Klamath/Lake Counties Food Bank
NEWSLETTER April, 2014
FROM THE DIRECTOR
YEAR 18 FOR ME, BEGINS NEXT MONTH!!
Time seems to fly by faster every year. As I've mentioned many times before, I love my job. I get it done because of the help I get from you and so many other wonderful people in this community.
THE KLAMATH-LAKE COUNTIES FOOD BANK OFFICIALLY HELPING THOSE IN NEED FOR 30 YEARS!!
The food bank became an official non-profit organization in July of 1984. It existed prior to its non-profit status providing help to families who were struggling with a bad economy and logging jobs that were disappearing during the late 70’s and early 80’s.
Today the food bank continues to help families that are struggling to make ends meet, AS WELL AS assisting other non-profits working to get people up and out of poverty. YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN!
IT’S ALMOST GARDEN TIME!
And remember….we can take zucchini the size of small children :)! Any produce you grow in your own garden we can accept. If you’d like to grow a row for the food bank, our produce wish list includes corn, cherry or grape tomatoes, peppers-from bell to jalapeno-and yellow crookneck squash. So once again, when your friends and neighbors are running from you when they see you coming with ANOTHER zucchini, think of the food bank. We’ll take whatever garden produce you have.
THE FEINSTEIN CHALLENGE GRANT $$$
Alan Shawn Feinstein with the Feinstein Foundation has put up his annual $1,000,000 CHALLENGE GRANT to fight hunger. This challenge is so very important to the food bank. We get a bigger bang with your donated buck.
Plus each can or package of food collected counts as a dollar towards the challenge. Make your donation in person, by check or on-line, on or before April 30 to have it qualify for the challenge.
If the total donations raised towards the challenge exceed the challenge funds, the MILLION DOLLARS will be divided proportionately amongst the food programs that participated. WHAT A DEAL!! Remember we can yield up to 10 pounds of food per dollar donated.
Do you have a Fred Meyer rewards card? If so, you can scan your rewards card and the food bank will earn a donation while you earn your Rewards Ponts. If you don’t have a rewards card, go to www.fredmeyer.com; you will need to do that before proceeding.
Next go to fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
Click on: Link your rewards card now.
- Sign in: email and password required.
- Find your organization, type in: Klamath Food Bank
- Click on the circle next to Klamath Lake Counties Food Bank.
- Click Save
- A message flashes in the lower left message under community rewards: Your enrollment has been updated thank-you for participating.
- Log out
Look for that plastic bag in your mail box on Thursday, May 8th. All we ask is you throw a couple of non-perishable food donations in the bag and set it on or by your mailbox. Your letter carrier will pick it up on Saturday, May 10. Spread the word using email, cell phone or your facebook page? We really need every can or box of food we can get.
DON’T THROW IT AWAY….YET.
Did you know canned food is still edible up to a year after the date shown on the can? Please check our website at klamathfoodbank.org on the home page under: FOOD DONATION GUIDELINES to find out shelf life information and what we’re allowed to accept.
IF YOU’VE RECENTLY MADE A DONATION TO THE FOOD BANK, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
Thanks for supporting
Klamath/Lake Counties Food Bank
...Stats and Facts...
— About 23,000 people ate from a food box last fiscal year. The food bank also provided food to assist in the preparation of 485,000 meals that fed approximately 4,000 kids, seniors, disabled folks and those without a home.
— Last fiscal year the food bank distributed nearly 1.5 million pounds of food to nearly 70 agencies like the Senior Centers in Klamath and Lake Counties, YMCA, Cancer Treatment Center, Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul, Klamath Hospice, The Gospel Mission and many, many more. Our service area covers 18,000 square miles from Christmas Valley to Keno and Chemult to Malin.
Every dollar donated to the food bank will yield about 10 pounds of food.
No donation is ever too small.
Who relies on the food bank and the programs it serves?
Seniors & Disabled People / Cancer Treatment Patients / Hospice Patients / Veterans / Single Parents with Special-Needs Children / People with no home / Those who’ve had work hours cut / Individuals Recently Laid Off / People Who Need a Little Temporary Help and Don’t Want To Ask Public for Assistance
The food bank appreciates your support!!!!!!!
For more information about the Klamath/Lake Counties Food Bank call 882-1223.
The Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank has been serving our community for 29 years.
Our Action Statement:
To address hunger by providing food to emergency food assistance programs and support other non-profit agencies and their programs that have a positive affect on the lives of children and adults in Klamath and Lake Counties
For more information about the food bank:
Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank
3231 Maywood Dr.
Klamath Falls, OR 97603