End of year letter 2011

What a wonderful 2011.

December 31, 2011 at 3:45pm

Upon entering into the last hours of 2011, I honestly cannot believe it is gone, but I can say it has been a wonderful year. This January 2011 an article was published about the thought of opening a pet food pantry in the community. Working on this prior to this article in my head I thought a year or so would be about the time the concept would all come together in order to form The Kibble Kitchen pet pantry, Inc. To my surprise the community embraced the idea, the need was there and the pantry was opened in April 2011 to serve its first clients and their hungry pets.

I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the good that 2011 brought the pantry ~

1. The generous offer of a store front as a donation to open the pantry

2. Seed money from a past board member to incorporate and become a non profit organization

3. The pantry hosted the 1st Four Legged Food Drive in April and collected several thousand lbs. of pet food

4. Attended several wonderful community events and met many supporters

5. Built friendships with rescue groups, shelters, individuals and businesses

6. Received a donation of 11 pallets of dog food, a donation to have it delivered and was blessed with many volunteers to unload it.

7. Gained an awesome team of volunteers, which we continue to grow the family!

8. Gained a fabulous team of board members which we are now all very close friends

9. Was award a $1000 grant from Humane Society United States

10. Hosted the 1st ever low cost vaccine clinic thanks to HSUS, HSCA, and volunteers

11. Recipients of a food drive at the office of the Indiana Attorney General and had the pleasure of meeting Attorney General Zoeller when he made a visit to the pantry!

12. Had our 501(c) 3 paperwork completed as a donation from Valparaiso University Law. Saving the pantry thousands of dollars

13. Numerous donations of pet food, supplies, and also monetary donations this keeping the pantry full and the building open

14. Being able to provide over 5,000+lbs of pet food to the community in need

15. Helping the many rescues, shelters, and humane societies with dog food when they were in need. The 11-pallet donation was split up between many groups including another pet pantry in our area.

And the list continues~

As the year ends our Face book “likes” can tell you how many supporters the pantry has gained over the past year. Our followings are worldwide where else can the pantry go but up in 2012.

I started this year by myself but finished the year with “WE”, and to clarify “WE” stands for anyone that has decided to join this journey, believing No Pet Should Go Hungry, no pet should suffer or be given up or abandoned due to lack of money. Every volunteer, board member, business, supporters, etc. means so much to the success of the Kibble Kitchen it just couldn’t be done without everyone. We are a team on this journey; each supporter is thought as part of our Kibble Kitchen family.

Sadly to say in this past year I have seen other pantries across the states suffer, needing donations in order to go on.

In this past year what I have seen in NW Indiana is the compassion of many people and their generosity. The pantry to date has NEVER had to purchase pet food to help our clients!

With this I thank you~

With much love and gratitude,

Michelle A. Duca

Founder/Executive Director

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