Poster for Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Adopt-A-Turkey. (Provided by Kenai Peninsula Food Bank)

Food bank seeks support for turkey fundraiser

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is asking the community to help provide more than 1,000 turkeys to peninsula residents

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is asking the community to help provide more than 1,000 turkeys to peninsula residents via the Adopt-A-Turkey campaign.

Lilly Murray, donations and communications manager, wrote Friday that rising cost and need for turkeys resulted in a challenge that felt “insurmountable.” The food bank projects that 1,200 total turkeys will be needed this holiday season.

The Adopt-A-Turkey campaign says that every donation of $25 provides one turkey to one family in need. Donations can be made until the end of November at kpfoodbank.org or by calling 907-416-7619.

Murray said the food bank has seen support for the campaign from Marathon Petroleum, which donated funds for 400 turkeys, as well as from Hilcorp, which is matching employees’ donations up to 800 turkeys. Heaverley Homes — Jack White Real Estate in Soldotna also donated funds for turkeys.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, a live counter on the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank website reported that 523 turkeys had been adopted, which Murray said didn’t yet include the matched donations from Hilcorp.

“Each holiday season, KPFB works tirelessly to ensure everyone on the Kenai Peninsula is fed and fed well,” the food bank wrote in a release last week. “We partner with almost every nonprofit agency on the peninsula in the fall to provide turkeys to those in need, because everyone deserves to have a good, family Thanksgiving and Christmas meal.”

For more information about Adopt-A-Turkey, visit kpfoodbank.org or find “Kenai Peninsula Food Bank” on Facebook.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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