Community News

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2002

Food bank receives grant for education program

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank has received a $10,000 grant from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. The MAZON grant combined with the recent Phillips Alaska and Alaska Food Coalition grants will be used to launch an educational program for food bank clients and community members. Classes will be two to three hours long and are expected to begin in July. Topics will include fish and game harvest opportunities, gardening, wild game butchering and preservation, salmon and seafood care, nutritional meal planning and preparation and money management.

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is one of the largest privately supported philanthropic organizations addressing hunger in America. MAZON (the Hebrew word for "food") raises funds principally by asking American Jews to contribute 3 percent of the cost of their life-cycle celebrations and makes grants to nonprofit organizations working in the United States and abroad to reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Since its founding in 1986, MAZON has awarded grants totaling more than $26 million to emergency feeding programs, food banks, anti-hunger advocacy groups, multi-service organizations, shelter and counseling and small-scale hunger relief and development projects in Israel and poor countries.

Golf tournament, fishing derby planned

The Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired will host a golf tournament and fishing derby Sunday at the Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna and on the Kenai River. A shotgun start at 7 a.m. will give golfers a chance to compete for prizes for categories such as closest to pin, longest drive and lowest gross, while those with hooks will fish for the longest , the heaviest, the first fish caught and the tagged fish. The entry fee is $100, and funds raised will be used to support programs and services that assist Alaskans who have lost their vision. For more information, call (907) 277-3733.

UAA School of Social Work re-accredited

The University of Alaska Ancourage School of Social Work received unanimous recommendation for an eight-year affirmation of accreditation from the Council of Social Work Education at the meeting of the Commission on Accreditation June 15. For more information about the school, visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/socwork/.



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