Contributed by Lauralynn Robison
Since the beginning of the Food Pantry of Wasilla in 1984, to the MatSu Food Bank in 2013, we have been providing nourishing food for thousands of people in need within our community. Our wonderful community has graced us over the years with enough food donations, so that we were able to make this happen daily from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Pantry. All year the MatSu Food Bank helps families, seniors, and children in need of food when their situation has changed, and they are unable to provide enough for themselves. We have different programs to meet the needs of our community, such as Food4Kids, Senior Boxes, TEFAP and of course the Pantry. There are Food Pantries in our valley who come to us to help stock their shelves, so they can assist our community in their areas. The MatSu Food Bank also supports other organizations and agencies, for example, the Christmas Friendship Dinner, which serves 4000(+), a wonderful Holiday meal along with fellowship with a place to come eat, share, and take joy in the season on Christmas Day.
While we are excited about all the donations of food for our valley, we have operating expenses each month, and as a non-profit, we look to our community for help with these costs too! We have several ways you can help us, help more people, by making a taxable donation using one of the following:
Visit our web page, www.matsufoodbank.org, and select the “DONATE” button.
You can link your Safeway, Fred Meyer Rewards cards and Amazon smile to MatSu Food Bank, and every time you shop, we receive money too. And best of all, you do not lose any of your rewards value!
Fred Meyers is also collecting spare change at their cash registers.
Don’t forget to Pick. Click. Give.! Look in the M’s for MatSu Food Bank.
We can take checks, credit cards and cash donations always!
These are just a few of the ways to help us help our community. Tax season is ending April 15th, so keep us in mind for your charitable tax donation! The MatSu Food Bank wishes to thank everyone for all their continued support these past years, and many more years to come.