Regardless of the challenges that Chevron's operations in the Cook Inlet faced in 2009, the company and its employees are starting the New Year by investing in the community where they live and work. At the first Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting for 2010 Chris Myers, Chevron's Cook Inlet operations manager presented Linda Swarner, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank executive director, and Sal Mattero, Food Bank board of directors, with a check for $10,000 dollars. "We certainly had our challenges in 2009, the volcano had us shut in for three and a half months, and no production means no revenue, but the Chevron way was to wipe the sweat off our brows and go back to work which we did this fall and got production back on line. Things are coming around and we're optimistic and hoping that this will be a good year," Myers told the Kenai Chamber. "Chevron recognizes that these are tough economic times and these are not the times that you hold back because these are the times the needs are the greatest and I'm proud to be part of a company that is willing to do that," added Myers.
Chevron's $10,000 dollar contribution to the Food Bank will actually be worth $20,000 dollars according to Executive Director Linda Swarner , "Chevron's generous gift to our Building to Nourish capitol campaign will be matched by the Rasmussen Foundation challenge grant which is a dollar for dollar match for every dollar we raise toward the remodel and warehouse expansion project," explained Swarner. According to Swarner the Building to Nourish capitol project will provide much needed additional refrigeration space and remodeling of their present facility on Community College Dr., "We are seeing more households than ever before, in 2009 we saw an increase of 40% in new clients above the new client base of 2008, and we are continuing to see over 700 families a month come in to ask for help from the commodity program. We are very happy to receive the Chevron check, they have been a good supporter of our organization for many years, from United Way Day of Caring projects to generous monetary contributions and overall general support that is greatly appreciated," she said.
Swarner encouraged those applying for the 2010 Permanent Fund Dividend on line to use the Pick-Click-and Give option to make a contribution for the Food Bank's general operation funds. Anyone who would like to contribute to the Building to Nourish capitol project and have their contribution matched dollar for dollar can go to www.kpfoodbank.org and designate your gift to the Building to Nourish campaign, or you can drop off a check at the Food Bank designated to the capitol building project. For more information contact Linda Swarner at the Food Bank by calling 262-3111.
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