Letters – Jan. 29

‘Candles’ brighten our community

What a busy year 2013 was for the Homer Community Food Pantry. It’s been a year of changes, as we lost Juanita, our longest-serving board member, as well as Gregory, who kept us all organized. We have also gained some new, wonderful ones, and our volunteer army has served yet another year. Words of praise and thanks go to them as they support and feed people with a smile every Monday. Last year, we logged 12,000 hours.
Our faithful weekly contributors are pillars in our fight against hunger. Thanks to Safeway, Save-U-More, Kachemak Warehouse, Homer Theatre, Duncan House, Bagel Shop, K-Bay Caffe, the Senior Center and our South Peninsula Hospital.
Several churches collect food regularly each month for us: St. John’s Catholic, Christian Community Church, All Saints of America, St. Augustine’s Episcopal, Homer United Methodist Church, St. Mark’s Lutheran and the LDS Church.
Kandu, the dragon at Sav-u-more done by Mr. Potato Head, gathers food for us also.
Our many yearly canned goods collectors include the U.S. Coast Guard, the Dub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Baptist Youth Group, Bay Club, Weight Watchers and Stay Tan. Schools who donate yearly include Flex, Homer Middle School, West Homer Elementary and McNeil Canyon. It’s a beautiful effort on our community’s part to help others with food.
Last year, we served 4,800 meals and provided food to 19,000 adults and children. Overall numbers were higher than the previous year. Interestingly, we do not get the same people every week. Half of our clients get food three times a month or less. About 50 clients get food 2-3 times a month.
Some exceptional financial donations were made this year by Safeway’s “Hunger Bags” program. Homer donated 430 bags of food, which is also bigger number than last year. Petro Express donated five cents from every gallon of gas sold for three weeks in December, and a number of private and business donors made contributions that were a great help to us.
Empty Bowls, a national program for fundraising on the behalf of food pantries, was our first big donor. The artist community offered to make bowls for us and it turned out to be an amazing fundraiser. We are looking forward to this year’s. As it has been, the efforts on behalf of others in our community were outstanding.
Theresa Dubber’s brigade is still making jam for clients, and the Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary has joined us in this endeavor. Many thanks to them for their support in that, as well as for the vegetable they are able to obtain. More words of thanks to Homer Air and Smoky Bay Air, who continue to ship boxes across the Bay each month. Top Shelf gives us storage space, Andy’s Refrigeration helps us with our freezer and Coal Point has helped us with freezer space, as well. Thank you all for your contributions.
Check us out on Facebook, and friend us on “Homer Community Food Pantry.”
Thank you, Homer, for yet another great year of walking beside us and lending a hand whenever you can. “A candle brightens wherever it goes.” Thanks for being the candles that brighten our community.
Diana Jeska and HCFP Board Members

Investing in the future of our land

On behalf of Kachemak Heritage Land Trust, I want to thank the City of Homer for investing in its nonprofit grants program. The City’s grant to Kachemak Heritage Land Trust in 2013 helped our community by funding a portion of our land stewardship program, including caring for properties like our 28 acre Calvin and Coyle Nature Trail and our in-town Poopdeck Property.
Our Poopdeck Property includes KHLT’s Community Garden, which is cared for by local children. Celebrating our 25th year, we appreciate the city’s commitment to organizations that are reliable, responsible and effective, and add value to this special place we live.
Marie McCarty,
Executive Director Kachemak Heritage Land Trust

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