Food bank works because of community

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2008

As we begin our 20th year, on behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Board of Directors and staff, thank you very much for your past support of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. As 2007 ended, the food bank shelves did not contain as many food products as we saw at the end of 2006 just as nationwide food banks saw a decrease in corporate food product donations.

We are very grateful for all the donations received in food drives throughout our community this past year, especially those during the holiday season. Local residents gave freely of their dollars and pantry items whether at a dance, the ice skating recital, a local financial institution or to young people collecting food or bringing turkeys and hams to the food bank facility on Community College Drive.

Your food donations helped provide over 20,250 meals in the soup kitchen in 2007. Some food donations helped provide meals at senior centers or to a member agency provide a food box to a hungry peninsula family whether they live in Homer or Moose Pass.

There are costs associated with acquisition, warehousing, distribution and transportation. The food bank's operating budget is funded with generous donations from local residents, businesses, corporation and organization grants in addition to handling fees paid by member agencies.

The food bank's mission is to provide nourishing food to the needy, children, infants, handicapped, disabled, frail and ill and promote public awareness of hunger issues. The food bank acquires food from generous local donors, food distributors, retailers, fish processors, Food Bank of Alaska and America's Second Harvest.

Thank you to all the groups and individuals who volunteered at our facility throughout the year. We especially appreciate the young people, including the Brown Bears hockey team.

For those of you contemplating a New Year's resolution, please consider this: Volunteers are always welcome for day-to-day operations or special projects for your group or organization.

Please call for volunteer opportunities (262-3111) or contact me at kpfoodbanked@acsalaska.net.

Linda Swarner

Executive director

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank



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