Community support keeps peninsula residents fed

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2006

There are many blessings received here at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, but the biggest and best blessings we receive are the donations, monetary and nonmonetary, our supporters provide.

We are very grateful for the dedicated peninsula residents and others who support our organization, and we value your participation. All of your donation dollars stay on the peninsula as we provide food products to residents from Homer to Moose Pass. I want to especially thank those anonymous individuals who bought turkeys or hams for us during this holiday season.

Last month, Skyview High School students collected over 4,100 pounds of food during their food drive. Kenai Central High School students collected 1,170 pounds and Soldotna High students gathered 1,145 pounds.

Other youth from Nikiski Junior-High School, Read’s Primary School, Kaleidoscope Charter School, Kalifornsky Beach Elementary and Little People Preschool participated in food drives. The youth provide great inspiration as they are learning about philanthropy.

Businesses hosting food drives include Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Credit Union 1, First National Bank Alaska, KeyBank, Wells Fargo, Allen and Peterson, Chevron-Unocal, ConocoPhillips, Era Aviation, GCI, Hutchings Auto Group, Peninsula Center Mall merchants, Rent a Center, Sears, IGA Country Foods in Kenai, Save U More on K-Beach and Three Bears in Kenai.

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank appreciates the support of KSRM Radio group especially as they sponsored “Ham for the Holidays” on Dec. 8 with IGA Country Foods and with cooperation from the Harley Davidson shop and Airport Rentals. Donors donated approximately 200 hams during the promotion for holiday dinners from Homer to Moose Pass.

Organizations hosting food drives include Central Emergency Services, Christ Lutheran Church and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. The nonperishable food products provide nutritious food for food pantries and the agencies providing food boxes for hungry families.

The food bank apologizes for the recent duplicate solicitation letters received by some residents. Please accept our sincere apology and we regret this occurred.

Thank you one and all for your support of our organization as we strive to help hungry peninsula residents from Homer to Moose Pass. In 2006, each month approximately 30 new households, many including children, are coming to our facility asking for assistance.

Today a young woman carrying a toddler sought food for her family for the first time. The board of directors and staff wish you and your family a merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Linda Swarner

Executive director

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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