Art "4" Hunger Auction

I was raised in the Midwest and studied art at Southern Illinois University with an emphasis on painting and drawing under the guidance of Larry Bernstein and pottery with Nicholas Vergette. My creative ventures also include work with stained glass along with many various beading techniques and a host of other mediums.

I arrived in Alaska in October of 2001. The majesty of the state and jaw dropping scenery inspired me to continue my studies further. Douglas Girard of Palmer was instrumental in teaching techniques in oil painting that I continue to use to this day. I was a stubborn student and his patient guidance made all the difference.

In 2006 I journeyed to Italy to study plein air landscape painting in Tuscany under the tutelage of Madine Insalaco and Joe Vinson, two internationally known artists who spend their time between Italy and New York City. Spending time with them has been life changing, so much so, that I returned in June of 2019 to continue learning more of the techniques of plein air painting.

Painting is my passion, my escape and at times, my salvation. I am pleased to have this opportunity to share my journey and this body of work with you! - Beth Libbey

JOIN US SEPTEMBER 5TH FROM 630-930 ALASKAVFW

500 EAST PARK AVENUE WASILLA, AK

Reduced Fair Admission with Donations

ENERGY DAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

Activities and exhibits on this special day focus on the energy that drives Alaska’s economy. Also, help out our local food banks and save on your admission! Between noon and 2 p.m. with a suggested donation of two shelf-stable food items per person you can get into the Fair for $2. (Must be through the gate by 2 p.m.) Come check out the Plaza to help AOGA celebrate “Energy Day” – and don’t forget to get your photo taken in the free photo booth!

GCI KIDS DAY FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

We celebrate our youngest fairgoers on this very special day of the Fair! Enjoy free admission for kids 12 and under all day compliments of Alaska Born and Raised GCI. We believe that hunger knows no age, neither does teaching kids the importance of giving to others. Please bring a donation of two shelf-stable food items per child to Fair gates. Highlights of the day include a royal visit by Princesses of Alaska, Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman Kids’ Day Games, and Combs Insurance Agency, Inc. Diaper Derby and Toddler Trot! Over in the BP Truck Grandstand, kiddos will be testing their skills in the Jr. Rodeo.

#CLUB49 FAMILY DAY SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

By far the most popular day of the Fair! Grab your friends and family to watch the Fair parade in downtown Palmer, then head over to the fairgrounds for a day of Fair fun! At the gates, kids 12 and under receive a $2 discount on admission all day with a suggested donation of two shelf-stable food items. Prepare for take-off with Alaska Airlines. Make your first stop at Pioneer Plaza to check-in for a great day at the Fair and the latest Club 49 deals from our official airline. Keep up to date with #Club49 and #Iflyalaska. Mosey over to the rodeo and end your day by dancing the night away at the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman Rodeo Dance with live music by Savannah Jack!

Quest for A Million Pennies

Classic Country 100.9's "Quest for a Million Pennies" runs from May through August, and benefits the Food for Kids Program.  Listen to Classic Country 100.9 as they set up collection sites at various local businesses, or drop off your spare change at the Classic Country 100.9 studios at 5431 E. Mayflower Lane between the hours of 2pm-5pm.  Every penny helps, in our Quest for a Million Pennies!


Find more info here: https://www.classiccountry1009.com/event/1171/

Harley Davidson Rides in with cash

Each year, amazing companies help the Mat-Su Food Bank feed thousands across our Mat-Su Valley. These incredible partners help us run food drives, collect cash for staffing and logistics, and help us to spread the word about our great programs, like Food 4 Kids.

When it comes to the needs of our community, it really does”take a village”. Thankfully, we have incredible partners like Denali Harley-Davidson and passionate individuals like Fred Becker. Thanks to them, we can continue to operate efficiently and provide the best food and service we can to our neighbors, families, and friends. Thank you Denali Harley Davidson, and thank you to all of you that help through your charitable giving monthly, at our fundraisers, or in our food drives! Here’s to an awesome 2019!!

Food 4 Kids

Each year we have Food 4 Kids, helping our youth in the valley grow strong! This year we are hoping to raise funds to provide food to more kids than ever! In the next couple days, we will release a video talking about our program and how you can help us make 2019 the best year yet!!

From May 21st through August 15th, we are serving lunch at Newcomb Park (Wasilla Lake), Wonderland Park (behind Station 61 & VPA) and of course at the Food Pantry of Wasilla. Hours run Monday to Friday 10AM to 1 PM  at the Pantry, 11:30 AM to 1 PM at Newcomb Park and 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM at Wonderland.  Call us at: 357-3769 if you need more details or to volunteer!

Beer & Hymns

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Good Shepard Lutheran Church and The Extreme Fun Center we will be having a ball at “Beer & Hymns” Come celebrate St. Patrick's day in a whole new way! All donations go towards the Mat-Su Food Bank and Five Loaves, Two Fish Kitchen.

Bring the whole family for an evening of song, fellowship and good food. All are welcome!
Daycare for "Little Leprechauns" will be provided!

March 17th from 5-8pm, hope to see you there!

Pick Click Give is Back!!

Each year, thanks to the Foraker Group, Alaskans have the opportunity to contribute a small amount of their PFD (Permanent Fund Dividend) to the local non profit of their choice. Applicants may choose to contribute to one or more organizations in $25 increments, up to the entire amount of the dividend. This wonderful program helps provide funds to a large list of non-profits across Alaska and Mat-SU Food Bank is not different! If you have already submitted your PFD application you can still add or change a pledge by following the below link, and selecting the green ‘Add or change your Pick.Click.Give. donation’ button.

It’s easy to help us with this great program by simply clicking this link https://pfd.alaska.gov/

If you’re not overly familiar with how it works, we have attached this graphic to help you through the process, but overall it’s pretty easy! Thanks for helping Mat-Su Food Bank and we hope you have an amazing 2019!

Our Best Year Yet!

Laughter and music filled the air Saturday night at The Palmer Train Depot during Hearts 4 Hunger. The annual event held by Matsu Food Bank was a huge hit with a packed depot filled with people conversing and traveling from table to table, making bids on silent auction items including an autographed Eagles album. Marty Metiva was the MC and helped guide the evening as The Jerry Wessling Band rocked new songs from their set list to a busy hall. The "Wine Pull" offered guests a mystery wine valued anywhere from $10-100 for only $10 a pull and the silent auction items left in the hands of happy guests one at a time before the live auction erupted around 7pm.

Alaska Events & Catering provided an amazing meal with Beef Tenderloin served on salt blocks, locking in the flavor. They also helped raise money through a dessert auction, in which tables bid on their favorite desserts! The event was truly something special and we couldn't have done it without our wonderful sponsors. Thanks to everyone who attended and a special thanks to everyone that helped make Hearts 4 Hunger better than ever! Stay in touch for next year's event, already in the works....

Our Live Auction Items Are Better Than Ever!

Hearts 4 hunger is only a few weeks away on Saturday February 2nd, from 5-9pm at The Palmer Train Depot! And this year we have some great items for silent and live auctions!

An autographed, Framed Portrait of Carrie Fisher as “Princess Leia”, a must have for any Star Wars collector!

A signed “Eagles” Album, “Hotel California”, from one of the greatest bands alive!

Johnny Cash fan? We have you covered with a limited signed, framed poster!

All of these great items and more can only be foudn at Hearts 4 Hunger, Saturday February 2nd! Hope to see you there, and stay tuned to our facebook page and ewbsite for more details soon!

Hearts 4 Hunger Tickets Available Now

Show your love and support of The Mat-Su Food Bank by purchasing your tickets today! Call us 357-3769 or stop by our location on 501 E Bogard Rd, Wasilla, AK 99654!

Hearts 4 Hunger is back! Our biggest annual fundraiser will include dinner, silent and live auctions, live music, and guaranteed fun for everyone! Saturday February 2nd, from 5pm-9pm, come out to The Palmer Train Depot as we raise funds for our programs like Food 4 Kids, Senior Boxes, and so much more. Every year, we take these funds and pour them back into YOUR Mat-Su community by feeding thousands of residents!

Hearts 4 Hunger

Hearts 4 Hunger is back! Our biggest annual fundraiser will include dinner, silent and live auctions, live music, and guaranteed fun for everyone! Saturday February 2nd, from 5pm-9pm, come out to The Palmer Train Depot as we raise funds for our programs like Food 4 Kids, Senior Boxes, and so much more. Every year, we take these funds and pour them back into YOUR Mat-Su community by feeding thousands of residents!

Show your love and support of The Mat-Su Food Bank by purchasing your tickets today! Call us 357-3769 or stop by our location on 501 E Bogard Rd, Wasilla, AK 99654!

Are you a business owner looking to sponsor more community events? Reach out to Eddie Ezelle today eddie@matsufoodbank.org and find out how you can help make 2019 the best year ever for The Mat-Su Food Bank!

Two Food Drives this month!

Every year we have wonderful partners that help us collect food for those in need, in the Mat-Su valley. These partners can offer financial support, hold food drives in their businesses or offer volunteers for one of our various programs. This month, we would like to thank Denali Harley Davidson and Bear Paw River Brewing for holding a food drive. These items collected are used in our programs like Food 4 Kids and provide meals to thousands of Mat-Su residents, monthly.

Stop by Denali Harley Davidson today to check out the best motorcycles available in Alaska and while you’re there, drop off some food items until Nov 21st! They are located on 1497 S Hyer Rd, Wasilla, AK 99654.

Bear Paw River Brewing is another partner this month that is helping with a food drive from now until November 15th! This is a great place to hang out and try Alaskan crafted beers, right in the heart of Wasilla! They are located on 4605 E Palmer-Wasilla Hwy, Wasilla, AK 99654.

A special thank you to everyone that takes the time to contribute! We couldn’t do it without you!

Pick Click Give

Pick Click Give has been an amazing program for us over the years. Food drives help us acheive our goal of feeding the community, but actual money keeps the lights on. Many times, people assume that food is the only thing we need here at Mat-Su Food Bank. The truth is, we greatly accept donations in the form of cash as well in may ways, including becoming a monthly donor, our fundraiser Hearts for Hunger coming up in February, and through PFDs as people participate in Pick Click Give. It only takes a moment to add us and we appreciate everyone that included us on this year’s PFD application.

If you are unfamiliar with this process, each year during your application process , you can support non profits throughout the great state of Alaska. By simply following the steps of the attached image, one can help support the Mat-Su Food bank through monetary donation, taken out of their PFD. We look forward to a great 2018, 2019, and beyond with your amazing support!

Football & Food Drive

Did you know…

  • 20% of Alaska kids live in homes that may not have enough food.

  • Roughly 1 in 10 Alaskan seniors faces the threat of hunger. 

  • Many hungry people are part of the “working poor:” 60% worked for pay in the last 12 months, and 43% worked for pay in the last four weeks.

In support of the MatSu Food Bank, bring 2 or more cans/items to the POTATO BOWL on September 28 at Wasilla High’s Veterans Memorial Football Field and we’ll cover your admission!

Most useful items: Peanut butter--Canned Meats--Jams & Jellies—Sugar--Fruit snacks Canned Fruit & Veggies—Cereal--Canned soup—Flour--Juice boxes Top Ramen--Mac N Cheese—Coffee--Rice & Beans

**Please note: MatSu Food Bank cannot accept home processed game meat, home-canned items or opened items. Expired items will be accepted. We’re all in this together! Thank you for supporting our community! Game starts at 7PM – See you there!

Sponsored by: Back In Action Physical Therapy and Larson Chiropractic

Thank you!!

Thank you for a fantastic 2017!

Together we touched the lives of thousands of hungry Mat Su residents. We look forward to 2018 and the opportunity to come together to create an even stronger community!

Please consider the MatSu Food Bank for your ongoing donations. It’s quick, easy, and we make sure your assistance reaches those who need it most.

Click the link under DONATE if you would like to become a regular supporter, please check the "make this a monthly donation" box on the PayPal checkout page.

THANK YOU!!