Story last updated at 3:12 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2002

Pantry donors needed
Dear Editor,

The Homer Community Food Pantry is participating in the Shawn Feinstein Million Dollar Challenge to raise money to help fund our food assistance program. All monetary donations made through April 30 will be reported to the Feinstein Foundation in May. The million dollars will then be divided among the agencies reporting and their checks mailed out in June. Past Feinstein Challenges have helped raise over $120 million dollars for some 2,000 anti-hunger agencies nationwide.

If you are planning to make a donation to the Homer Community Food Pantry, doing so through April 30 will enable us to include your contribution in the challenge. The more donations received through April 30, the more of the Feinstein Foundation's money the Food Pantry will receive. We have placed a few collection cans around town at various businesses and are grateful to them for this privilege.

Donations can also be mailed to us at 770 East End Road or dropped off at the United Methodist Church. For more information call 235-1968.

We regret the recent passing of our friend and fellow volunteer, Betty Pinney. She was on our board of directors and contributed many ideas. She was a blessing to our team and clients and she will be sorely missed.

We welcome two new regulars donors: Bear Claw Bakery and Frosty's. We would like to thank the Mellos for their generous contributions and Bruce Barnes for his much-needed boxes of potatoes.

We serve an average of 500 individuals per month and spend about $13,000 on food and shelter. Some 5,100 food packages were provided to people from Ninilchik to Port Graham in 2001. We are grateful to Homer for helping us help others.

Diana Jeska