By Heidi Zemach for SCN
He Will Provide Food Pantry volunteers were amazed and delighted this week when someone with the Alaska Marine Ferry Tustumena, in town this winter for service at Seward Ships boatyard at Seward Municipal Industrial Center, phoned to ask whether they could use any food donations. Could they ever! The pantry’s shelves were practically empty because the volunteers that normally make the trip to Anchorage to pick up food for Thursday’s pantry were unable to do so for a variety of reasons.
The ferry had three large pallets worth of food of all kinds to offer including immense hams and bags filled with fat blueberries–enough to fill more than three freezers at the pantry, and plenty of shelf space and boxes. The Trusty Tusty’s crew would otherwise have had to have thrown it all away.
Volunteers eagerly and thankfully went out to SMIC and picked up the grub.
Want to help your neighbors who have fallen on hard times? Consider donating a turkey to the pantry. They are currently about 10 turkeys short for filling Thanksgiving orders. Some 90 families have pre-signed up to receive traditional Thanksgiving meal fare next Wednesday, including turkey, bread rolls, potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and pies. The food pantry plans to donate turkeys for Christmas too this year.
The food pantry serves between 100-120 local families weekly. It relies on money or food donations from churches, residents, local charitable organizations and businesses. It also purchases items it needs in bulk from places like Costco in Anchorage, or from the Food Bank of Alaska, then breaks it down into smaller portions.
Call Sean Hansen at 491-1235 to donate or for more information,