Kenai Peninsula Food Bank says thanks

Posted: Monday, May 02, 2011

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

-- Mark Twain

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank wishes to recognize and sincerely thank Sarah Bressler, Chase Kimbrell, Larry Dean Tunseth and Casey Crowder, the organizers of three very creative and well-executed Kenai Central High School senior civics projects that directly benefited our clients and associated agencies during recent months.

The first was a February food and blanket drive at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Sarah Bressler worked with the student council to collect 2,045 pounds of nonperishable food items and several hundred blankets and afghans for distribution to Kenai Peninsula families who receive services at the Food Bank. Recipients had both their stomachs and hearts warmed as they felt not only fed but loved by this special care shown to them. Each family receiving USDA commodities was given the opportunity to choose a blanket, lap robe, or wrap for their household, and many expressed gratitude at the thoughtfulness of the gesture afforded them.

The second resulted from Open Mic Nights advertised and held on three consecutive Friday evenings in late February and early March at Kalifonsky Christian Center. Chase (Mac) Kimbrell, assisted by Youth Leader Kelsie Remsen, collected $58 and 102 pounds of canned and dry goods from attendees of the informal coffee shop gatherings during which a steady stream of local musicians and singers dropped in to share their talents. Two dollars or two cans of food represented the cost of admission, and all enjoyed some very gifted artists presenting both popular and original compositions.

The third involved a Disc Golf Tournament held at the Kenai Eagle course behind the Peninsula Oilers baseball field on Saturday, April 22. Larry Dean Tunseth and Casey Crowder collaborated to offer an afternoon of Frisbee games, with a $10 entrance fee. The winner of the Tournament was awarded a cash prize. $336 was raised for the Food Bank, including a $250 sponsorship provided by Arby's. Many enjoyed this fun event, heightened by the knowledge that they were ultimately assisting those in need.

In March, 1,845 people received USDA Commodity food, and 24,199 pounds of food which equates to 16,133 meals.

We appreciate being the recipients of your hard work and dedicated service on behalf of one in five Kenai Peninsula families. We wish each of you well in your future endeavors, convinced that you will go far due to the lasting effects of your keeping others foremost in mind.

Holly Flynn; AmeriCorps Member, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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