Story last updated at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2002

Food Pantry seeks support
The Homer Community Food Pantry is sincerely grateful to our community for generous hearts and willing helpers. We have much to be thankful for, such as businesses who give us food on a regular basis and private donors who enthusiastically share their garden and goods. One couple asked for canned food for the pantry in place of wedding gifts!

We could use your help in collecting and contributing items for our garage sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Homer United Methodist Church basement. As you begin to clean and put away for fall, please remember us. The funds we raise from this sale will be matched by the Aid Association for Lutherans. Please help us out by bringing in items between now and then between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays. We will be glad to write you a receipt.

We invite any of you who would like to sell your own items and need a place to do that to lease a table from us for $20 and join us that day. Call 345-1968 and leave a message and we will get your name on our list.

In July, food distribution numbers were 244 food boxes for 374 adults and 132 children, 79 of whom are disabled, 27 are veterans and 106 are both. Did you know that according to the U.S. Census a total of 36 million people, 13 percent of the U.S. population, fall below the official poverty line?

We would like to thank these private food donors for their help and kindness: Jack Ban, Bruce Barnes and Margie Belieu. Subway, Eagle Quality Center, Espresso Express, Bear Claw Bakery, Save-U-More and the Elks have made needed donations of food this month.

If you would like to help us: 1) Share vegetables from your garden this summer; 2) Collect canned and dry goods (i.e., canned tomatoes and spaghetti noodles; 3) Become a donor, 4) Bring us pint-size containers, egg cartons, Ziplocs (sandwich and quart size) and 16-ounce bottles. We need each other. Thank you for being such a caring community.

Diana Jeska