Feeding the Hungry in Alaska
Nearly 100,000 Alaskans struggle with hunger, and one in five children live in homes that may not have enough food, according to the Food Bank of Alaska.
That's in normal circumstances. But we're living in extraordinary times, with COVID-19 shuttering businesses and leaving many Alaskans out of work or facing reduced hours. The threat of hunger is worse now.
"On a really busy week prior to COVID-19, we'd provide somewhere between six to seven thousand meals a week. On a slow week during COVID, it's more like ten thousand plus meals a week,” said Anne Weaver, CEO of Fairbanks Community Food Bank.
According to Jenny Di Grappa, Director of Donor Relations and Communications for Alaska Food Bank, the trend is similar in Anchorage.
"We're estimating the need has increased 75 percent in the previous days and weeks. However, we are fortunate that donations have increased and we are able to meet the additional food need where our support has been requested," said Di Grappa.
Many families who live in housing supported by Alaska Housing Finance Corporation benefit from the Food Bank. In fact, several public housing properties are drop-off and pick-up sites.
Resources and How to Help
If you are interested in volunteering or donating food to those in need, there are many opportunities. Start by reviewing these statewide resources. In need of assistance with food, nutrition, or overall health? Find our health and wellness resources.
Are you short on food or in need of other help? Alaska 2-1-1 is your one-stop resource for finding assistance. It’s free, confidential and available in many languages.