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Alaska Foodbank, not Fairbanks Community Foodbank, in charge of distributing additional EBT funds

Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 3:35 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - To help combat the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic on Alaskan families, the Alaska Food Bank is offering a Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer program to provide families with additional money for food for their school age children that would otherwise be provided by schools themselves. But there has been some confusion among Fairbanks families looking to learn more about this program, as to which food bank to contact for more information, or to apply for the program.

Many calls have been made to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank instead of the Alaska food bank inquiring about this program. We spoke with Anne Weaver, CEO of the Fairbanks Community Food bank to learn more.

“There are actually five food banks in Alaska. One of them is called The Food Bank of Alaska and so we’ve been getting a lot of questions about this program here. We actually don’t know anything about it, this program is actually based out of Anchorage, and is supported by the Food Bank of Alaska which is a very fancy way of saying the Anchorage Food Bank. So if you’ve got questions about this program you’re certainly welcome to give us a jingle, but all we’d be able to do is send you the Anchorage Alaska Food Bank’s website, and their telephone number.” Weaver said.

For families who want to look into the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Program they can visit foodbankofalaska.org for more information.

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.(Alaska Foodbank)

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