Approximately 200 Homer families receive food baskets for Thanksgiving meals


Local organizers are preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday. From left: Laura McBride, Homer Community Food Pantry; Capt. David Jimenez, Salvation Army; Shari’s daughter and Jonathan Adams, we share a soul. (Kathleen Gustafson/KBBI)

The high cost of food and gas is adding pressure to people’s budgets and challenging organizations that provide food and aid programs for the holiday season.

Thanksgiving food baskets were distributed over the weekend through the Homer Community Food Pantry at Homer United Methodist Church. One hundred and ninety-three families signed up to receive baskets this Thanksgiving to prepare their own meals.

Representatives of local aid organizations spoke on Wednesday’s Coffee Table show about their increased need for donations and volunteers this year.

This Thanksgiving, pantry coordinator Laura McBride said they’re serving twice as many people as last year, and higher prices mean lighter boxes in the pantry.

“We limit the number of goods families can take,” she said. “We just get beat up.”

The Homer Community Food Pantry will be hosting a free dinner Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, from 1-4 p.m. at the Homer United Methodist Church on East Road at the entrance to Homer High School.

The Salvation Army will deliver Thanksgiving plates to people without transportation.

The Food Pantry also keeps its regular hours on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Monday Share the Spirit was in the pantry to start people signing up to receive Christmas holiday food baskets. Shari Dougherty of Share the Spirit said you don’t have to come to the pantry to sign up.

“You can go to any human service agency in town or visit your chaplain at the church you attend and they will get an application for you,” she said.

The Homer Senior Center serves a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursdays at 3935 Svedlund Avenue. Seating begins at 12:30 PM. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children. Reservations are required.

For reservations, call the Senior Citizen Center at 907-235-4555. They are also looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve the food.

To donate or volunteer to help this season, contact the Food Pantry at homerfoodpantry.org or call 907-235-1968.

You can contact Share the Spirit through their Facebook page or call 907-235-7466.

To have a Thanksgiving dish delivered to the house this Thursday, call The Salvation Army at 907-235-2609.

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