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December 2009

Inside This Issue Moving It Forward
It’s Monday morning and the phones system. Every day we balance these key
Meijer “Simply Give” 2
are ringing steadily. A group of great ingredients. Some days we need more
Michigan Harvest Festival 2 volunteers are answering those calls for donated food, some days it’s getting the
emergency food — checking eligibility right volunteers in the right place. Every
Panera “Operation Dough-Nation” 2 and directing individuals and families day it’s a stewardship of community
Volunteer Opportunities 3 to one of the 27 Kalamazoo Loaves & donations. That’s what we do.
Fishes Grocery Pantry sites. And here’s why. We do this work
Saving Trees Benefits KLF 3 Out in the warehouse, the truck has because there are people across this
been loaded and is on its way to deliver community who need our assistance.
the cases of food needed to stock the We do this work because both people
shelves of six pantry partners. The we don’t know and people we know
Fast Fact: system hums. What has been a food have found that their resources have
crisis for an individual family is turning not stretched far enough to have food
Over 14,000 pounds of itself into an example of community for their family today. We do this work
care. It’s just another day at Kalamazoo because for almost everyone, it’s hard to
produce were donated Loaves & Fishes. ask and harder still to do without.
during September and The ingredients are simple. You As this year’s Annual Campaign letters
October of 2009. take donations of food, add hundreds hit mailboxes across the community, we
of volunteer hours, supplement the know that the challenges of the current
mix with contributions from caring economic crisis are still very real. And
people across the community, and you we know that this simple service is vital
have an emergency food assistance to the recovery.
– Anne Wend Lipsey, Executive Director
Your donation could Holiday Cookbook 2009
She’s back! Lori Moore, WKZO’s well-known morning personality, has once
be stretched further by again graciously chosen Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes to be the beneficiary
applying for a matching 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
gift from your employer. KLF supporters to come out and add a new cookbook to your collection.

Talk to your Join WKZO & KLF on the following dates:

HR representative Nov. 25, from 4–6 pm

Harding’s Market, S. Westnedge
Dec. 5, from 10 am–noon
Harding’s Market , Woodbridge
Dec. 9, from 11 am–1 pm
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes Harding’s Market , Howard St.
913 E Alcott Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Business: 269.488.2617 / Fax: 269.343.3669
Dec. 17, from 4–6 pm
Food: 269.343•3663 / Email: Liberty Square Furniture
Dec. 18, from 11 am–1 pm
Website: Harding’s Market, West Main
Mark your calendar!
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Through the ‘Simply Give’ campaign amount was given to Kalamazoo
at area Meijer stores, Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes to then be turned including the matching gift, came out
Loaves & Fishes received $4,930 into affordable groceries for hungry to $1,280 from Gull Road, $1,770
to go towards the Grocery Pantry people in our community. from Westnedge and $1,880 from
Program. Shaver Road.
In addition to customer giving,
Donation cards in the amount of Meijer agreed to give a dollar-for- Thanks to Meijer and all their
$10 were available at Meijer stores dollar contribution to all donations dedicated shoppers who helped feed
for customers to purchase. The full received. Totals for area Meijer stores, hungry people by ‘simply giving’!


GATHERING Kalamazoo Loaves &
In a state-wide effort to combat Fishes received a check
hunger, area organizations came in the amount of $7,300
together in September to raise food from Panera Bread’s annual
and funds for this year’s Michigan Operation Dough-Nation
Harvest Gathering celebration. By the program on Oct. 16, 2009.
time that this annual event ended in The funds came directly
November, thousands of pounds and from customers through
thousands of dollars were, once again,
a money drop-box in area
collected for those that need it in our
local community. Panera stores.
• Bronson Hospital – 32,907 lbs of “We believe that the
food and $5831.41 universal spirit of bread is
• Borgess Health – 2951 lbs of food sharing,” said Brian Campbell, marketing director for Trigo Bread, a franchisee
and $4750.42 of Panera Bread. “As part of that philosophy of sharing, we strive to be a good
• MDOT – 411 lbs neighbor and give back to the community through our Operation Dough-
Nation program.”
• Dept. of Corrections – 290 lbs
The check presentation took place during the
• Dept. Environmental Quality – 148
Kalamazoo Institute of Art’s ‘Art For Hunger’
event where guests received free admission in
• Dept. of Human Services – 170 lbs
exchange for a donated non-perishable item.
and $50
This year’s check put Operation Dough-Nation’s
This effort was a tremendous show
contributions to KLF over the $43,000 mark
of support particularly when so many
in Michigan are effected by unstable since the partnership began in 2004.
economic conditions. Thank you to all Part of the KIA’s Art for Hunger event also
participants for giving what you could involved a month-long food drive that is still
so that others in our ongoing. At the time of printing, hundreds of
community will have pounds were already donated, all benefitting KLF.
access to emergency More information about these programs can
food this holiday
be found at and at

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Remember: The KLF Volunteer Department

is expanding its hours to include weekend and
Your ongoing support is evening opportunities.
important to KLF. It’s If you’re looking for a way to get involved fighting
never too soon to think local hunger — but work full•time or go to school,
about Planned Giving. call Seema at 488•2617, ext. 209
to talk about volunteering
See for
on 2nd Saturdays (9 a.m. – Noon)
more information.
or the 2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings (6 – 8 p.m.).


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.

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 As you are filling your

913 E. Alcott, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 shopping cart, please consider
January 2010 – Coupon #78
shopping for and donating
Amount $ these high demand items:
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. December: Oatmeal
Please send your contribution by January 24 January: Canned Meat

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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.

l Compassion l Respect
l Justice l Integrity
l Advocacy

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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