee * Mary Wyman

Board of Directors Staff/Business Office 269.488.2617ext.

Patricia Carlin Donna McClurkan Dick Anson, Warehouse Assistant 211 Mary Hutchins, Warehouse Assistant 211
Robert Ezelle Harvey Myers Joan Atwell, Call Center Lead 201 Jennifer Johnson, Public Relations/Dev. Director 213
Bruce Gelbaugh Helen Norris Melissa Burel, Donor Database Coordinator 206 Deb Josephson, Services Coordinator 214
Alan Harbaugh Maija Petersons Art Cole, Services Director 207 Marv King, Food Director 211
Michael Henderson Stacey Randolph Ferron Foisy, Call Center Lead 201 Anne Wend Lipsey, Executive Director 208
Lynn Jessel Martha Simpson George Geissel, Bookkeeper 206 Kimberly Schoetzow, Comm. Coordinator 218
Cheryl Knapp Jan Tiderington Kathy Gernaat, Operations Director 212 Carolyn Tyler, Operations Coordinator
Elizabeth Makohn Phyllis Hepp, Director of Organizational Development210 Laura Winther, Volunteer Coordinator 209
Fall Giving
Work Night Opportunity November 16
In recognition of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Kalamazoo
Loaves & Fishes is hosting a community work night during the evening of
Nov. 16. Volunteers will sort and package food donations for distribution
at the November 17 Project Connect event, which will also require
volunteer Positions Available
• call-center operators
• warehouse food sorters and greeters (seasonal)
For more information or to sign up, please call Laura Winther, volunteer coordinator, at (269) 488-2617 ext. 209.

Art Against Hunger Food Drive at the KIA
A food drive will be held in conjunction with the Art & All that Jazz events
(Oct. 8 and Nov. 19) at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St. Drop off your non-perishable food items at
the KIA before Nov. 30 to help Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes stock our shelves for the holiday season.

Support World Food Day by Feeding Local People

In honor of World Food Day on Oct. 16, Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes invites you to hold a food drive to benefit
hungry people in Kalamazoo County. You may not see hunger everyday, but it’s there. Kalamazoo is home to
thousands of undernourished children, families who can’t afford groceries, adults who struggle to compete in the
workplace with an empty stomach, and many who are just barely getting by. Your food donations will help people in
this community today. Go to for more information.

Visit Our New Online Donation Center
Your gifts are important to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes so we want to make sure the giving process
is as easy and convenient for you as possible. Go to to view the new
options you have when making a contribution, like monthly giving and online tributes.

FOOD Annual Campaign is Coming!

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes will launch its 2010/11 annual campaign at the end of October. Funds
from this campaign go toward yearly operating expenses. Look for our Food For All logo in the mail
O and online and help us raise operating dollars for the coming year!


Please pass this on to friends, family, co-workers, or your congregation.

We thank you for your support in helping Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes feed hungry people!

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