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Mat-Su Miners go to bat for Mat-Su Food Bank

By Dave Leval Photojournalist: Dave Leval - 12:26 PM June 28, 2017
Wasilla –

Eddie Ezell has seen better days at the Mat-Su Food Bank in Wasilla.

“As you can see on our shelves, we’re a little thin. We still have food for people, it’s not like we have to close our doors,” said Ezell.

“We do have canned vegetables we purchased with the money people donated,” Ezell said. ,

But, there’s one thing noticeably absent from shelves.

“Normally we purchase eggs and butter. This year, because of the downturn, I don’t have any eggs, I just don’t have the funds to buy eggs,” said Ezelle.

That’s why he turned to another source of protein for his clients, but, even that supply is low.

“The shelf was full this morning,” said Ezell, as he pointed the near empty shelf of peanut butter.

It is a staple of the roughly 3,000 people the Mat-Su food bank serves each month.

“Peanut butter has a lot of nutrition in it, it’s a good, healthy, it’s a filler, you give a kid a peanut butter sandwich, he’s full for awhile,” Ezell said.

But, he does not have all the money needed to buy enough peanut butter. That’s where the Mat-Su Miners stepped up to the plate.

It usually costs $4 to see the Miners play at home, but, have they a tasty-yet-sticky deal for you. Donate a new jar of peanut butter on game night this season and you’ll be admitted to Hermon Brothers Field for free.

“My ballplayers, they live on peanut butter and jelly, they love it! It’s peanut butter, peanut butter. I buy so much whole wheat bread and so much peanut butter to feed our guys, I’ll even buy some peanut butter to throw up in our peanut butter drive,” said Denise Chrisopher, who helps run the team with her husband.

She and the Miners are doing their part to help stock shelves at the Mat-Su Food Bank are jam packed with something nutritious for those who need it.

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