Community can help food bank helpers

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Is hunger a choice? Is eating a choice? Are you hungry? If you are, or you are concerned about those who are, you can get help or give help by joining with other community members at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank in Soldotna.

The food bank provides food to nearly 60 nonprofit agencies, helping people all across the peninsula. Ninety-seven percent of the food bank's financial support is from local business, families and individuals helping. Local demands for help have increased more than 40 percent in the last year.

Let's help the helpers by celebrating helping and the art of giving on Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank on Kalifornsky Beach Road, across from the Kenai Peninsula College sign on College Loop Road.

A large piece of local art in the form of a mural will be unveiled adorning the food bank building. A donated work of art, in the true art of giving, created by artists in the painting class at KPC under the direction of Professor Celia Anderson. The celebration will begin with a biscuits and gravy fund-raiser, hosted by the Funny River Ladies, starting at 11 a.m. and going until 2 p.m. There also will be a quilt raffle for a beautiful queen size quilt by Elaine Rohloff of the Funny River Quilters, Kenai Fabric Center and the Forget-Me-Not Quilters.

Helping the helpers now during the annual Feinstein Challenge, allows the food bank to receive matching funds based on total dollars and food donated through the end of April. As a community, let's help the helpers who are helping the community by joining together at this wonderful fund-raiser Saturday.

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is a United Way Agency. For more information call 262-3111.

Linda Swarner, Executive director, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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