Eight years ago the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank (KPFB) teamed up with Kenai Potters Guild to hold a soup super for the community as a fund raiser. The Potters Guild donated original hand made ceramic bowls to serve the soup in and take home as a reminder that no one should go hungry. Over the year's the soup super bowls have become highly prized collector items for those who have attended the event. The KPFB Soup Super has now become a community tradition that continues to out grow its facilities. According to KPFB executive director Linda Swarner, the first supers were held at the Food Bank on K-Beach Rd., they soon had to move to the Soldotna Sports Center to accommodate the event, and this year more than 300 people packed out the new Sockeye's restaurant at Kenai Landing.
"We are very grateful to all our Soup Super sponsors and everyone who participated in the auction. All together we raised over $40,000 and we couldn't have done it without each person that contributed," said Swarner. This year's super featured music by the Kenai Dixieland Band, Carrol Martin's 4-H Grand Champion beef stew, and Brenda's fantastic vegetarian garden vegetable soup and fabulous halibut chowder. There were also homemade breads and desserts by the Moose is Loose Bakery.
The KPFB mission is to provide nourishing food to the needy, children, infants, handicapped, disabled, frail, and ill, and to promote public awareness of hunger issues. The KPFB served over 2,000 meals during the month of July.
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