Food for thought
Chicken noodle soup. Cereal. Macaroni and cheese.
These are a few of the items presently running low at the Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry.
The pantry, staffed entirely through volunteer efforts, provides temporary, emergency food assistance to area residents. It serves about 145 families a month, which comes out to about 600 people.
“Need has been pretty average,” said Lynn Kile, volunteer director. “We’re down slightly in total families but family sizes seem to be larger.”
Community food needs stay fairly consistent throughout the year, Kile said, though donations tend to drop off in the summers.
Food needs also fluctuate throughout the year. Currently, the pantry seeks soups, boxed pasta mixes and juices, though all other eligible food items are always welcomed and appreciated, Kile said.
To help coordinate and streamline food drive efforts, the pantry has partnered with area businesses and a different company will host a food barrel each month.
This month it’s Northern Chiropractic. In April, it’s Chugiak Chiropractic.
The pantry is also looking for volunteers.
“The Eagle River community is outstanding,” Kile said. “We have a great community that really comes through.”
The pantry is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
Local business will host food barrels for the Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry at the following locations:
March: Northern Chiropractic
April: Chugiak Chiropractic
May: Trustworthy Hardware Store and Alaska Tire Service
June: HI-Res Graphics and AIH
July: Picture This
August: Cozy Carpet
September-October: MacDonald Center