Food bank support makes a difference

Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2009

As a member of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Board of Directors I am pleased to express my personal appreciation and that of the Board and staff, and for the many peninsula residents you have helped to feed, for your gracious and generous support of the Food Bank in 2009.

The KPFB depends on money donations from community members, oil companies and their employees, many local businesses, and significant support from the United Way to help pay the operational costs needed to serve those in need. We also rely on fresh food contributions from local grocery stores and canned foods raised by numerous community projects.

Over the past year many of you have helped with your financial contributions and services and by "dropping in" cans of food in food baskets at local banks, community centers, and in many of our public schools.

It was rewarding to watch children and young adults establish collection projects and watching parents and school staff helping their children understand the value of helping our neighbors.

The KPFB is a distribution center for nearly 60 civic and religious organizations on the peninsula to provide food to those in need of assistance. During recent years the number has reached more than 10,000 served. In 2009 we experienced a 40 percent increase, due to unexpected circumstances, such as the high rate of unemployment, and the effect of poor commercial and personal fishing seasons. The rise in population of the Kenai Peninsula has also increased the demands of the Food Bank and is already overworking our limited facilities.

The Board of Directors has accepted the new challenge and is planning an improved facility to continue our support to our Peninsula friends and neighbors.

The campaign "Building to Nourish" requires us to raise $395,000 by this coming spring to be matched by a Rasmuson Foundation grant. Every dollar you contribute to our 2010 operation budget and the building fund takes us nearer to this important goal.

You may pledge a given amount or make a direct contribution to the "Building to Nourish" fund. To find out how you can help call the KPFB at 262-3111.

Thank you for your heartwarming support in 2009 and for your continued support in 2010. You financial support and service makes each of us richer in spirit, and "does the Kenai Peninsula proud."

Don Oberg


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