Karen’s Kupboard was a vision St. Matthew’s has had for the last few years as the Fairbanks community has seen an increase in homlessness. The thought was first to build a ‘tiny pantry’ of sorts to be able to provide shelf stable foods to those in need. The Kupboard, itself, had already existed as a storage unit at the Church for quite a few years. In spring of 2021, our Parish Administrator cleaned it up, added some more shelves, painted and stained it, as protection from the elements, and then added a cute blue roof to it so snow could easily slide off. Shortly after the remodel of the Kupboard started, one of our dear Parishioners, Karen Kiss, passed away unexpectedly. Karen had a passion for feeding people and loved the ‘tiny pantry’ idea. An important component of her community volunteer work, included sitting on the board of the Fairbanks Community Food Bank for 28 years.
In recognition of Karen’s dedication to feed the hungry, when we were ready to place the Kupboard outside, we dedicated it in her honor. Because her initials were KK, we thought it only appropriate to name it Karen’s Kupboard.
We have been pleased that community members have helped to ‘stock’ the Kupboard, thus extending the resources we have to feed the hungry.