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CONTRIBUTE AND GET INVOLVED -FOOD DRIVES

ANTHEM FOOD DRIVE

TEMPLE KOL TIKVA FOOD DRIVE SEPTEMBER 27, 2015

CALABASAS BOYS SCOUT FOOD DRIVE 

 

SEPTEMBER FOOD: TUNA

 

THE BACK TO SCHOOL FOOD DRIVE WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!!

 

Thanks to everyone for their participation and support. With a very special thank you to Sperry Van Ness, CCIM Los Angeles and Blaze Pizza for their sponsorship!  

 

Thank you also to Cheesecake Factory and Leo and Lilly for their generous donations.    

 

We had food collection boxes in office buildings as far South as Culver City and extending in the San Fernando Valley from Northridge to Westlake and as well as individuals who participated in their neighborhood.  

 

What a wonderful way to help support West Valley Food Pantry clients so that families can prepare nutritious meals as their children go back to school!

 

 

A Message from the Chairman-

30th Anniversary of the West Valley Food Pantry       

                                                                                                               

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The 12th of September marked the 30th Anniversary celebration of the West Valley Food Pantry and included a volunteer recognition awards ceremony. The event was held at the Prince of Peace family center and was attended by over 110 participants. The day marked a key milestone in the pantry's history and recognition was given to long time supporters, founders, and the volunteers.

 

The event began with opening remarks and introductions by board chairman Richard Podleski. Debbie Decker, officer of Outreach and Development co-presented the awards from the pantry and Father Rand Reasoner from Prince of Peace church gave a memorable and moving blessing.

 

Simon Frost from the distinguished marketing firm Siegel and Gale gave an overview of the new marketing strategy, visual identity and marketing collaterals now being implemented. These materials and new communications strategy will help establish a strong brand identity for the West Valley Food Pantry.  The new pantry logo and informational pamphlets were unveiled and well received by the attendees. Our core values of connecting with our neighbors to Serve, Respect and Connect with clients and the community were explained. These principles are the foundation of our work as we move into the future.

 

The event included presentations by Los Angeles councilman Mitch Englander from the 12th district, Calabasas mayor Lucy Martin and the LA Regional Food Bank's CEO, Michael Flood.

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Awards were presented by the City of Los Angeles and Calabasas to the Pantry Board of Directors and volunteers. 

 

Special certificates and recognition by the dignitaries were given to;

The West Valley Food Pantry to recognize of all of the volunteers that have served their community over the last 30 years and still continue to do so. Without the contributions of these volunteers the pantry would not exist.

 

Awards for Long Term Service and Dedication:

Margaret Shively- Co founder and pantry supervisor- 30 plus years of service                  

Al Trumpler- Treasurer and Food Drive Volunteer- 24 years of service.

These recipients also received special recognition certificates and a personal gift presented by the WVFP Board of Directors.

 

Awards for Outstanding Service, certificates and a gift were presented by WVFP board to;

Steve Zarachoff- Chair Emeritus- Ten years of service

Susan Connor-Steeb for 6 years of Outstanding contributions and dedication.

 

Awards for Contributions in Operations were given to,

Jean Buesing- Grant writing, Volunteer training

Hank Suzukawa- Web Site Development and Database Administration

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Star Service Awards representing nomination by popular vote from pantry volunteers and peers for outstanding service were presented to;

Ray Wagoner- Warehouse Operations

Cecil Czachow- Warehouse Operations

Antje Brunner- Pantry Management

 

Smile Recognition Awards representing recognition from the nomination committee for outstanding commitmentwere presented to;

Tedi Mae Tortlano- Communications, Thank You Cards

Glenn Ellis- Assistant Treasurer and Thank you cards

Alane Pollan- Secretary Thank you cards

Helene Fernandez- Scheduling

Alison Gordon-Scheduling

Linda Worland- Database maintenance

Jeff Albee- Food Drive events

Santino- Warehouse management

 

It is with deep gratitude and appreciation that I would like to thank all of the contributors that helped make this event a success. 

 

To Siegel and Gale for their dedication to the project and generous donation of time and talent.  A special thank you goes out to the following:

Jason Cieslak-President, Pacific Rim Siegel and Gale for approving and supporting this initiative!

Simon Frost- strategy and project lead

James Allen - design lead

Chad Cipoletti - messaging lead

Katie Conway - strategy

Marisa Castrigno - messaging

 

To Los Angeles city councilman Mitch Englander, 12th District, Calabasas Mayor Lucy Martin and Representative David Shapiro, and LA Regional Food Bank, Michael Flood. Thank you for your generous support genuine heart felt comments.

 

To Debbie Decker, for the long hours and dedication needed to make this event a success.

 

To Jeff Stichler for all of his support and hard work setting up for the event.

 

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And finally, to all of the wonderful and dedicated volunteers that make the important commitment of time  to Serve, Respect and Connect as "We connect our neighbors with the resources and opportunities to feed community."

 

Thank you to all.

Sincerely,

Richard Podleski

WVFP Chairman

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

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ANTHEM FOOD DRIVE - September 25, 2015

 

TEMPLE KOL TIKVA FOOD DRIVE 

September 27, 2015 11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.

 

CALABASAS BOYS SCOUT FOOD DRIVE 

 

Please Call or Email the West Valley Food Pantry for more information

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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:

Dassault Systems Americas Corp.

DC Collectives (Yolanda Aldaz)

Designer Deals 4 Less (Heros Tasci)

 

 

Special thank you to West Hills Market and Production Company, after filming a commercial they donated

27 boxes sliced bread, approximately 450 loaves

75 cases of cookies and crackers, 1,800 individual boxes

42 cases of soup, 925 cans of soup

18 cases of Pasta Sauce, 425 bottles.

25 cases of Picante Sauce, 300 bottles.

And thanks to Cecil Czachow whose quick action allowed us to grab this opportunity and collect the donation!!

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GARDEN NEWS:

The community garden will be planting lettuce, carrots and small cabbages at the end of September - Fall planting

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HELP WANTED:

 

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 .

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PANTRY AUGUST STATISTICS:

 

Meals Served:             FP  12,744                            FRC  9,612

 

Families Served:                  562                                         313         

Adults                                    994                                        994 

Children                                422                                         476                     

                       

 

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