Client Choice Food Pantery





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Kenai AK

Total Budget: $9,000

Areas of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment, Maternal and child health, Community economic development

Activity Type: Community Development: General

Summary: The purchase of 2 display refrigerators and 2 display freezers. Help remodel Office into a Client Choice Food Pantry creating a food oasis and addressing food insecurity on the Kenai Peninsula. 11824 Kenai Spur Hwy Kenai AK. Kenai Salvation Army Family Ser

Addressing the the growing need of food assistance and the challenges of increased food diversity needs.

The Kenai Peninsula population for the year of 2010 was 55,400. 2020 Population was 58,801. Our population in 2023 is now 61,233. The area's demographics have changed as population has increased. 5833 new residents were added from 2010 to 2023. With the cost of living increasing on everyday needs. food, utilities and housing more people find themselves needing assistance.

The Kenai Peninsula is the new home to families and individuals from Ukraine, the Orient and Latin America. According to the US Census Bureau as of 2023. 7.4% of the Kenai Peninsula residents have non-English speaking homes.

Food insecurity on the Peninsula is 11.5%, the State of Alaska percentage is 10.7. 14.4 % of Children on the peninsula suffer from food insecurity.

6 percent of adults, 8 percent of children suffer from food allergies. When we combine Cultural foods, dietary restriction, food allergies and the increase in those in need of assistance. We see growing challenges.

The Kenai Salvation Army, Family Services is addressing these challenges, by improving their food assistance program. The Rotary club of Soldotna will help convert an administrative office space into a Client Choice Food Pantry. We will be assisting with the prep and painting of merchandise racks and the food pantry space. The Rotary Club of Soldotna will be purchasing 2 of the 3 display refrigerators and 2 of the 3 display freezers.

The increase in food storage and refrigeration/freezer capacity. Helps with the growing need for food assistance on the peninsula. An added benefit. Being a community responder, for The Peninsula's Disaster Relief Response Team. This improves and strengthens their ability to respond in the event of a disaster.

The Client Choice Food Pantry can be accessed by all in need, at no charge. The clients choose food that works best for their nutritional and dietary needs. Consuming food one is allergic to, or breaking dietary restrictions can lead to health issues. When the Client chooses their food, waste is reduced. The Salvation Army Family Services purchases food from local vendors. This allows them to quickly adapt to the client's dietary needs.

With the purchase of 3 glass door display refrigerators and 3 freezers. (2 refrigerators and 2 freezers purchased through Rotary of Soldotna) The food pantry client will be able to see and select the perishables that best meet their nutritional and dietary needs. Shelf stable food, also the choice of the client. Once again giving them the opportunity to choose food that best fits their dietary and nutritional needs. Meeting the client on "where they are", listening to their needs. Demonstrates real caring. When the client feels they are valued, their self-worth and dignity are improved.

Costs of appliances needed.

Two Section Glass Door Display refrigerator MoTak M# $1799.99 or equivalent 2ea for a total of 3599.98

Two Section Display Freezer with swing doors MoTak M#MGD-2DF-48 or equivalent $2599.9. 2ea for a total of 5199.98

For a total cost of 8799.96 not including freight.

13,199.94 is the cost for all appliances needed. Does not include freight. Open invitation to any clubs that want to help.

Timeline: Completion of this project September of 2024. No later than February 2025

Project Contact Person

District: 5010

Rotary Club of: Soldotna

Primary Contact: Brian Erwin

Email: brian.soldotnarotary@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Signed". This means that the signatures from the club leadership have been collected. This project is now being reviewed by the district leadership for approval. Once a decision is made, the status of the project will be changed to "Approved".

Project listed for the 2024-25 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Soldotna (5010)









DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

Project Supporting Documents

MOU for 2024-25


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History Log Entries


by Brian Erwin

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Brian Erwin.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Will Morrow.

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