Support helps food bank feed hungry

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2006

We at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank find it hard to put into words our gratitude for the continued support and generosity of local residents. Local grocers including Country Foods, Fred Meyer and Safeway in Kenai and Soldotna each provided 122 or more cans or boxes of food to the food bank for every credit card charge of $91.90 and above during the KDLL 91.9 FM April membership drive. The total donations provided nearly 500 pounds. The support truly makes a difference in the lives of elders, infants and toddlers, the disabled and many, many families on the Kenai.

In 2006, the food bank distributed an average of over 75,550 pounds of food per month to individuals and families through our 57 member agencies, i.e. churches, daycares and community social service organizations. Additionally, our on-site soup kitchen, one of the only kitchens on-site in the state, provides an average of over 1,700 meals each month, and the food bank averages 590 families per month who receive emergency food boxes, a 6 percent increase from 2005. Each month at lease five new families seek our services.

We take our 18-year mission of “No One Deserves to be Hungry” very seriously and are continually striving to reach any who are hungry, equitably distribute our warehoused food, and efficiently expend donated dollars for the most impact on hunger on the Kenai Peninsula — Seward to Homer.

Again, thank you for your support and helping us feed the hungry of the Kenai Peninsula in 2006.

Linda L. Swarner

Executive director

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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