The Kodiak Island Food Bank has served the island of Kodiak for close to 10 years now and has seen its share of ups and downs. There were times when the food bank’s shelves were nearly empty as the doors opened for distribution, while at other times the over abundance of food had to be stored in every available space on the KBM campus. We’ve seen groups organize holiday boxes; youth collect thousands of pounds of canned goods at retreats, and had the privilege to have children volunteer with us, filling box after box to be given away.
In more recent years the Food Bank has begun packing boxes to be distributed to our Kodiak villages. We at Kodiak Baptist Mission face the challenge of transporting these boxes out to the people needing them. Last month Alex, our Food Bank Director, asked the Coast Guard Cutter Spar if they might have room to deliver boxes to the village of Old Harbor. “It was a great sight, seeing all the boxes being loaded onto the ship, just in time for the Christmas season” shared Trevor Jones, Kodiak Baptist Mission Executive Director. Currently more boxes are being packed to be taken to the remaining two villages by the Lazy Bay, a local freight transporter. By Christmas all Kodiak Island Food Bank clients will have had the opportunity to receive a food box with a turkey or ham included. While Kodiak Island Food Bank has the great opportunity to share the simple gift of food, we feel the gift of generosity has been given back to us through the Lord’s great provisions. Each week our Food Bank van leaves our campus empty, and when it returns it is filled with just the right amount of food to serve the people in need for the week. The local elementary schools have collected canned goods, and packed Holiday boxes throughout the fall and into the winter. We also daily receive letters filled with donations and encouraging words. All of these acts of generosity are done without question or stipulation. Many of the people who give will never know the people who are receiving. It’s a story of God’s great love being shared through others.
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