The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank recently celebrated the fifth annual CANstruction, a national community service project benefiting community food banks. Local engineers, Denise Barth, Phil Bryson and Jack LaShot, judged the entries displayed at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai and Heritage Place in Soldotna.
Congratulations to the USDA Service Center of Kenai for winning both the Judge's Choice Award and the People's Choice Award for its Mr. Beans (a moose) entry. The joint winners of the Best AlasCAN theme were the boat by Boy Scout Troop No. 672 of Soldotna and the salmon-crab by Heritage Place of Soldotna. ACS and Enstar employees teamed up to win the Ton-O-Tin award with a soup pot and ladle sculpture. The Best CANcoction award went to the Soldotna United Methodist Youth Group as they built a high heel sculpture. Employees of the Kenai Peninsula Borough and School District contributed to the Resource Planning Department's Oscar the Grouch sculpture winning the Most CANsumable award.
Thank you to Country Foods and Trustworthy Hardware for their contributions to the winning teams.
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank received more than 2,100 pounds of canned and dry food products to help feed the area's hungry. More individuals are seeking our services whether it is dining in the soup kitchen or registering for the commodity program or an emergency food box. In 2003, the average number of meals served per month increased by 20 percent from 2002. The amount of surplus and distressed food products from grocers, distributors, seafood processors and private individuals decreased by almost 1 percent in 2003 from 2002; therefore, we are feeding more people with less food.
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank board of directors and staff, congratulations to the winners and thank you for your contribution to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Plans are being made for the 2005 CANstruction to be held at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center Feb. 21 to March 6, as we look forward to even greater participation. I wish to express my thanks to Dana Woodard and the staff at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center for allowing the sculptures to be displayed in their facility. Bethany Mercurio, a University of Alaska Southeast student intern, organized the 2004 CANstruction event.
Linda Swarner, executive director
Kenai Peninsula Food Bank
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