2015-Triad kids help sort food, learn more about the Food Bank and enjoy some healthy snacks for all their hard work!
2014-The Garden of Eatin',named by a 13 year old girl a few years ago, is a project of the Westside Community Church. A couple in the church donates the land, water and plants and about 8 members help them plant the garden each year. In 2013 6,000 pounds were donated- 1,000 to the Klamath Falls Gospel Mission and 5,000 to the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank. The church sends a challenge to other organizations to adopt a similar project, whether it be a large or small garden, or an individual garden. No amount of produce is too small.
2014- HOOTIE THE OWL (Oregon Tech Mascot) enjoys a ride in the MONEY VAULT during the “State Employee Food Drive.” Kind of hard to catch the prize money with wings!
2014-PACIFIC CREST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION’S Janet Buckalew, Saundra Weaver, Niki Sampson Food Bank & Sue Geremia Pacific Crest FCU come together for a picture and a hug. Pacific Crest FCU and staff have been ongoing supporters of the Food Bank for many, many years. They hold food drives, support our “Wishes Come True” program, and are ONE-TON sponsors during “Supermarket Saturday”, on and on and on. WE LOVE YOU GUYS!
2014-SKY LAKES MEDICAL CENTER STAFF hold a Halloween pumpkin decorating contest. Entry fees were donated to the Food Bank. AREN’T THEY GREAT?
Left to right: Sylvia McCaslin, Mike Milano, Niki Sampson- Food Bank, Barbara Rhodes handing checks from Sky Lakes’ Pumpkin Carving contest and Holly Daze Craft Fair. Proceeds from both events were earmarked by the ACTIONS Team of Sky Lakes to go to the Food Bank. Mike Milano carved the Harley Motorcycle Pumpkin that brought in the most votes/cash in the Pumpkin Carving Contest.
“Old School Rodders” stopped by the Food Bank last summer to deliver food they collected, along with a little cash for extras :) The donation was in memory of Don Day, the oldest Hot Rodder in the country.
Left to right: Dee Kiene, Donna Rose, Don Smalley, Betty Smally
We would be lost without our volunteers. AND we’d get nothing done! We have nearly 800 volunteers that give their time sorting food, distributing food, helping with events and this wonderful group, putting our fundraising newsletter together. Our volunteers gave 24,000 hours of their time last year. That’s $240,000 worth of free labor. YOU TRULY ARE OUR ANGELS!
Amber Gomes & Jim Ostrander of Sterling Bank in Merrill donated their winnings from the Potato Festival “Best Float” Contest held annually in Merrill. The gift provided 400 meals. Thanks to All Sterling Banks for their ongoing support of those in need in the Basin.
Here is the goofiest bunch of elves this side of the North Pole. Big thanks to both the Klamath Falls & Linkville Kiwanis Clubs for making the food bank the beneficiary of this wonderful gift that allowed us to provide about 27,000 meals.
From left to right Bob Millard, Niki Sampson, Jeff Mueller
This is Justice Reinhard. He held his first food drive Halloween of 2003. He was almost a year old. HOW CUTE, HUH?
Justice and Niki putting away the food Justice collected during his ELEVENTH FOOD DRIVE held on his Birthday in November. What a kid :)
Golden Age Club members adopted a family going through a life altering situation during the Christmas holiday in 2013. They donated presents and food which made a bad situation for this family during the holidays, a bit brighter! Thank you all so much. Theresa Rainford with the Golden Age Club on the left. Niki Sampson on the right.
Klamath County Fire District 4 supports the food bank and has for years. They are our angels when community members are in trouble and when someone just needs a little help.
Thank you all!
Klamath Falls Elks Post #1247 have been food bank supporters for years. Their holiday donation of $1,000 created about 8,000 meals for those in need. We just can’t thank them enough for their support.
From L to R- Richard Schweikl- Trustee, Nate Hoffman-ER, Niki Sampson, Larry Johnson-PER
The Dept. of Human Services Staff raised nearly $800 to support those in need in Klamath County. They also secured a 17,000 pound food donation from JW Walker Farms. WOW…What a wonderful group. Thanks to All
From left to right, Top: Connie Phillips, Marilyn Weisenburger, Tony Ford, Jessica Tucker.
Bottom: Katrina Brown, Margot Durand, Luisa Reyes, Debbie Andrews, Vicki Hiland.
Dr. John Wilson-Linkville IPA provided the food bank with a gift of $2,000.
We were able to turn this donation into nearly 17,000 meals. WOW!
And the “Cans For Cuts” Winner for 2012 is….Great Clips AGAIN!
Little kids with big hearts!! Hosanna Christian School came to the food bank to deliver food and take a tour. They learned about how their food drives affect other kids in our community. More than 8,000 kids ate from a food box over the last 12 months. THANKS KIDS :)
Tim Clinton pictured here with Paula from the Crisis Center and Niki with the Food Bank.
Main Street Jewelers have been a food bank supporter for many years. Thanks guys!
Don Haney-Cash & Carry making the difference for so many families in Klamath and Lake Counties. Their October, 2013 gift will provide about 35,000 meals which will feed children, seniors, cancer patients, and many more. THANKS DON!
Nathan Holliday held a food drive and helped to stock our shelves in 2013. As a matter of fact Nathan and the whole Holliday family are big supporters of the food bank. THANKS HOLLIDAY FAMILY!
"Cascade Share The Love Event"
Left to right-Kent Berry, Director- Klamath Falls Gospel Mission, Dave Henry- Subaru Sales Manager, Trish Salvati-General Manager, Niki Sampson, Director-Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank, Tyler Thompson-Sales Manager
In celebration of Cascade Auto Group’s "Caring through Community Sharing" program, Cascade presented two local organizations with checks for more than $3,000.00 each. For each new Subaru sold from November 21st through January 2nd customers were given an opportunity to pick the Klamath-Lake County Food Bank or the Klamath Falls Gospel Mission. Cascade Auto Group then made a $250 donation to the selected organization in their name. Subaru also donated $250 to one of five national charities for each new Subaru sold. In the last four "Share the Love" events Subaru has donated nearly $20 million to national charities and they encourage dealers to get involved with charities in their area to "Bring the Love Home."
"Flip Stop Badge Buttons"
Nurse Tina Mulder had an idea to keep hospital employees badges out of the way of patients and paperwork with a simple magnet and a little fun. She donates 20% of proceeds from the sale of these little gems. Thanks Tina!!!
Kaitlin Gruenberg, senior at Henley high school, donated $1660 to the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank via her non-profit corporation, iFeed inc. The food bank will yield nearly 20,000 pounds of food with this gift.
iFeed inc.'s goal is to help support other local charities that give food to those in need through raising funds and donating them. So far iFeed inc. has donated 157 lbs. of food to the food bank, sold cookies to raise funds for the food bank, and is now donating funds raised through association with the Klamath Falls Gems baseball team. This year iFeed inc. is attempting to double what they raised last year.
WOW! At this rate Kaitlin may be running the food bank when I retire :)
"Cans for Cuts"
In December, the Klamath Lake Counties Food Bank teamed up with 18 local salons for a fundraiser aptly named “CANS FOR CUTS.” Throughout the month of December participating local salons collected 718 pounds of food and $570.74. The monetary donations allowed us to yield about 7,500 additional pounds of much needed food!
In a friendly competition, the winning salon…Avalon Great Clips this year…was awarded the beautiful 4’ trophy. This "roaming" trophy will be presented each year to the salon that collects the most food and funds. Thanks to all the salons that participated and to all the salon clients who so generously donated:
All About You Salon
Cutting Edge Salon
Foxy Lady Salon
|Great Clips S. 6th St.
Hair Co. & More
Headhunter’s Hair Design
Indulgence Salon & Day Spa
|Nelson & Rose Salon
Pizzazz Salon & Day Spa
Mormon Helping Hands -
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Paul Stewart-- Klamath Falls Oregon Stake President, Niki Sampson--Director-Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank, Gerry Hill--Klamath Falls Oregon Stake Public Affairs Director
On September 17th, 2011, Mormon Helping Hands - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints collected nearly 12,000 pounds of food from Klamath and Lake County residents. Grocery bags were left at 10,000 homes on September 14th asking residents to fill the bag and leave it on their porch for pick up. The response was fantastic. Along with the 12,000 pounds of food collected, monetary donations made by church members and others totaled just over $5,600, yielding approximated 67,500 additional pounds of food. LDS Church Members donated 1,500 hours of their time organizing, delivering food bags and collecting the food. This kind of help is the only way we can keep up with this unbelievable demand. This community makes my heart smile!
The food drive was part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Church Welfare Program. Each Stake throughout the world was asked to participate in the 2011 Community Day of Service.
Gerry Hill, LDS Public Affairs Director, commented on what a pleasure it was working with the food bank. I responded with a laugh and how the pleasure was truly all ours!!!
This economy has forced many to look to the food bank for a little help. We’re currently distributing 31,000 pounds of food weekly. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more difficult to keep up with the weekly demand.
This food drive was a huge undertaking and will sustain us until other food drives take place over the next 3-4 months. Every single person donating one can of food CAN make such a difference!
Thanks to ALL
Eric and James with Albertsons receive a big thank you card from Niki Sampson with the food bank. Albertsons is a big supporter of the food bank. They ask customers to support Thanksgiving dinners for those in need. Our early spring event "Project Second Wind" raises thousands of pounds of food annually. They donate gift cards for food purchase and to assist cancer treatment patients. And last, but not least; they are a vital part of our food rescue program that takes place daily. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!
LETTER CARRIERS' FOOD DRIVE
The annual Letter Carrier's Food Drive takes place in May. Our wonderful local letter carriers deposit bags in mailboxes a couple of days before the event. Residents are asked to fill the bag and the carriers pick up the food and deliver it to our awesome volunteers set up across from the post office the day of the event. In May of 2011 more than 31,000 pounds of food were collected through rain, snow, sun, sleet and hail.
BIRTHDAY FOOD DRIVE
This is Tannyr Rose. Tannyr is a food bank supporter. This wonderful kid sent out a flyer asking his classmates to donate a can of food to his Birthday food drive. He raised 31 pounds of food and $40. The $40 will yield as much as 480 additional pounds of food. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TANNYR AND THANK YOU FOR BEING A HUNGER HERO.
TRAILERS FOR THE FOOD BANK
KMSB Foundation and Sterling Savings Bank provided $6,334 in grant funding that allowed the food bank to purchase three flatbed trailers for food pantries in Lake County. Two of the trailers will provide a safer and easier way for pantry volunteers to pick up more food in Kamath Falls and unload it more easily at their sites in Lakeview and Paisley. The third will benefit local member agencies on an as-need basis. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
PETCO - "WHERE THE PETS GO"
Petco's staff, vendors and customers raised $1,555 dollars to feed humans. They take care of humans and pets. We receive pet food and pet products weekly. We donate these products to low-income seniors to help their pets. Many of the seniors we help have small dogs or cats for companionship, sometimes their only 24 hour companion. THANKS PETCO!!!
KLAMATH LUTHERAN CHURCH
The food bank provided a small grant for Klamath Lutheran Church (a food pantry member agency) to build a couple of small garden boxes to get local kids interested in growing their own food. What fun. We'll let you know how it turns out in a couple of months!!!!
E3LIVE / KLAMATH ALGAE
E3Live/Klamath Algae staff are wonderful. They raised nearly $700 and 400 pounds of food to help feed our friends and neighbors in our commuity that are struggling right now.
Safeway employees raise $1,000. YeeeeeeeHaaaaaaaaaaa!