Ken & Peggy Kirkman
November 2016 - Battle Ground, WA
Ken and Peggy Kirkman have volunteered at the North County Community Food Bank (NCCFB), located in Battle Ground, WA since 2009 and also with the North County School Readiness programs for the past 11 years. Elizabeth Cerveny, Executive Director of NCCFB, advises “they quietly donate funds, food, hygiene and cleaning supplies, school supplies, their time, energy and passion to those living in poverty.”
Each week since 2009, the Kirkmans volunteer approximately 40 hours a month combined at the NCCFB. Ken is a van driver who picks up fresh food from area businesses and Peggy works various shifts at the food bank and serves in a leadership role helping others learn all areas of volunteering. Combined, it is estimates they donate 42 service hours each month at the food bank.
Additionally, the Kirkmans played an integral part in creating the North County School Readiness program, which is coordinated solely by volunteers. The program provides new backpacks and school supplies, free immunizations, used clothing and other local resources to students attending local schools who qualify for free/reduced lunch. They work tirelessly throughout the year preparing for the distribution of these items.
Ms. Cerveny explains, “Ken and Peggy are key to this event year round. They quietly provide much needed funding without expectation or desire of thanks or even recognition. They both work tirelessly throughout the year to see these programs through to the finish. They give from their hearts in every way, every day. It's who they are, and it’s deeply ingrained into their moral fiber.”
Ken and Peggy Kirkman were presented with the award on November 8, 2016 by PRMF Board Member Byron VanKley during the Battle Ground City Council meeting.