Giving back

Heidi Ritter, right, and Kami Todd, left, make salmon chowder for the volunteers and community members who donated food to U.S. Coast Guard service members and their families during the government shutdown earlier this year. The USCG housing community center, where Ritter and Todd made the chowder on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, acted as a makeshift food pantry during the shutdown. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)
More than 100 cans of salmon rest on the counter at the U.S. Coast Guard housing community center on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Heidi Ritter, ombudsman for CordovaÕs USCG, and Kami Todd used up the remaining fresh and canned foods, ensuring they would not go to waste, as a “thank you” to community members and businesses who helped them and their families during the 35-day long government shutdown. They wanted to show their immense appreciation and plan on donating all unused items to the Native Village of Eyak’s food pantry. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)