A Letter of Thanks from VEAP

November 16, 2014

Dear Fellow Parishioners:

Autumn greetings! I know it seems like winter, yet let’s not give in to the cold. There still is time to en- joy a beautiful fall season. As we approach Thanksgiving, I thought you might appreciate the following thank you letter from VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) our local social service agency.

Keep the faith, Fr. Brian
P.S., Just a reminder, next week (November 22-23) there will be a second collection to support the

Catholic Campaign for Human Development. More info will be in next week’s bulletin. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Dear Father Fier:

Thank you for your donation of 1,226 pounds of food plus school supplies to VEAP’s Back to School Program. Your support makes it possible for individuals and families in our community to put food on the table and get connected to other services that contribute to their long-term stability.

It was a busy end to summer as VEAP provided 3,175 children with new backpacks filled with 70,000 school supplies! Families were extremely grateful as the kids with smiling faces walked out proudly with their new backpacks on their backs. Back to School was a success thanks to everyone’s support and involvement.

VEAP operates the largest food pantry in the state and thanks to the expanded space in our new home at 9600 Aldrich, we are able to receive and process more fresh produce than ever before. In fact, most families exiting VEAP’s food pantry doors are now taking home an average of 30 pounds of food, 50% of that being fresh produce. In VEAP’s old space, the average take home amount was 25 pounds. This is good news when you consider that 43% of the individuals we serve are children who need fruits and vegetables to develop their minds and bodies in a healthy way. It is good news for adults too, because eating healthy foods help prevent chronic health problems like obesity, diabetes and high blood pres- sure.

Thank you again for supporting your neighbors in need. Together we are making a difference in the lives of neighbors in our community.

Sincerely,
Patty Schulz Advancement Director

P.S. Save the date! Join us for VEAP’s 15th Annual Gala on November 14 at the Hilton Double Tree in Bloomington. For more information visit annualgala.veap.org. OR you can also get involved by donating to the VEAP Toy drive now thru December 14.