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Contributions to fight hunger appreciated

Posted: October 19, 2012 - 8:55am

I would like to take the time to say a well done and thank you to Wal-Mart and their managing staff for their continuous support. People on the Peninsula should know that Wal-Mart continues to account for approximately 50 percent of all incoming food that local stores donate to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. This decision to support us and the residents of the community who are in need of help, has in no small way kept us from getting into a food deficit situation.

A special thank you to Bev Egan and Ferdinand Dominic, who at the last canned food drive, not only said yes to our holding it on their premises, but took away from their valuable time to pitch in and help us collect and load the bounty received from the generous residents of the Peninsula.

Wal-Mart does not just take up residence in our town; it is a friend and neighbor who put the interest of our community in the forefront of their decisions to help make things better for those in need.

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corinnep 10/19/12 - 05:07 pm

Let's see, Walmart donates

Let's see, Walmart donates their food leftovers (that customers won't buy anyway), gets a direct tax write off and doesn't have to pay Borough landfill fees for food waste.

I don't consider that anything extraordinary compared to the people and businesses in this community that give directly to the food bank, and don't expect or get anything back.

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 10/19/12 - 06:35 pm

96 Billion pounds of food a year wasted

The warped commercial ales of foods is not ment to help people but to eventually bring them under subjection and control as prices sky rocket due to God related events like droughts and floods and supposed fuel shortages.
I shop for our church several times a week for 50% off foods to feed anyone that would come in on Wed. nights. I have seen foods that have absolutely nothing wrong with them thrown out due to a rebate by suppliers for unsold items. Whata a shame this is.
As i said before i have seen truck loads of things from differant stores that could be used to help build homes for people just dumped and covered over and it makes me want to cry for this massive waste.
Thats Americas economic system for you there at work folks, it's all about numbers, even warped twisted ones that don't show the massive waste at every turn.
I was just told that eggs would skyrocket to over $6.00 a dozen real soon, as well as many other food prices soaring beyound ability to purchase them. All foods that depend on grains for production will skyrocket, then add the cost of manipulated fuel prices to deliver them and there goes many peoples ability to buy them so they go in the trash can and the cycle continues to spiral out of control.
Harder times are coming buy rice & beans while you have time.

gfds98765 10/19/12 - 07:37 pm

rice & beans & dry non-fat

rice & beans & dry non-fat powdered milk & salt & sugar
& flour & some Jolly Ranchers

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 10/19/12 - 08:04 pm

Poor management or regulations has caused this partly

My wife and i use to provide around 30+ hams and 30+ turkeys with all the trimmings to the food bank EVERY thanksgiving and christmas for years. It cost us around $800.00 each holiday back then to help feed many familys a nice holiday meal, we thought.
That is until one day i was bringing in the annual thanksgiving bounty which filled 3 shopping carts to over flowing and was waiting for a tax slip as 2, thats 2 people dived into the baskets taking as many hams and turkeys as they wanted in their baskets as i watched in shock at what was happening.
I had brought in complete meals for 40+ familys with stuffing, green bean casarol fixings and taters and gravy and even cranberry sauce, with yams and marshmellows to top them with and cheeze cakes to boot and fruit salad fixings too.
A literal feast for many familys we thought during these two holidays.
I asked the attendant what in the world was going on and was told that they can have any and as much as they want and that it's all given out by weight.
I was so mad i almost took every bit of it back but didn't. I how ever told the attendant that i would NEVER donate to the food bank again until they got some form of control installed, and haven't.
The kicker was that the 2 people that were doing this walked out and got in a new cadilac escalade with their bounty and drove off smiling all the way.
I wish this was the case as i truly enjoyed helping others, but this is just like the Vets giving abuse which has also caused many to stop giving to something thats needed out of trusting those involved.
I am sorry that this is the case and wish it wasn't as it has hurt many as well as steal my wife and my blessings of giving to others who are in need, but all caused by those in greed.

Jerry Baty

corinnep 10/22/12 - 05:00 pm

This looks like a win-win for

This looks like a win-win for Walmart and the Food Bank. But this letter still made me very uncomfortable. Thanks to Walmart no doubt, but does the president of the Food Bank have to go so far as in that last paragraph? It sounds like a commercial for Walmart. And people could disagree with Mr. Mattero's statement that the Kenai Walmart is a good citizen and neighbor, for other reasons.

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