Volunteers, donors help make food bank drives a success

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2004

On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Board of Directors and staff, I would like to thank the United Way Day of Caring chairman Ron Delaney for organizing the Central Peninsula Day of Caring Food Drive on Sept. 17.

The community donated 810 pounds of food products to volunteers staffing the Lynden vans at the Fred Meyer and Kenai Senior Citizens Center parking lots.

During the ConocoPhillips Day of Caring, employees or spouses spent many hours at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank washing windows, clearing brush, tiling a mop sink area and performing other jobs such as installing shelves. We appreciate the driveways cleared of brush. United Rentals graciously donated a brush shredder, which was used Sept. 14.

Volunteers and donations help the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank provide an average of over 2,000 meals per month to soup kitchen diners.

Over 16,500 pounds of surplus and distressed food products were distributed to hungry peninsula residents who came to the food bank in September asking for help. This food may have been discarded at the borough landfill unless food bank personnel product pickups at local grocery stores or distributors.

We appreciate all the time and energy of our volunteers and donors. Thank you so much for sharing of yourselves and your funds.

Linda L. Swarner

Executive director

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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