Homelessness, hunger, and isolation are growing concerns in every community. The ravages of these issues are affecting countless families and the programs that provide support to these individuals are often overwhelmed. One of the core missions of ARCHES is the Humanities component, and as a result it has made donations in time and resources to a variety of worthy efforts involving food banks, rehab, senior centers, homeless etc.
It has recently come to our attention that one of the long standing and worthy efforts that we have supported for years, Ninilchik Feeding the Hungry has been unable to continue because the primary leaders have had to withdraw for personal reasons.
As a result, we have begun to pick up the pieces and put this much needed service back into action. In conjunction with the Kenai Peninsula Fair association (the location of the freezers, refrigerators/ storage area) ARCHES staff has been working with local people and food banks for delivery to anywhere between 40-50 individuals and families per week. We have met with the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and registered as a qualified 501C3 which will allow us to purchase food there at a nominal cost and bring it to the Fairgrounds for distribution and pick up. We are also working with local stores, Safeway, Save-U-More and the Homer Food Pantry to supplement our needs.
Currently individuals looking to receive food can come to the Kenai Peninsula Fair grounds every Monday from 2-5 p.m for a fresh produce pick up. The pick up location is in Chinook Bay the blue building on the left from the main entrance across from the flag poles. Additionally while picking up food we can sign you up for a once monthly food box that will contain dried goods. Pick up for this dried food box will be the third Monday of each month. If you are local and would like to help, don’t hesitate to reach out!