Using a 2020 Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation, the Homer Elks Lodge #2127 donated $2,500 to the Homer Community Food Pantry last month.
Presented on April 20, the donation will help the food pantry provide additional support to families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The food pantry normally assists about 150 local families, but with people having lost jobs or had hours reduced because of the pandemic, the food pantry now helps more than 250 families, according to a press release from the Homer Elks.
Tom Stroozas, Homer Elks Lodge grant coordinator, wrote in the press release that usually the Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grants are used for a physical community project.
“But as the COVID-19 pandemic has enveloped the world, we are living in a period that is anything from ‘normal,’” Stroozas wrote.
Homer Community Food Pantry President Tom McDonough expressed appreciation for the support.
“We are grateful to Homer Elks for this generous contribution to assist our mission of providing food to those in time of need,” he said in the press release. “The Homer Elks membership certainly lives up to their motto: ‘Elks Care, Elks Share.’”