Annual Report 2012
Making the Most of It
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ANNUAL REPORT 2012
After Glenn Bristle retired two years ago, he and his wife, who were living in Chicago, moved into an “active” retirement community called Sun City. It wasn’t long, however, before they decided they wanted something else. “I wasn’t ready to sit and play shuffleboard the rest of my life,” Glen said. So, they packed up and moved to Cedar Hill to be close to their grandkids, and Glen thought he might do a little more gardening.
people give produce to the pantry, and gardening in “I talked to Connie about any case is good for you. taking their waste for com“I do believe in the econopost. It is a mutual benemy and health of gardenfit,” Glen said. ing, and it’s good for you The Peace Pantry receives spiritually too. It brings fruits and vegetables from you closer to God because local grocery stores as you know it isn’t possible their shelf life nears the by chance. It’s made by end. The good is plucked design.” from the bad and what’s left is messy garbage. Peace Pantry.
That garbage, however, is a valuable commodity to a gardener--providing nutrients for the soil and He always had a garden but a an abundance of vegetasmall one because of the lim- bles with the new crop. In exchange for the ited space at his city home. “fertile loan,” he will be Now he has an acre and a half to dig in, and he’s plant- returning some of his ed some seeds including rad- produce to the pantry, making the most of ish, carrot, lettuce, spinach and the seed of an idea at the what’s left. Glen says he’d like to see more
Our Mission Our mission is to secure and provide food and clothing for needy persons and to provide nurturing and spiritual support.
Robertsville that are in Jefferson County.
Complete the required paperwork
Help is given to families who:
Experience emergency situations.
The Peace Pantry reaches out to residents of Cedar Hill, Dittmer, Morse Mill, Grubville, and those parts of Catawissa and
Live in our service area
Meet our income guidelines
Peace Pantry is an IRS 501 (C )3 organization [EIN 431814790] incorporated in Missouri. We are an equal opportunity USDA provider.
The Peace 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.
From the President Dear Friends, Throughout 2012, the Peace Pantry continued to see a large number of families needing assistance. There were over 6,000 family visits in 2012, a 7% increase over 2011. The total number of individuals comprising these families declined slightly (3%) to 15,927. There was an increase in adults and seniors asking for assistance and there were fewer school aged and younger children needing assistance. Given the changing demographics in the area, this makes sense. The number of children in our area is declining as is evidenced by the recent consolidation of schools. And of course, there are government programs to ensure children get meals while they are in school. With the economy improving, why are we still getting so many requests for help with food? There are a number of reasons that families and individuals seek help through the Peace Pantry. Clearly, the slow recovery of the economy is one. While unemployment continues to go down and more people are finding work, there are still many not fully employed or those who have dropped out of the statistical eye of the unemployment rate. They may be classified as discouraged but are still seeking employment and ready to work. The graphs below from the Bureau of Labor Statistics help paint the picture. In addition, one only has to talk with a few neighbors, friends or family members to find some of these stories.
Charts are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
The above chart represents the combined percentage of people who are unemployed, marginally attached workers and those employed part time because of economic reasons in the month of January during the past 10 years. The chart in the next column represents the average number of weeks those who were unemployed remained Page 2
idle during each year over the past 10 years. Unemployment is only one reason that people seek help from the pantry. Other reasons can include medical conditions or disabilities that make working difficult or impossible for a short period of time or even long term. Some people may be working but not making quite enough to make ends meet. Some may be living on the fringe and just need food. Sometimes food is only needed on a one time emergency basis. Questions have been raised when a few recipients seem to be taking advantage of the generosity of the community. The Peace Pantry does assess economic need for recurring visits using similar guidelines as other government assistance programs such as food stamps or commodities. For folks finding themselves in an emergency situation, one time assistance is provided after an interview is conducted. Once a family qualifies for and accepts help from the pantry, it is the responsibility of those recipients to ensure that the assistance is used for its intended purpose. Commodity assistance is also provided through the Peace Pantry and state guidelines are followed for distributing those commodities in this government program. Our goal is to ensure that the families needing assistance get the assistance they need. Most all of the families receiving assistance are grateful for the help and conscious of taking only what they truly need. With more families needing assistance, more food and volunteer work is also needed. In 2011, when it was more difficult to keep the shelves stocked, we were blessed to have the funds to purchase food needed to help families seeking assistance. In 2012, we were blessed with additional food coming from food drives as the community continued to come together to help ensure there was food for those families in the area needing assistance. The Boy Scout and Letter Carrier food drives and the Girl Scout April Showers personal care item drive helped to keep
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the shelves stocked throughout the year. The many efforts and contributions from the community provided additional food, personal care items, dental care and school supplies for families. Food was also more readily available from the Food Bank and other economical sources. And of course, donations to Annie’s Closet and Bag Sales help raise additional funds to support this cause along with financial donations from many individuals, churches, organizations and businesses. The community helps through volunteering and fundraising. Volunteers are invaluable and make it possible to provide food in an efficient manner. There are many ways to volunteer. Individuals volunteer on a regular basis at the pantry. Churches and organizations get groups together to help with specific projects and events. Organizations and businesses have helped tremendously through fundraising events. Have you been to Chapel Hill’s Trivia Night in March or seen the fabulous Christmas display at the Schroeder House in December? With the increased number of families being served through the Peace Pantry, two areas of need have been identified to help support the pantry’s mission. One need is space. The Peace Pantry crew does a lot with a little and makes the best use of the space available. The level of activity, however, is impeding the efficiency of the operation. More time is spent managing the space and less time directly helping the families. The Peace Pantry is in the process of finding ways to supplement or replace our current space. Our goal will be to fund additional space from our financial reserves without incurring debt, if possible, while ensuring families in our community receive the needed assistance. The second need is leadership. Through continued growth of our services and due to some of our leaders moving to new endeavors or retiring from service, the current leaders at the Peace Pantry are bearing a heavy load. A plan is in place to build a leadership team. Leadership needs have been defined. The plan includes the goal of spreading the load in this all volunteer organization and building up succession plans. If you know of good leaders in our area with a great heart and willingness to serve, please ask them to contact the Peace Pantry to learn more about these opportunities. We are very blessed with the awesome support from this community. It is with heartfelt gratitude that we say Thank You for your assistance to so many families that are dealing with difficult times. Ann Skiles A N N U A L R E P OR T 20 1 2
Gene Corley Takes Leave There was a sad note in 2012, as board member Gene Corley took leave to spend time on the road and fulfill a retirement dream of traveling with his wife Fran. Gene had been working with the Peace Pantry for about 10 years. He said he enjoyed the work, especially helping to remodel the building, getting the new roof up and just having the opportunity to help people. Time on the road has been good though too. “We enjoyed ourselves, went to the Daytona 500. Our son lives in Jacksonville, so we visited him,” Gene said. Director Connie Stretch says he’s been missed. “We miss his expertise and vision for the pantry,” Connie said. “He managed the truck maintenance, made sure they all had good tires and kept them all running. He managed the building maintenance and had great vision for improvements and projects,” she said. But, not to worry. It’s 2013, and he’s already helping out on Wednesday nights.
Del Viehland Joins the Board Del Viehland of Cedar Hill is now a member of the board. The retired truck driver and former business agent for Teamsters Local 682, spends much of his time now serving the community. Viehland is a part of the House Springs Lions Club, the Cedar Hill Elks and serves as Chairman of the Board for the Cedar Hill Fire Protection District. He said he hasn’t been spending as much time as he would like at the pantry, but the experience has opened his eyes. “I knew it was rough out there, but, I didn’t know how much in need people really were,” Del said. He got involved to help out and is impressed with the pantry’s volunteers. “I don’t know how they get done what they get done,” he said. Page 3
The Numbers 2 Year Financials Income Individuals Churches Civic Groups Businesses
2011* 29,518 8,158 4,756 6,060
2012 32,009 11,795 3,044 6,775
Schools Interest Fund Raising Events Bag Sales
2,731 1,198 13,341 19,274
2,683 995 15,779 20,014
Expenses Automotive Electric Trash Telephone & Internet Water & Sewer Propane Office Expenses Insurance Building Maintanence Food Purchases Miscellaneous Tax Return Dental Fund
2011* 14,502 4,937 352 995 806 382 1,213 5,109 11,855 40,273 7 350 11,887
2012 9,851 4,869 448 1,149 897 1,241 1,460 5,209 1,894 33,534 1,064 579 9,951
Pounds of Food Distributed
18,000 16,000 14,000 12,000 10,000 8,000 6,000 4,000 2,000 0
Food Clients Served
By Age Group 10,000 8,000 6,000 4,000 2,000 0
Age 7-18 Age 19-54 Age 55+ 2009 2010 2011 2012
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Volunteer Appreciation They say that love makes the world go round, and that certainly must be true because we see it every day at the Peace Pantry. Love keeps the pantry spinning. Each and every one of the 90 people who work at the Pantry is a volunteer. They care about people in need. And for the first time, in 2012, volunteers were recognized with a special Volunteer Appreciation Reception. “We had not recognized the volunteers for the effort here before,” said Connie Stretch, director. “And it was really nice because a business decided to organize and host it.” That business was Chapel Hill Mortuary in Cedar Hill. About 75 volunteers gathered there September 7. They had a meal, watched a slide presentation, played a game and introduced themselves. “It was the first time so many of them had been under the same roof at once,” Connie said. “A lot of them met people they didn’t know worked here.” Board Member Brian May, owner of Chapel Hill said they hosted the event because the volunteers deserve to be recognized. “We love what the Peace Pantry does, and it only does it because of the volunteers. They are the heart and soul of what we do, and it’s a lot of hard work,” Brian said. “We wanted to make sure those people were recognized and appreciated.”
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Above left: Board President Ann Skiles thanks volunteers for their hard work. Above right: Director Connie Stretch and Board member Brian May. Center: Volunteers! Bottom right: Four volunteers were recognized for September birthdays— from left Gene Corely, Albert Burgdorf, Ann Mattingly and Connie Stretch.
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 2
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
From Annie’s Closet with Love
Reprinted from the Jefferson County Leader she got a job with the St. Louis Post Office and the family moved to House Springs.
When the Peace Pantry opens its doors in Cedar Hill in the morning, Ann Mattingly is one of the first to arrive.
Still, making ends meet wasn’t easy, and others helped the family out. Sometimes, extra items came Mattingly’s way and she would pass them on.
“She comes in with a basket full of laundry in her hands, clothes she took home to wash the night before or treasures that were delivered to her,” said Connie Stretch, pantry director.
“When people would give me things that we couldn’t use, I would take them to a church in Meacham Park. I’ve always done this,” Mattingly said.
To those in need of clothing in the Cedar Hill area, Mattingly is the angel of mercy. Other volunteers at the Peace Pantry call the room set aside for clothing “Annie’s Closet” because of Mattingly’s dedication to that particular need. She has been washing, sewing and distributing clothing for more than 23 years and continues to come in daily even though she will turn 90 this year. Mattingly understands firsthand the importance of providing clothing to families in need. Born in 1923 in Whitney Point in upstate New York, Ann Birmingham was one of nine children. Her family moved to Missouri when she was 12. She lived in Valley Park, but spent summers in Crystal City with her aunt, she said. “We were very poor,” Mattingly said. “My father was a carpenter of a sort. This was during the Depression. Things were rough.” She married John Mattingly, who served during World War II and returned home in October 1944. The couple moved to Michigan for a while, then came back to St. Louis and finally settled in the
southeast Missouri town of Wilhelmina. “We were dirt farmers. We grew cotton and soybeans and had a garden,” Mattingly said. “We ate because we raised our food. I canned all the time. We had chickens, and each year we raised a hog and a cow. “So, we ate, but when it came to clothes, my kids had patches, not like the clothes they have today.” Mattingly sewed clothing for her children from flour sacks and made shirts for husband too. Over the years, that was a lot of clothes, since she and John had 12 children and also raised a granddaughter. Eventually though, Mattingly decided to see if she could get a job working for the Postal Service. She took the Civil Service Test and passed, but there were 55 applications ahead of hers at the Poplar Bluff Post Office near her town. “I told them, ’Get me out of here. Try St. Louis or Kansas City,” Mattingly said. Six months later,
Closer to home, she began helping Bud and Jean Waeltermann, who were operating a homeless shelter and food pantry in the old Morse Mill Hotel. When Mattingly retired from the Postal Service in 1989, she stepped up her volunteerism. Eventually, there was no longer a need for the shelter. It closed, but the pantry was reorganized and move to Cedar Hill, where it was staffed by members of Our Lady Queen of Peace parish, including Mattingly. The venture evolved into the Peace Pantry which drew volunteers from many churches and throughout the community. During those early years, there was no room to store the clothing, so Mattingly had to haul it all home and then bring it back, spreading it out on a tarp each day for clients to see. More than two decades later, Mattingly continues her ministry. In August 2012, she was recognized by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and given an award for her “Unconditional Dedication.” Matting said an award wasn’t necessary. For her, there are rewards in the work.
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Annie, from pg. 6 “When you see kids without food and worn-out shoes or no shoes and how happy they are to get something, it’s rewarding,” Mattingly said. “What is hard is when there is a need and you can’t furnish it.”
work ethic, she demonstrates that she is doing what she loves and living what she believes.” Mattingly says her faith had “a whole lot” to do with how she has lived her life.
Stretch said Mattingly’s dedication helps more than the people who come to the pantry. It helps the volunteers.
“I think we were put on this earth to do what we can, according to our abilities. And after John died in ‘96, I prayed and “She’s an inspiration to the rest of us, asked God, ‘What I should do with my Which keeps us going, “ Stretch said. life?’” Mattingly said. She said she felt “Ann lives her faith every single day. She directed to continue her volunteer serdoesn’t complain. She has a positive atti- vice at the pantry. tude. In the way she treats people and her “There is a need. I wish there wasn’t. But as long as there is a need, I will be here, the good Lord willing.”
A Letter to the Pantry To the Peace Pantry:
I wanted to thank you and everyone else that has helped me get my teeth fixed. I do not know what I would have done without your help. I have suffered so long with bad teeth. I was always in pain and (soon) for the first time in a long time I won’t be in pain from my teeth! Dr. McCaffrey has been a Godsend also. He has worked with me above and beyond what he should ever have to. I am so grateful for all of you! I have been blessed to have all of you involved in my life! This has made me a better person! I have become a person who pays it forward and tries to help other people because you have blessed me! Thank you so much! Sincerely, A Client Editor’s note: Thanks to Chapel Hill and to all that organized a table of players and came out for trivia. The effort raised $13,944 in 2012. Those proceeds helped to fund our dental program. During the year, 70 clients used the dental services and 12 were referred for oral surgery . A N N U A L R E P OR T 20 1 2
Directors of the Board Officers Ann Skiles, President Pat Burgdorf, Vice President Nancy McClellan, Secretary Jim Terry, Treasurer
Board Members Roger Brewer Del Viehland Ann Mattingly Brian May Gary Stephens Connie Stretch Terry Watson
Administration Connie Stretch, Director
Contact Us: The Peace Pantry is located at 6672 Veterans Drive Cedar Hill, MO 63016 Phone Number: 636-285-0934 E-mail us. Peacepantry@att.net Find us online at www.thepeacepantry.org Or on Facebook at The Peace Pantry 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.
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 2012: 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 Comarco St. Louis, Inc. Conner Ash, PC Dierberg’s Dollar General Eagle Bank Evans Automotive Farmers and Merchants Bank Fontana Contracting Frick’s Quality Meats Gary Hahn & Sons Landscaping Gil Schroeder Sod Farm Gi-Gi’s Commissary Green Apple Global Pyrotechnic Solutions Hood’s Discount Center Jeanne’s Dance Studio M. Lillmars DDS & D. Carrano DDS M-M Disposal Metrogistics Northwest Branch Jefferson County Library
The Northwest Way Pfizer Foundation Price Chopper Quik Trip Randy Miller Hauling Ruby’s Silk Flowers Schnucks Markets Shop N Save Sherry Baumann Insurance Agency Sigma -Aldrich Tim Wilmore Wal-Mart Weber Distributing, LLC Wilbert Vault Company
We also thank the numerous individuals who donated to the pantry in 2012 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 Jefferson County Main Event 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