ALA new Poppy Program Guide now available online and at Emblem Sales
FYI – The new American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program Guide Book is now available online and for purchase from Emblem Sales. The 28-page ALA Poppy Guide incorporates information based on the expanded Poppy Fund Program Rules adopted by The American Legion. It also has helpful ideas for raising funds and heightening awareness of the symbolic meaning of the “In Memoriam” red poppy. Many thanks to the recent ALA National Poppy Committee chairs and members, NHQ staff members, and all who helped over the past few years in developing the content for this Guide.
The ALA Poppy Guide can be purchased from Emblem Sales for $1.95 per copy: http://emblem.legion.org/Poppy-Program-Guide/productinfo/355.218/
The ALA Poppy Guide is available to read online and can be downloaded for free at www.ALAforVeterans.org in the Members Only Section under the tab: Resources/ALA Guides
Remember, The American Legion’s recently expanded Poppy Fund and Program Rules allow more options for raising funds. The new Poppy Guide tells the poppy story, offers suggestions for new ways to increase donations from expanded poppy items to colorful poppy donation cans, has instructions for making the popular felt poppy pins, and explains how Poppy Funds can be used.
Increasing opportunities to share the poppy story and raise donations will help build awareness and American Legion Family brand loyalty. The Poppy program can also be a great opportunity to engage members and foster an ALA culture of goodwill. Thanks everyone for all you do to help achieve the goals of the ALA Centennial Strategic Plan.
VA Needs List
Des Moines needs/projects:
STICKS project (on-going)
Patch & Coin Display (need display cases for displaying all the various military patches and coins being collected right now. Also receiving patches and coins from anyone who wishes to donate. Would like to display in VA as well as have a traveling display case. Costs are between $450 and & $500 each.)
Iowa Hall of Heroes & Hall of Honor (on-going and wanting to expand with additional Iowa veterans. An individual display can cost approximately $220. Veterans being considered right now are the Sullivan Brothers, Nile Kinnick and Bob Feller for starters.)
ALL MONETARY DONATIONS TO BE SENT TO OUR OFFICE: American Legion Auxilary, 720 Lyon St., Des Moines, IA 50309
CENTRAL IOWA VA NEEDS
Homeless Program (CRRC)
Coffee, creamer, sugar, and cups
Monetary donations for:
Popcorn, oil and bags
Policy on Receipt of Food Items at VA Facilities
VA facilities as a whole are NOT allowed to share food prepared in a private home with patients, and items such as cookies/cake/donuts, etc. must be commercially prepared. The policy is entitled “Receipt, Storage and Distribution of Food Items Obtained from Sources Other Than Nutrition and Food Services”.
Section 4, Responsibilities:
b. Chief, Voluntary Service is responsible for overseeing the food donations that are given to Volunteer Service for distribution to patients. This includes the food(s) provided for picnics for patients.
Section 5, Procedures:
a. Food prepared in a private home will not be distributed through Nutrition and Food Service.
d. Foods which do not provide a medium for bacterial growth and may be provided by family and/or friends to individual patients (depending upon patients' dietary restrictions) are:
1. Cake - without filling
2. Donuts - without filling
3. Pastries - without filling
4. Ice Cream
(The items listed above are to be commercially prepared)
6. Fresh fruit (washed prior to eating)
7. Snack type foods in single serving packages, i.e. potatoes chips, corn chips, etc.
Since these items were brought to Voluntary Service for distribution, not Nutrition and Food Service, Section 4 Part B holds us to the same standard as Nutrition and Food Service, meaning that Section 5 Part A pertains to us in that we cannot distribute food prepared in a private home. Section 5 Part D is the most important as it mentions that certain snack items must be commercially prepared. Items like Chex Mix would also have to be commercially prepared as homemade bags would be considered food prepared in a private home.
Thank you for following the guidelines.