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Ossefoort and Hardekopf Retire from Fulda Food Shelf Board

November 21, 2012

Liz Hardekopg and Deann Ossefoort have retired from their positions on the Board of Directors for the Fulda Food Shelf. 
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Liz Hardekopg and Deann Ossefoort have retired from their positions on the Board of Directors for the Fulda Food Shelf.
By Norma Dittman
Deann Ossefoort and Liz Hardekopf both retired recently from being a part of the Board of Directors for the Fulda Food Shelf.

Ossefoort has been a volunteer with the Fulda Food Shelf for more than 25 years. She also served on the Board of Directors for that length of time, as well.

Hardekopf became a volunteer at the Fulda Food Shelf in 1995. In 1999 she became a member of the Board of Directors.

Both Ossefoort and Hardekopf say that their volunteerism with the Fulda Food Shelf was a very rewarding experience.

“I felt like I was doing a service for the people of the community,” Ossefoort said. “The people who would come to the Food Shelf came because they were in great need of help to provide food for themselves or their families. At times, they would confide in me or stay and visit a while.”

Hardekopf said that, for her volunteering with the Food Shelf was a way of “paying it forward”. “There were so many times that someone would come in and need help through the Food Shelf, but when they were able to, they would come back and bring produce or goods for others to use. Most everyone was just so very grateful that the Fulda Food Shelf was there to help them in their time of need.”

As Ossefoort and Hardekopf visited about their years of vounteerism with the Fulda Food Shelf, it was obvious that the Food Shelf and the Fulda community, is dear to their hearts.

“This community is wonderful in the way they support the Food Shelf. It is a very giving and caring community who, whenever they were informed of the needs at the Food Shelf, community and rural residents made sure that those needs were met,” Hardekopf said.

“There have been so many times, especially at holiday time, that Maynards would call and say that someone had donated turkeys for the Fulda Food Shelf, and they would ask if we would make sure that they were given to families who could make use of them,” Ossefoort stated.

They both talked about the recent Second Annual Food Drive for the Fulda Food Shelf, organized by Jim Troje, were 520 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected in a door-to-door canvas of the City.

“There comes a time when it is necessary to let someone else take your place and be of service in the capacity that you were serving in,” Ossefoort commented. “Down through the years, there have been many wonderful people who have served on the Board of Directors and who have been volunteers for the Fulda Food Shelf. Both Liz and I are happy to have been a part of that.”


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