Homer Community Food Pantry

Homer Food Pantry

The  Homer Community Food Pantry provides more than groceries. In addition to food shopping every Monday from noon to 3 p.m., they provide financial management, funds for paying bills and transportation to people who need it. 

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Last Monday, Homer Community Food Pantry distributed over 250 Thanksgiving boxes and they're just getting started on their yearly collaboration with Share the Spirit to make and distribute Christmas boxes.

Because of job loss and slow downs due to COVID, need has escalated alongside the rising number of cases on the Peninsula. In order to operate safely, Dennis Weidler from the Homer Food Pantry says they've had to scale down from 30 volunteers to 10 volunteers, and they're exclusively a drive-through operation.

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Holiday season in Homer always means increased efforts to aid people in need, but what will that look like this year?

Mike Ilg, Director of Homer Community Schools, is the city's new coordinator for local relief and response to COVID-19. He talks about access to services and checks-in with Homer Church on the Rock, The Homer Foundation, Homer Chamber of Commerce, and Green Dot Homer, The Homer Community Food Pantry and The Salvation Army.

For a master list of phone numbers of resources for food, food deliveries, rental and utility assistance, go to https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/covid19

Homer Community Food Pantry is updating their services to meet the challenges of dealing with COVID-19.  Their time of service has expanded to Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you need home delivery of an emergency food box or a senior box, call 235-1968. To support the food pantry financially, go to homerfoodpantry.org and click on the donate button on the homepage.

Clink on the audio to hear Dennis Weidler go over the changes, additions and opportunities to donate.

The Homer Community Food Pantry has devised a way to give teens in Homer access to healthy food. They coordinate with local students to have bags of non-perishable food sitting by the door at Homer High School, Homer Flex School and West Homer Elementary. Kids who have a need can just pick up a bag on their way out the door, but what happens when school is out?

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The needs of those experiencing homelessness and poverty in the Homer area are growing, and organizations are stepping up to help.

The Homelessness Action Group began recently as a way to address the lack of shelters in the area and the Homer Community Food Pantry is expanding, in part because the number of clients it serves is growing.

Kyla Dammann works with youth at the Recreation and Education Cooperative, better known as the R.E.C. Room. She said teenagers have come up to her with no place to sleep and helping them find a place to stay is complicated.  

Letter carriers work to "stamp out hunger"

May 20, 2016
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  This month, letter carriers around the country held their annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, an event that grew from carriers noticing the need in the neighborhoods they walk every day.

  On the second Saturday in May, letter carriers around the country were picking up more than just mail. They were collecting cans of soup, bags of dried beans, boxes of cereal, and more.