Volunteers make a difference

Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2009

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank would like to thank the group of 21 youth and five adult volunteers from the Church of the Nazarene who came from Nikiski, Anchor Point, Seward and Soldotna. The group recently came into the food bank and did a great job sorting produce, cleaning shelves and bagging food items.

Their two hours of collective volunteering made a world of difference for the employees. For every volunteer that comes in it helps the small staff of eight people immensely. The food bank could not function without the support of our volunteers. In 2008, the food bank was fortunate enough to have had over 4,100 volunteer hours. At $7.15 an hour that would have cost $29,358 in wages.

Thanks to this group and many other wonderful volunteers, the food bank can put that money toward getting food to those people who need it. We take our 20-plus-year mission of "We feed people because 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 the hunger of the Kenai Peninsula, Seward to Homer.

Linda Swarner

Executive director

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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