The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank would like to sincerely thank District Executive Jodi Stuart, the Tustumena District of the Great Alaska Council, Boy Scouts of America and all those involved for their outstanding work on the 2011 Scouting for Food Drive which concluded on Saturday, March 5. Boy Scout Troop 669 collected 55 pounds of food items, and Cub Scout Packs 151 and 562 raised $35 and collected 817 pounds of food items, all of which were delivered to our facility on Community College Drive in Soldotna. As it takes 1.5 pounds of food to comprise one meal, 581 meals were thus provided for Kenai Peninsula residents.
Due to this food drive, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will receive funds from the Alan Feinstein Challenge, which is based on monetary donations including pledges and food collected between March 1 and April 30. For the 14th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1 million among anti-hunger agencies throughout our nation to help organizations raise funds. Donations include cash, checks, pledges and food items valued at $1 per pound or item.
In 2010, Alaska ranked 29th of the 50 states regarding food hardship, defined as the lack of money to buy food that families need. The City of Anchorage ranked 26th of 100 large metropolitan statistical areas regarding food hardship in 2010. Food hardship continued to be a serious national problem in 2010, following the Great Recession which began in 2008. The national rate stayed high, and high rates persisted in virtually every region, state, metropolitan statistical Area and congressional district.
Consequently, these generous donations from caring community members go a long way in serving the needy of the Kenai Peninsula, as use of our services continues to increase. We greatly value your partnership in helping to fulfill our mission, "We feed people because no one deserves to be hungry." We truly could not do this without your assistance. Thank you for Being Prepared to Do Your Best in Doing a Good Turn for America.
Holly Flynn; AmeriCorps Member, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank
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