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November 12, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
November 12, 2010

MY NAME IS RON DU BROCK AND HAVE BEEN A VOLUNTEER AT THE KENDALL COUNTY FOOD PANTRY FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS. IN THE TIME WHEN THE PANTRY WAS GETTING STARTED TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTY THROUGH BAD TIMES IN THEIR LIVES DUE TO SICKNESS AND DISTRESS, LAID OFF FROM EMPLOYMENT, AND OTHER UNFORTUNATE TIMES. WE HAVE HELPED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. AND PEOPLE WHO WERE SO GRATEFUL HAVE COME BACK TO HELP VOLUNTEER OR THROUGH DONATIONS. THE KCFP HAS GROWN FROM 40 FAMILIES A WEEK TO OVER 200 FAMILIES PER WEEK WITH AN AVERAGE OF BETWEEN 800 TO A THOUSAND PEOPLE PER WEEK. THE SYSTEM THAT IS PUT TOGETHER BY MARIA SPAITH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS HELPED KENDALL COUNTY OF ILLINOIS TO BE ONE OF THE GREATEST ORGANIZATIONS TO WORK FOR. THE PANTRY OPERATES AT 99% EFFICIENTLY AND SO THANKFUL FOR THAT. THE VOLUNTEERS ARE LIKE A FAMILY ALL WHO PUT THEIR EFFORT INTO IT TO MAKE IT WORK. THE KCFP HAS GROWN FROM A BASEMENT WITH NO HEAT IN THE WINTER AND NO AIR CONDITION IN THE SUMMER TO A WARE HOUSE LARGE ENOUGH TO ACCOMMODATE SO MANY PEOPLE. I THANK GOD EVERY DAY FOR PROVIDING THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE.

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KENDALL COUNTY FOOD PANTRY

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NOT CHANGE ANY OPERATION.

November 11, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
November 11, 2010

I started working at the food pantry about 1990 in a very small pantry in the basement of a Farm Bureau building. We had no heat or air and the patrons had to stand outside in all sorts of weather. We than got a new director and a go getter she was. We moved into a new building (to us) and we had heat in the cold winter days and a place for the clients to wait their turn. We had a warehouse that could hold more food. We had a clothing dept. in our old building but we had very limited space. In our new building we got a much larger area to give out clothing to the clients who need clothing, blankets, sheets, towels and misc. items. Everyone was so happy with our new building and we were able to give out more food and clothing for everyone.

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being able to give back to the community. I have been fortunate in my own life to have what I need, but to be able to give to people who have struggled is a blessing to see them go home and know that they will be fed and clothed.

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Hope that someday we would have to go out of business. But, in the meantime I would like to see a bigger and larger building so that maybe the clients could shop like in a grocery store and be able to pick just what they want and need to keep their family fed and happy.

November 11, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
November 11, 2010

I work at the Pantry on Mondays and Thursdays. On Mondays I go in and bag up the bread and baggles we receive from different stors and resteraunts. then when the truck comes from the Illinois Food Pantry we unload it and put the food away either on the shelves or in the freezers or the walk in cooler. On Thursday I help get the food on tables and the bread in bags that we have received either on other days or we got in that morning. Then I help load the clients bags of food into their cars or trucks. It is very humbling working at the food pantry. I am retired after 40 years at Caterpillar. I enjoy working at the food pantry. I am glad I can help other people in need. In this time of high unemployment I am happy I can help other people.

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I have seen people coming to the pantry that belong to my church. I have seen the smiles on their faces knowing that I have volinteered to help them and other people out.

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There is no changes need at this pantry. The people that work there know what is needed to help the clients out.

November 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
November 7, 2010

Having volunteered at the KCFP for almost two years, both in direct service to the clients, and behind the scenes in the office, I can honestly say that I feel the KCFP is the most efficient, and helpful organization of its kind in the area. Volunteers are acutely aware of the feelings of the clients and are most helpful and courteous. Smiles are abundant at the KCFP! While the office help is comprised of part time volunteers, Maria, the director, makes sure that every T is crossed and every I dotted. The KCFP is ever evolving to make the process the best it can be.

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I have seen many community organizations as well as individuals volunteer time, money, product and talent to the KCFP. I have also handed out food and product to the clients, and have seen how much respect every client deserves and is given at the KCFP.

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I think I might have people choose the clothing items first, and then pick up their food items afterward. It seems that the clothing portion takes up quite a bit of time, and with it at the end as it is now, the food items (although most are non-perishable) are in a holding pattern for some time.

November 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
November 6, 2010

I am truly amazed at all the areas the food pantry touches. Before volunteering there, I imagined the pantry just gave out food. It does so much more. By providing clothing, toiletries, pet food and special occasion items like school materials, Easter baskets, family photographs, etc. it reaches out to the community and those in need. I have seen the community, young and old, come together to help those in need by organizing food drives and sponsoring fund raisers. In this era of me first, it is a blessing to see young people reaching out to those who are less fortunate than themselves.

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I am embarrassed sometimes in how thankful the people are who come through the pantry. I am not looking to be thanked. I am only grateful that this resource is available for the those in need.

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I cannot think of any improvements at this time.

November 5, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
November 5, 2010

Hi, My name is Diane. I started at the Kendall County Food Pantry as a volunteer in the clothing department. I was welcomed to the pantry by everyone who works there. It is a great group of people who are there for the right reasons to help the less fortunate through there tough times. Everyone is friendly and very helpful to the clients. It is hard to see people who are so down on there luck. But it makes me feel good that I can maybe be a bright part of their week. We have great people who work at the pantry and great leadership. I feel like I am a part of a family when I volunteer.

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Getting thanked by clients for what we do for them and their families.

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Wish that we didn't have a need for this pantry.

November 3, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
November 3, 2010

My name is Ken Spaeth and I am the Treasurer of the Kendall County Food Pantry ("KCFP"). KCFP has been in existance since 1987 and has had numerous dedicated leaders running it throughout the years. Over the last two and ahalf years or so, my wife, Maria Spaeth, has been running the pantry. Maria is the Executive Director. Since Maria took the reins of the pantry, she has installed a fully functioning board, rellocated to larger and more efficient facilities, serves more than 5 times more clients, and has more than doubled annual giving. The pantry is 100% volunteer operated. That is correct. There is not a single paid employee. All expenses are primarily related to the facility and food provisioning. In fact, the pantry will be receiving it's first Audited Financial Statemetns for 2009. Moving forward, KCFP will issue audited financial statements on an annual basis. We are proud to announce that KCFP spends in excess of 90 cents of every dollar donated on food and program related expenses. This is unpresedented in the industry. Kendall County Illinois is a growing community which has growing needs. There is an ever increasing number of families requiring the services of KCFP. Your donantion dollars will be put to a good and proper use at KCFP. Thank You and God Bless!

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I have personally seen the tremendous improvements in the program services and the growing number of clients being satisfactorily served.

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Continue to expend program services.

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