Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 9:51 PM on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pantry says thanks

It's a blessing living in a town where neighbors help neighbors. The Homer Community Food Pantry is most grateful to its many helpful and generous neighbors. For example, Share the Warmth collected 550-600 clothing items for our pantry family. One hundred were coats and jackets. It was a big help and boost at this time of year. Their group was there every Monday in January to help out. Great job, gang.

Alaska Bible Institute's students and staff collected 325 pounds of dry and canned goods from the community. It was a great help. The Bay Club has been collecting also and has sent us 350 pounds so far.

Latitude 59 sent a wonderful donation of fresh vegetables (lettuce, carrots, onions and potatoes). Weight Watchers gave us 30 pounds of food. Our potato friends are still bringing in potatoes thanks, Mr. Purington, Mr. Barnes, Theresa Dubber and Mr. Potato Man.

Kachemak Bay Realtors made a generous financial donation. Also, Kachemak Bay Rotary Club not only contributes financially but is doing a monthly food drive for us. They have both helped us faithfully for the past 10 years plus. We also are grateful to the Rotary Club of Homer Downtown for their financial donation made possible, in part, by a grant from the Homer Foundation with monies from the Jane Little Family Endowment Fund. What a great giving community.

Just a reminder: This is the 14th consecutive year that the Feinstein grant will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting agencies nationwide using it to raise food and funds during March 1 to April 30. Last year we earned $500. The more donations (monetary and non-monetary) made to the pantry during these two months, the larger our share of the grant will be.

Alaska Ice and Storage has been kind enough to store several boxes of frozen items for a couple of months for us.

Homer is a community of helpers. Have you noticed that as we give of ourselves, we strengthen and "weave together" the hurting places in our community? Way to go, Homer.

Diana Jeska and the

Homer Community

Food Pantry Board