Many contribute to food bank’s needs

Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2006

As we near the close of 2005, we at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank — the board members, employees, and I — wish to convey our gratitude for your support during this difficult year of 2005. Recently, thank-you notes and receipts were mailed and unfortunately some were either damaged or destroyed by post office equipment. Contact me if you have not received your receipt for donated items to the food bank.

Through your generous efforts, the Soup Kitchen will have fed more than 23,000 meals to the hungry of the peninsula by end of 2005. The only requirement for diners is hunger, regardless of economic strata and ability to pay. By the end of 2005, the food bank will have provided more than 40,000 pounds of food through the kitchen to adults, children, elders, the disabled and veterans.

When we sometimes feel apprehensive about our ability to feed the poor — 220 new people in November alone — we immediately remember the generosity of grocers, bakers, food distributors, businesses, churches, organizations, individuals and families. We are not alone in this endeavor and often reflect on how wonderful it is to live in a peninsula community that has cared for 17 years.

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank now has 58 agency partners, i.e. churches, daycares and community nonprofit agencies, which further help, ensure people from Homer to Seward have opportunity to receive food from other generous peninsula residents.

Through our agency partners, there has been a 40 percent increase in services to children over the past year, and we serve military veterans, elders, and people with disabilities.

We take our 17-year mission of “No one deserves to be hungry” very seriously and are continually striving to reach any who are hungry, equitably distribute our warehoused food and efficiently expend donated dollars for the most impact on hunger on the Kenai Peninsula.

Thank you for your kind assistance.

Happy, prosperous New Year to us all.

Linda Swarner

Executive director

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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