Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 1:16 PM on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pantry grateful for summer's gifts

"To everything there is a season ..."

The Homer Community Food Pantry's season for having a record amount of fresh harvested vegetables has passed with the closing of Saturday Market. Thanks to Harvest Hope for collecting fresh vegetables for us each Saturday for the second yearin a row. Also, many thanks to those generous growers and purchasers in our wonderful community for sharing and helping us. We hope that you remember we need fresh vegetables all year: potatoes, onions, carrots and fruits. A great big thank youto Mr. Potato Head; he always remembers us. We get very few fresh vegetables or fruit during these next eight months. Having fresh vegetables and fruit is essential to maintaining a healthy diet.

With school in full swing, thanks to Delta Kappa Gamma and a few churches, 113 students were helped with school supplies this year. They have provided this service to our community for five years now. What a blessing for our kids.

Weight Watchershas contributed 500 pounds of food as havemanyothersin our community. Many thanks go out to Kachemak Bay Realtors for their generous financial contribution from its golf tournament. We do appreciate their faithful support over many years.We've received our Feinstein Grant for the 12th year and want to thank you all for helping us with this.

The Senior Center's generous food donations have been invaluable to the Pantry's lunchbox program for our clients. We give out 50-80 boxes each Monday and our clients certainly appreciate them.

In June, we did a cooking fundraiser for and through the Homer United Methodist Church and were blessed with help from several businesses in town: Fat Olives, Best Western and Duggan's for their dishes and catering equipment; Save-U-More and Kachemak Wholesalefor food; McDonald's for their juice containers and Two Sisters Bakeryfor their desserts. Many thanks for your help and support.

We celebrated our 20th year in August with a volunteer luncheon, pictures and Kenny Englishoeprovided lovely music. As Juanita Cox celebratedher 91st birthday, we celebrated her 20th year of service to the Pantry. What agal. Donnie Campbell celebrated 17 years of service. These wonderful ladies rarely miss a Monday and have served on the board many years.

Weare really short onplastic grocery bags, jars and tubs under 16 ounces and small yogurt containers with lids. Food items can always be dropped off at the bottom of the ramp our container is labeled.If you have agarage sale and have items left over, we will take them and happilypass themon to our clients. Also, if you are interested in volunteering, we sure could use you.If you have an hour to spare, we will happily put you to work. And if that hour happens to be any time after 2 p.m.that would be even betteras we seem torun out of steam just as itis time to start cleaning up.

Those of us at the Food Pantry thank you for your support and help for those in need. Love and kindness are never wasted and you do make a difference.

Diana Jeska and the Homer Community

Food Pantry Board