we reported on the "Veggies at Work" program that provides fresh vegetables to
people in need. Today we take a look at the program that distributes those
vegetables. The Kodiak Baptist Mission food bank. KMXT's Diana Gish has more:
The food bank provides government
food commodities and works with local groceries and other groups to distribute
food to people in need. Trevor Jones is the executive director of the mission.
-- (Food Bank 1 "Those
items....we're one of those.")
of "Veggies at Work" helped the mission create its own vegetable beds. Other
volunteers have adopted the gardens, growing the fresh vegetables that the food
-- (Food Bank 2 "It's
a wonderful...this time of year.")
Those locally grown fresh
vegetables are especially important now, as the need for food assistance has
increased since the beginning of the year. Jones says that the increase is
substantial and its a trend that's taken him by surprise.
-- (Food Bank 3 "We actually.....last January.")
Last month over 600 people looked
to the food bank for help. The total number has risen each month since January.
Jones says that even with the increased need, so far, they haven't had to turn
-- (Food Bank 4 "Our local.... how its working.")
the food bank is successfully meeting needs, the trend towards greater and
greater demand does have Jones a little worried. He says he thinks those high
numbers may change when the
job-seeking population drops with the close of fishing season.
Donations of both food and money
keep the food bank going. Jones says that anyone wanting to contribute can call
the mission or come by the food bank at 1944 Rezanof, directly across from the