With school back in session preparing for winter moves to the front of most Alaskans priority list this time of year. In a successful effort to be sure no one goes hungry this winter over 300 folks attended the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank’s 16th Annual Soup Supper. “We’re preparing for the needs increasing on the Peninsula this winter and the funds raised at our Soup Supper and auction so we can process a million pounds of food to distribute to our local residents on the Kenai Peninsula who find themselves in need this winter,” said Linda Swarner executive director of the Food Bank.
The Soup Supper is an empty bowl event with over 300 hand crafted bowls created by local potters and members of the Kenai Potters Guild are presented to each ticket holder, “After selecting their bowls participants walked down the hallways at KCHS to view the hundreds of items donated to our silent auction on their way to the cafeteria where a variety of some 12 to 15 soups were waiting to be tasted.
The soups were prepared and donated by local chefs and restaurants in our community and served by volunteers and candidates running for office,” added Swarner. While enjoying their soup, supper goers were treated to the entertaining music provided by “Food for the Soul” a talented ensemble comprised of Vickie Tinker, Bonnie Nichols, Sue Biggs and Jack Will.
Volunteers included members of the Soldotna Lions Club who took the occasion to present the Food Bank with a check for $1,200 raised from their club functions. The Food Bank also sold raffle tickets for the event with long time Food Bank supporter and board member Dayne Clark winning the Beef Raffle and Bernie Oberg won the $2,000 cash raffle. The Beckman family won the trip on the Alaska Railroad. “Our sincere appreciation to all the businesses who contributed auction items and everyone who bid on them, we had a great team of volunteers again this year and I am grateful to live in a community where so many care and give because no one deserves to be hungry,” said Swarner. To find out more about the Peninsula Food Bank go to www.kpfoodbank.org.