Earlier this month, ConocoPhillips' Mike Spangler presented $20,000 to Linda Swarner, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's Executive Director for the Building to Nourish Campaign. The presentation took place at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon. These funds will help the Food Bank with their facility expansion and improvement project at their location on the corner of Community College Drive and K-Beach Rd in Soldotna. The improvements include an upgraded kitchen, improved heating system and larger freezer and cooler capacities.
ConocoPhillips continues to be a partner and long time supporter of the Food Bank as a Platinum sponsor of the Annual Soup Supper and general operations. Employees regularly give of their time and energy to help at United Way Day of Caring and other projects such as company food drives and other projects.
In 2010, the Food Bank provided food each month to well over 700 families in the central Peninsula area. In 2005, an average of 540 families received USDA Commodities. The staff and volunteers process over a million pounds of food products each year. This includes reclaimed food from local grocers, distributors and processors, USDA Commodities and donations gathered by food drives or dropped by the Food Bank. Staff and volunteers served approximately 21,000 meals in the Fireweed Diner last year.
Linda Swarner; Executive Director, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank
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