The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, prepared some 60-holiday food baskets for local distribution last week, "Thanksgiving is a really important holiday for families, and that's who we serve here at the Food Bank, so Thanksgiving is a big holiday for us here at the Food Bank. Donations are incredible, the community really gets behind Thanksgiving even though we're not all decorated up, people keep coming by with turkeys, dressing, canned goods, and things for holiday boxes in our community. Families and businesses have really gotten behind this to help feed their hungry neighbors," said Peggy Moore, executive director at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.
Preparing the holiday baskets of food was a huge volunteer effort, "It feels good to give back to the community, and I'm doing all I can to help," said Josh Alexander, a senior at Skyview High School who along with schoolmates, Nick Phillips and Amanda Black helped in packing the boxes last week.
According to Moore a lot of the donations are made anonymously, "The only thing we can do is say thanks from the bottom of our hearts, because we don't have any names, they walk in with their arms maybe filled with turkeys or food for the baskets and they don't want any recognition they just want to help us help our neighbors."
Other groups like the Denali Ice Club have made a traditional event out of raising food for the Food Bank with their "Will Skate for Food" ice show at the Soldotna Sports Center, "The skaters collected over 427 pounds of food for us this year, other traditional donations like the Kenai National Honor Society, Safeway/Carrs is doing the turkey call again this year, and that will be going on through Christmas and is an opportunity for anyone to donate money directly to the Food Bank and we come in and shop for exactly what we need for the holiday boxes," said Moore.
Collections will continue throughout the holiday season at the Food Bank and into the New Year, for more information call 262-3111.
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