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Annual Report 2011

Gardening and Giving Gardeners are some of the most generous people. They always have a peck of green beans or a few tomatoes for a friend. And there’s good reason. If you’re a gardener, you know that come about August you will be overwhelmed with goodies from your garden, and have canned just about enough thank you.

The Peace Pantry


There’s a place for the remnants of a good harvest—the Peace Pantry. The Peace Pantry now is working with The organization connects gardeners to local food pantries so that people in need will have

the benefit of fresh produce. Good food from the earth is God’s gift, don’t let it go to waste. Stop by the Peace Pantry with your extra produce to help people in need. Created by CNN Hero Gary Oppenheimer, the Campaign is a nationwide grass roots effort connecting millions of gardeners with thousands of local food pantries across all 50 states.

the National Council of Churches, the National Gardening Association and many more, they are diminishing hunger, improving nutrition and helping the environment simultaneously. This season plant a few seeds for your neighbors in need.

With the support of the US Department of Agriculture, Google,

Our Mission Our mission is to secure and provide food and clothing for needy persons and to provide nurturing and spiritual support.

and those parts of Catawissa and Robertsville that are in Jefferson County.

The Peace Pantry reaches out to residents of Cedar Hill, Dittmer, Morse Mill, Grubville,

Live in our service area

Help is given to families who: Meet our income guidelines

The Pantry is open for food assistance: Wed. from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thurs. from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mon. through Thurs. from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. is when we conduct Pantry business, receive donations and supply emergency food.

Complete the required paperwork Experience emergency situations. Peace Pantry is an IRS 501 (C )3 organization [EIN 43 -1814790] incorporated in Missouri. We are an equal opportunity USDA provider.

From the President Dear Friends, The Peace Pantry is serving a record numbers of families, a trend that began in 2009 and is continuing as we move into 2012. With the economy “recovering,� the question is why are there more people in need than ever? From a more global perspective, the Great Recession officially ended in 2009. The rise in unemployment peaked in early 2010. According to, even though the recession ended, there is still a deficit of jobs compared to when the recession started. Making matters worse is a natural rise in the population and the number of people entering the work force. As of January 2012, the gap in the US labor market was 9.8 million jobs.

Traveling a little closer to home, the New Reality of the impact from the Great Recession is easier to see. Some families have been impacted by permanent job losses with companies such as Chrysler leaving the area. Others have been impacted by the loss of work requiring the skilled trades, such as carpenters or sheet metal workers, and it is unclear if and how long it will be for those jobs to come back to pre-recession levels. According to, there are more people competing for fewer available jobs in all sectors. That means that more people may be taking lower paying or part time jobs or they may have run out of unemployment benefits and are still searching for work. Others are re-tooling in hopes of finding new types of work, even though it means starting over in terms of seniority and pay. You may know families with these Page 2

stories or you may be living through one of these scenarios yourself. Add the current employment environment to the number of people who need help due to illnesses, fixed incomes or other hardships that make it difficult to make ends meet, it is easy to see why more families are struggling. The question then becomes what is the long term impact and how can we help families get back on their feet?

While more families are in need of assistance, food available from the Foodbank and other traditional sources is getting harder to come by. As you look at the financials later in this report, you will see that food purchases by the Pantry are up significantly, and yet the amount of food we are able to give away (both from donated and purchased food) declined significantly in 2010 and is now increasing at a much slower rate than the need for assistance. All of this translates into the vital impact this community has as it comes together to provide assistance to families in need. Several organizations and individuals have coordinated drives to provide food, personal care items and school supplies needed to help families in our area. The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Letter Carriers, businesses and individuals do a great job bringing food and other help to those that need it. At one point, when our cupboards were getting bare, a good friend of the Pantry put out a call for food on Facebook and helped replenish our shelves with food just in time to help some of the families needing assistance. Additionally, many individuals, churches and organizations are assisting with financial help. The Peace


Pantry and the families being helped in this community are very blessed by the support this community is providing through these challenging times. Peace Pantry volunteers make a huge impact with assistance to families as they work with suppliers, make purchases and provide food for families to make more nutritional meals. Pantry volunteers also provide school supplies for children needing assistance, provide clothing for those that need it “There are many different jobs and and arrange for emergency dental care. The countless ways you can that you can Peace Pantry is extremely blessed with assist as a volunteer at the Peace Pantry...All that is needed is a very caring and hard working volunteers. helping hand and a giving heart.” With the need for Ann Skiles assistance growing, more volunteer help is needed to support the increased efforts required to provide assistance for the families in our area that need help. There are many different jobs and countless ways that you can assist as a volunteer at the Peace Pantry. And you can bet that no matter what your talents or abilities are or how much or even how little time you have available, there are many opportunities to help that will benefit many in our community. All that is needed is a helping hand and a giving heart. This community is truly blessed with so many very caring people. Thank you for your continued support as we work together to help the families in our area that are dealing with difficult realities. Ann Skiles If you would like to learn more about the job and financial situation and its impact to our country, the sources for the letter include: Economic Policy Institute. 2012. The Great Recession. The State of Working America. Washington, D.C.: Economic Policy Institute. May 5, 2012. < http://> Unemployment data from http:// Statistics provided by the Peace Pantry 3rd paragraph above. A N N U A L R E P OR T 20 1 1

Board President Carol DeVaughan Retires Reverend Carol DeVaughan stepped down from her position as president of the board in 2011. DeVaughan was the pastor at Hillside Presbyterian Church in House Springs and retired from that position in May. She had served the Peace Pantry in many ways over the years. A board member since 2005, she was an advocate for the pantry through the Big River Ministerial Alliance. She also led her church to coordinate the Christmas Adoption program for clients. She served as President of the Board from 2009-2011. She will be missed, said Connie Stretch, Director. “She was a good sounding board, mediator and always an encourager,” Stretch said Ann Skiles has graciously stepped up to fill the role of president, and brings a passion for serving people in need through the Peace Pantry. Ann began working for the Peace Pantry in 2005 as a volunteer. “I wanted to help out in the community and Pat Burgdorf, who attends the same church I do, told me about the Peace Pantry and helped me become a volunteer,” Skiles said. “Soon after, I started back to work full time, so I became a regular helping out on Wednesday nights.” She later served on the Board of Directors for 2 years and became President of the Board in September of 2011. When Ann isn’t volunteering at the Peace Pantry, she is working for BJC HealthCare as a Group Manager in Information Technology. Page 3

The Numbers 2 Year Financials Income Individuals


2010 29,131.59


2011 29,418.20






Civic Groups










Money Cans















Dental Fund





Bag Sale





Total Income





Expenses Automotive Electric Trash Telephone Water & Sewer Propane Office Expenses Insurance Building Maintanence Food Purchases Miscellaneous Tax Return Dental Fund Total Expenses

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

2010 7,716.35 4,078.77 528.00 918.71 686.93 2,177.91 4,192.00 12,750.83 24,970.18 573.92 350.00 8,413.00 74,621.27

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

2011 14,501.65 4,936.92 352.00 995.37 805.91 382.07 1,208.40 5,109.00 11,854.97 40,984.66 20.00 350.00 11,887.00 93,387.95

Services Families Individuals Age 0-6 Age 7-18 Age 19-54 Age 55+ Poundage

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2008 5,259 13,332 1,246 3,152 6,862 2,072 355,492

2009 5,090 13,114 1,214 3,262 6,617 2,021 381,177

2010 5,469 15,049 1,260 3,786 7,562 2,442 345,713

2011 5,946 16,409 1,509 3,801 7,997 3,067 359,458


Receiving and Giving: One Client’s Story The reasons people find themselves in need of assistance from the Peace Pantry are many. The commonality they share is that they do not have enough income to provide adequate food for themselves or their families. “Joe” is just one of the Peace Pantry’s clients. He is self-employed, a woodworker who just can’t seem to make ends meet. When it all started, he didn’t come to the pantry, the pantry came to him. “I was trying to sell my property and Gene Corley, a real estate agent, came out to see me. I guess he could see that I needed help. There was so little food in the house. He came out and brought two bags of food with him,” Joe said. Gene is a volunteer and a member of the board at the Peace Pantry. His initial service helped Joe then and later on, when his situation became even worse. “I was in dire straights, so I came here and told them I didn’t have any food, and I’d like to sign up, but I wanted to help also,” Joe said. At first Joe said he just helped out while he waited for his turn to get food. After some time though, he realized he wanted to do more. “They are so nice and give us such good food. Without it, I would really be in trouble.”

So he began volunteering every Wednesday and on Bag Sale Saturdays. “I feel so much better knowing that I’m not taking, taking, taking. I’m giving something back too,” Joe said. Food assistance, however, was not the only help Joe found at the Peace Pantry. In poor health, the Pantry recommended he go to the free clinic in DeSoto where he found out he had diabetes. Then when that clinic closed, Joe found himself out of the loop. “My diabetes was way out of wack, mostly because I couldn’t afford to go to a doctor,” Joe said. “Connie sent me to a clinic in Eureka. Now my diabetes is under control. A week after I got my medicine I was so much better. They also sent me to a class to learn how to eat right for my diabetes,” he said. Now, not only is Joe’s diabetes controlled, his cholesterol and triglycerides are in check. “If I hadn’t been coming here I wouldn’t have known I had diabetes. I probably would have just gotten worse and died. The nurse said she saw scarring in my eyes. I probably would have gone blind,” Joe said. He’s grateful, not only for the help, but for having the opportunity to help. “Volunteering is a life changing experience. You feel like a part of society, that you’re helping.”

Support the Peace Pantry There are lots of ways to help the Peace Pan- July. We distribute school supplies to chiltry and make a difference in the lives of your dren in August just before school starts. neighbors. Save Paper Bags and Egg Cartons Volunteer! Donate large paper bags because they are More hands make our work go quickly and always needed. Save and donate 12 count smoothly. We are in need of volunteers who egg cartons. When donated eggs get broken, can commit their time to the Peace Pantry on it’s nice to have clean egg cartons. a regular basis. Choose the Peace Pantry Remember to Give Make the Peace Pantry your chosen charity Give to local food and personal care item drives like the Girl Scouts’ April Showers and Boy Scouts’ Scouting for Food. Buy School Supplies Watch for school supplies to go on sale in A N N U A L R E P OR T 20 1 1

for your yearly giving. Your dollars go farther at the Pantry. The staff are volunteers working hard to provide basic necessities— food and clothing to those in need in our community.

For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me. Matthew 25:35 Page 5

Gone, But Not Forgotten Our volunteers mean the world to us! In 2011, we had 99 volunteers who logged 17,697 hours working at the Peace Pantry. Many of these hard working volunteers are older folk who choose to spend their years of retirement serving others. We surely miss them when they go. In 2011, we lost 3 faithful volunteers— Oscar Buchheit, Norene Lea and Jim Smith. Oscar volunteered at the Peace Pantry for 14 years. He was a driver that faithfully picked up donations of food from Kentucky Fried Chicken every night at 9:00. “He was meticulous at everything he did, and he never forgot. If he said something was going to be done, it was done,” said Connie Stretch. Norene Lea spent 5 years working at the Pantry sorting food and crossing out bar codes. She is well remembered as that spunky cashier on Saturday bag sales. “She gave in the volunteer spirit that is so vital to what we do,” Stretch said.

Oscar Buchheit

Jim Smith August 5, 1932 to December 20, 2011

March 15, 1935 to January 30, 2011

Jim Smith too was a faithful volunteer, serving others at that pantry for about 17 years. He is best known for his work weighing food as clients left the pantry. “He learned each person’s name, and interacted well with people. He was good,” Stretch said. They are gone, but will not be forgotten. Their contributions continue to have an impact today, inspiring us all to greater service.

Norene Lea February 18, 1931 to March 27, 2011

New Doors, Paint, Parking Lot and Even the Kitchen Sink Improvements! Through the generosity of individuals and members of local churches, several improvements have been made to the Peace Pantry facility. Members of Spring Hills Presbyterian Church gave the Pantry a sprucing up. They provided the paint and painted the exterior of the building as well as power washed the driveway. We are shining! Members of Hope Builders a youth service organization at Our Lady Queen of Peace took on the inside. They cleaned, painted the interior Page 6

walls and even the shelves. As a result of their effort, it was determined the pantry could use a new faucet and cabinet (okay, it’s not exactly a sink). Ron Copeland and Bob Hoskins graciously installed them. Members of Faith Methodist Church saved their dollars and donated 3 automatic doors to help make us accessible to people with disabilities. “Everybody loves them!” said Connie Stretch. Ron Copeland and Gene Corley provided the labor to install them.

In addition, Fontana Paving provided equipment and sealer for the Peace Pantry’s parking lot. Donating their time and effort to seal it were Mark and Michelle Smith, Mark Smith III, Gene Corley and Lee Corley. Thanks to all for their donations time and effort! In addition, the Peace Pantry hired Althoff Construction to fix a problem of pooling water on the parking lot. They installed an underground water system and restored the blacktop. THE PEACE PANTRY The Peace Pantry is now on the web. In 2011, the Peace Pantry took its first steps into the online world with the building of a website.

The Internet is the medium of the 21st century and having a web presence is today’s equivalent of having a listing in the phone book. It’s essential and better because the answers to all the questions Now that website is launched and is the place to find out are right on the page. what we do, where we’re located, when In addition, the Peace Pantry also has a we’re open and how to contribute. Pages Facebook page. Facebook keeps the include a history of the pantry, a listing of Peace Pantry in the public eye, remindour services, eligibility requirements, ing “friends” of bag sale dates, special contact information and even a donate food drives, and the generosity of our now button where supporters can community with thank yous that everyone can see. Search for “The Peace contribute through pay pal. Pantry,” and friend up!

Ann Skiles, President Pat Burgdorf, Vice President Nancy McClellan, Secretary Jim Terry, Treasurer

Board Members Roger Brewer Ann Mattingly

Dear Staff + Volunteers at the Pantry,

Brian May

I would like to thank your personally for your devoted help. Your hard work and donation have helped me greatly. I hope that I speak for everyone who receives your services to get through these hard times our country is going through. I never dreamed that I would need help at this stage in my life. I worked hard all my life but now because of health problems I do. Your help is such a blessing. I also would like to give special thanks to the High Ridge Rotary Club for the turkey I received because of their donation. I will enjoy it very much. Thank you all very much from the bottom of my heart. God bless you all.

Gary Stephens Connie Stretch Terry Watson

Administration Connie Stretch, Director

Contact Us:

A Client.

Dental Care Is Not Trivial, but Trivia Provides Care the community to join in a not so trivial trivia night that provides emergency dental care for Peace Pantry clients.

Unfortunately, when a family already is seeking assistance from a food pantry for the simplest needs of food and clothing, there are no funds for dental care, even in an emergency.

In 2011, $9207 was raised and 65 people received dental care in 132 visits to Dr. Dennis McCaffrey DDS in Cedar Hill who has agreed to see Peace Pantry clients for emergency treatment at a discount.

Trivia, however can provide dental care. Or so we’ve found courtesy of the efforts of Chapel Hill Mortuary. The May family, owners of the business, has rallied

Thanks to Chapel Hill, Dr. McCaffrey and our caring community, there now is a little less pain for those in need.

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Gene Corley

A Letter to the Pantry

No, dental care is not trivial. It is a serious need. Without care people can suffer pain that seriously affects their health and quality of life.

Directors of the Board

The Peace Pantry is located at 6672 Veterans Drive Cedar Hill, MO 63016 Phone Number: 636-285-0934 E-mail us. The Peace Pantry is an IRS 501 (C) 3 organization incorporated in Missouri. We are an equal opportunity USDA provider. Donations to the Peace Pantry are fully taxdeductible.

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It is this caring community that enables the pantry to care for its less fortunate members. Your hearts, hands and dollars help make a difference in the lives of so many. Thank you from us. Thank you from them. Together we are a better community. The following businesses and organizations have contributed to the Peace Pantry in 2011: Businesses Ameren UE Accent Sales AT&T Bass-Mollet Publishers Bruns Custom Bronze Cecil Whitakers Cedar Hill Dar-E-Kreme Cedar Hill Family Medicine Cedar Hill Florist Cedar Hill Manor Cedar Hill Storage Chapel Hill Mortuary Clary Roofing Color Junkie Salon Comarco St. Louis, Inc. Conner Ash, PC Dierberg’s Eagle Bank Evans Automotive Farmers and Merchants Bank Fontana Contracting Fricks Quality Meats Gary Hahn & Sons Landscaping Gerding Enterprises Gil Schroeder Sod Farm Gi-Gi’s Commisary Green Apple Global Pyrotechnic Solutions Hood’s Discount Center Jeanne’s Dance Studio M. Lillmars DDS & D. Carrano DDS M-M Disposal Northwest Branch Jefferson County Library

Pfizer Foundation Prairie Farms Dairy Quik Trip Randy Miller Hauling Rug Doctor Robo Agrifinance Ruby’s Silk Flowers Schnucks Markets Shop N Save Sherry Baumann Insurance Agency Tim Wilmore Wal-Mart Weber Distributing, LLC Wilbert Vault Company

We also thank the numerous individuals who donated to the pantry in 2011 and the many churches who partner with us each and every year to care for our community.

Organizations American Legion Big River Gobblers Boy Scouts Byrnes Mill Improvement Committee Cedar Hill Elks Daughters of Isabella Girl Scouts High Ridge Rotary House Springs Lions Club Knights of Columbus Men & Ladies Auxiliary Korean War Veterans Association Memories Car Club National Letter Carriers Northwest Jefferson County Democrats

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled. Do not be afraid. John 14:27

Peace Pantry Annual Report 2011  

The Peace Pantry is a nonprofit food pantry located in Jefferson County Missouri. This is their annual report.

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