Donations keep food on the table

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2008

During the months of March and April, we passed on a challenge, the Feinstein Challenge, to supporters of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. The generous response during this time helped us not only to leverage our donations through the challenge, but also to help meet the growing hunger needs in our community.

Because of fuel and food prices, families and individuals are taking a serious hit in the wallet. After remaining stable for several years, the price of a typical weekly shopping cart of food for an Anchorage family of four shot up 10 percent during the first three months of this year, according to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. In one year, ground beef prices rose 18 percent; eggs, 22 percent; and rice, 85 percent. We can add a percentage or two when we shop in our area, even farther from the source.

Meanwhile, in the midst of difficult times, our amazing community continues to be supportive of our efforts to reach the hungry. We thank you all for thinking of us and investing your money and volunteer time and partnering with us. We truly could not do it without you.

Susan Smalley

Acting executive director

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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