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Seward stocks up the food pantry at the movies

Every Friday night, residents from Seward show up at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks’ K.M. Rae Marine Education Building for movie night. The Skip and Marie Fletcher Winter Family Movie Series is put on by the Seward Arts Council and admission is just $2.00 for your cinema viewing experience. However, throughout the month of November, the Seward Arts Council partnered with the Seward Community Health Center to provide free admission to anyone wished to donate three pounds of food to the local He Will Provide Food Pantry.

Seward residents did not disappoint. Over the first three Fridays of November, locals contributed 209 pounds of food and tacked on an additional $131 in donations to our local food pantry. Those in need were able to stock up and enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving thanks to the generosity of Seward’s little mountain town.

The movie series is named after the owners of the old Liberty Theatre. Skip and Marie Fletcher operated the only cinema in town until Skip passed away in 2013. With a desire from the community to have a place to take friends and family to the movies, the Seward Arts Council started up the Skip and Marie Fletcher Winter Family Movies Series two years later.

Most Fridays throughout the winter months, a group of volunteers select, organize and facilitate the showing of two movies; a child friendly showing at 6pm and a flick geared toward an older crowd shortly after. Local groups in town take turn running concessions to ensure popcorn, candy and water are available at a much cheaper price than your average movie theatre. The low and friendly $2.00 admission cost is made possible through local sponsorship and donations to the movie series.

If you are interested in supporting either organization, the He Will Provide Food Pantry is open for donations every Thursday from 3-6pm and the Winter Family Movie Series has a Go Fund Me page which can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/1819sewardmovies.