Food bank thanks those who help make changes

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2005

On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank board of directors, I wish to thank all the many volunteers, donors, businesses and other individuals who help us make our job easier to feed hungry Kenai Peninsula residents.

Due to our limited cash budget, we rely heavily on volunteers to assist organization employees such as in the Soup Kitchen, warehouse or office area. Individuals and business groups packaged Thanksgiving food boxes.

In 2004, approximately 1,200 individuals either repackaged beans or rice, assisted garden harvest or helped organize a food drive or fund-raiser.

We especially appreciate the media, newspaper and radio, coverage of events and fund-raisers and assistance of businesses like Coffee Time Espresso's electronic sign advertising.

As a partner with the Kenai Peninsula College and the Service Learning Program, the food bank has a mural installed above the warehouse garage door. Celia Anderson's art students spent many hours creating this beautiful piece of art. T-shirts showing a portion of the mural are on sale at the food bank. Janice High's students visit each semester to learn more about our operations, too. Marketing students show creative ways to showcase the works of the food bank.

As I complete my second year as the executive director, I wish to thank the board of directors for their support and confidence. We have all witnessed many changes as the food bank operates in the community.

For instance, now drivers using a new 2004 truck pick up surplus and distressed food products seven days a week from Fred Meyer, IGA Country Foods and Safeway in Kenai and Soldotna, plus once a week pick ups from Peterkin Distributors.

Member agencies and clients now have greater access and availability to perishable items. More perishable products means additional cooler or freezer space needed. Board members and staff are formulating plans regarding this issue. If you would like to help us with this project, please contact myself or a board member.

Committee members and volunteers will be needed to accomplish this task and others as we seek to improve warehouse storage and distribution. For more information, call 262-3111 or e-mail us at

Linda Swarner, Executive director, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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