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FOOD DRIVE FOR KIDS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL!!

 

AUGUST FOOD: PEANUT BUTTER

 

THE BACKPACKS & SCHOOL SUPPLIES

DISTRIBUTION WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!!

 

 

TO ALL THOSE WHO HELPED OUT ON AUGUST 8, 2015 AND ALL THOSE WHO MADE AUGUST 8 POSSIBLE WITH YOUR DONATIONS - A GREAT BIG 

THANK YOU!!!

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Backpacks Ready for Distribution

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Selection of Boooks

NEXT UP: 

BACK TO SCHOOL FOOD DRIVE

 

The back to school food drive will take place between August 15 - August 29. Businesses and office buildings are encouraged to participate.

 

We are asking for donations of canned tuna,canned pasta, fruit cups, and peanut butter.

 

Our Sponsors are:

Jeff Albee & Sperry Van Ness

Cimarron Sign Service, Inc.

 

We have several food collection locations in office buildings and if anyone is interested in hosting a collection location, please contact:

Diana Plotkin at or Jeff Albee.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Saturday September 12, 2015

Annual Recognition & Awards Luncheon

Celebrating 30 years

 

Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Prince of Peace Family Center

5700 Rudnick Avenue, 

Woodland Hills CA 91367

 

Please RSVP to Debbie Decker at 818-346-6968 or

No charge

Limited Seating 

 

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Thanks to NCL and their volunteers the backpacks were packed and ready with supplies when the kids came to pick them up.

 

WVFP purchased the backpacks this year

Over 300 backpacks were ready to distribute to clients.

Monica Kern donated books and each child had the chance to select 2-3 reading books to add to the backpacks.

Teachers worked with the kids to pick out appropriate books.

 

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

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Hello Everyone,

As Chairman of the WFVP board of directors I want to thank all of our hard working volunteers, coalition members, donors and sponsors for their valuable contributions to the West Valley Food Pantry. We are entering a new period of growth and renewal as we celebrate our 30th year serving our neighbors in the West San Fernando Valley and your contributions make this possible.

 

As we move into the future it is time for us to reexamine our mission and values as an organization and lay the ground work for future growth as an organization.

 

I am excited to share with you the news that efforts are underway with the prestigious Marketing firm Segal and Gale to develop and expand our organizational messaging to the community, improve marketing materials and establish a new brand identity. Segal and Gale have generously donated the firm's time and the talents of their staff to achieve this goal. This will include a new pantry logo, consistent marketing guidelines and the materials we need to communicate with the community as we expand our outreach for corporate sponsors and grow our individual donor base.

 

We are fast approaching our 30th Anniversary Awards Luncheon scheduled for Sat. September 12th at noon in the Prince of Peace Family Center. We look forward to sharing the new Branding Materials and concepts with you.  Please RSVP to Debbie Decker to participate in this exciting event.

 

Your board of directors is hard at work and is here to recognize your interests and concerns. Please feel free out to reach out your coalition representative or any board member with questions or concerns or forward comments to your pantry supervisor.  There is also a suggestion box in the pantry, feel free to drop in a comment or suggestion. 

 

A list of the board members is on the pantry website and email may be sent to a board member at wvfoodpantry@gmail.com.

Continued:

Hank Suzukawa has been instrumental in the development of the database which will help us to better manage client intake, fund raising activities, events, food drives and list management. Training on the new system will be provided once the beta testing is completed and the board has had an opportunity to review the implementation plan.

 

We are working on improving how we manage operational challenges. The Executive committee meets the fourth Monday of the month to work on operations issues and is in the process of updating the by- laws of our organization, streamlining our meetings and addressing concerns. If you would like to contribute process improvement ideas, please forward them to the pantry supervisor or myself for discussion at the board meeting and the operations meetings.

 

As your newly elected Chairman I look forward to working with you to grow our organization, improve communications and expand our service to the community. We have an exciting future ahead of us, and I thank you for being a part of our future success.

 

Best Regards, 

Richard Podleski

WVFP Chairman

 

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DONATIONS

Thank you to those people, organizations and companies that continue to support the West Valley Food Pantry. Your donations are much appreciated. This month we especially thank:

Susan Lasken

Massoud Karimi

Carmen Fraser

D. Bray

Linda Sawyer, POP Vacation Bible School

George & Delores Burton

Aniseia Patel

Merrie Dudley, XIJ Party

For your food donations.

 

Special thank you to Rebecca Hurst and Dennis Nagelman who asked their wedding guests to make donations to the Food Pantry, and congratulations on your marriage.

 

TRIBUTES

Two tributes for Chris Pollan, husband of Allane Pollan

One tribute from Allane's sister in law Renee Pollan

A tribute by Barry Charles

A tribute by First Baptist Church in memory of Alexander Marshall

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HELP WANTED:

 

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE COORDINATOR: 

WVFP is in need of a coordinator for the holiday food drives. This is a coordinator role working from the master food drive calendar to coordinate holiday donation drop-offs with the warehouse staff, coordinating volunteers to work a food-sort for 4-5 schools during November and December as well as being the point person for email regarding holiday donations and questions.

 

TRUCK DRIVER:

Need reliable person with large truck or pick-up truck to make about 2 runs per week, during morning hours, to grocery stores to pick up supplies for the Food Pantry and deliver them to the Pantry. Must have own truck, California Driver's License, some freedom with scheduling, and the will to help us out. Reimbursement for gas costs available.

 

BUYER POSITION:

Chief responsibilities will be grocery store ordering of supplemental food items, arranging payment at store, and coordinating driver pickup of purchases and overseeing delivery to warehouse. Will coordinate with the warehouse manager regarding inventory stock levels and order necessary supplemental food from preferred vendors as needed. Will shop for best buys and discounts and make buying recommendations as needed. Works with store managers to ensure orders are correct and delivered as scheduled.


Interested parties may contact Debbie Decker at foodpantry@popwh.org or Susan Conner or call the Food Pantry.

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PANTRY JUNE STATISTICS:

 

Meals Served:             FP  13.854                            FRC  12,029

 

Families Served:                   685                                            433         

Adults                                 1,102                                             753 

Children                                 437                                            583                      

Total People Served:         1,539                                         1,336                                

 

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