The second annual March for Meals took place on the final day of March last Thursday at the Kenai Senior Center. According to Rachael Craig, Kenai Senior Center director, across America the entire month of March was dedicated to similar activities. "We and many other senior agencies are advocating for the 'No Senior goes Hungry' campaign and to support our home meal program for seniors," she said. "March for Meals" is the official campaign of not-for-profit organizations affiliated with the Meals on Wheels Association of America. It is a focused opportunity supported by the national association to raise funds and awareness for local meals programs. Craig says the local Kenai meal program is very active serving 20,000 some meals in the last fiscal year. "There are more than a hundred clients that we serve over the course of the year and we will provide meals seven days a week if needed. The funds we raise for meals stay and are used right here in our senior center and go back into our home meal program, then at the end of the month I can get a national match for funds we raise here locally," she said.
The 132 tickets available at the Kenai Senior Center for the March for Meals dinner and pie auction were sold out in short order with more than 32 home baked pies going up on the auction block. Prior to the auction those lucky enough to have purchased their tickets in advance dined on a delightful meal of catfish, barbequed ribs, and coleslaw, while being entertained by Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets. "I really can't think of a better advocacy program than advocating that no senior goes hungry," said Craig.
Volunteer auctioneer Duane Bannock brought in the high calorie bids with a homemade apple pie by Anita Cates bringing $300 and 2nd highest price for Rachael Craig's key lime pie going for $250. "It was a fantastic time by all and we truly appreciate all the community support and volunteer time advocating for our seniors," said Adm. assistant Kathy Romain. With donations still be tabulated, Romain estimated that nearly $15,000 was raised for the local home meal program. In addition to pies, other auction items were donated from sponsors that included the City of Kenai, Kenai Senior Connection, Inc., Country Foods, Safeway, 3 Bears, Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets, Don Joses/Kenai, Fred Meyers, Paradisos, Alyeska Tire, Koob Chiropractic, Uptown Motel, Halcyon, Artist Rob Jolly, Wells Fargo Bank/Kenai, Acapulco Restaurant/Kenai, Preferred Plumbing, Parker & Associates, Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware, State Farm Insurance/Kristie Babcock, ERA Aviation, Affinity Salon, and the Kenai Senior Center.
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