The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Annette Shacklett
LOG Editor 

Pantry insists people won't go hungry

Series: The Giving Season | Story 1

This story begins a series of stories on the Giving Season in Seward. Many organizations gather much of their donations at this time of year.

Seward is one giving town. If someone is in need, Sewardites respond with both time and money.

The He Will Provide Food Pantry is one organization that receives much of its donations during the holidays. The organization’s mission is to see to it that area people do not go hungry.

This week many received a turkey and the fixin’s for a Thanksgiving dinner.

The pantry provides food to over 90 families and individuals each week. Some of it comes through the United Way-funded Food Bank of Alaska and a great deal through local donations, Director Sean Hansen told The LOG.

There are many avenues to support the pantry – though clubs, businesses and private donations. Donations of time or resources are also accepted.

Just two weeks ago the Seward Rotary Club donated $3,000 to the pantry from the duck race fundraiser held during Seward Silver Salmon Derby and spring wine-tasting fundraisers.

Essential One is donating 5 cents from each gallon of gas purchased at the local station from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15 to the pantry. “We’re pleased to be a part of supporting the pantry,” Ken Bobbie said. “Our company believes in giving back to the community.” This is the second year Essential One has held the fundraiser. The company hold the fundraiser in other communities where it has stations, too.

Recently the pantry received $1,000 through the Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

Also, at Safeway, bags of groceries priced at $10 each can be purchased and will be delivered to the pantry.

Admission to many events this time of year is a can of food for the pantry.

“The need doesn’t stop when the holidays are over,” one local citizen said. “The need is year round.”

The pantry is open from 3 to 6 p.m. each Thursday in basement of the former library building with the entrance in the alley of the 200 block between Fifth and Sixth.

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