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Fairbanks Community Food Bank distributes Thanksgiving meals

The Fairbanks Community Food Bank, due to the efforts of community members and volunteers, was...
The Fairbanks Community Food Bank, due to the efforts of community members and volunteers, was able to serve hundreds of families by distributing Thanksgiving food boxes.(ktvf)
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 4:11 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Community Food Bank distributed Thanksgiving meal boxes to those less fortunate.

At the start of November, there were concerns that the food bank would not be able to meet their goal of 2,500 boxes. But as of this week, they were able to pull through according to Anne Weaver, CEO of the Fairbanks Community Food Bank.

“When November started, we typically have a few hundred birds,” Weaver explained, ”and we usually have some stock coming in for Thanksgiving. As everybody knows, there’s been no food on the shelves. Well in the last ten days it’s started to hit the shelves, and oh my goodness this community has done everything they can to make sure our goals are met. Today is possible, only because of the intentional outpouring from this community.”

Thanks to the efforts of volunteers from across the community and extensive planning, the food bank was able to serve hundreds of families in the span of an hour.

We’ve already served over 500 households, so food has just been going out the door,” Weaver remarked. “Volunteers have been showing up like clockwork, everything is organized and smooth. What an amazing ability to be able to have the food go out this year! I’m telling you, two weeks ago we didn’t think that this was going to happen, and here we are, already served 500 families, not even 10:00 a.m.”

Along with donation efforts from organizations like the Alaska Peace Officers Association and the Fairbanks Central Labor Council, community members were able to rally to help ensure that everyone can have a happy Thanksgiving according to Weaver.

“We did hit our goal of 2,500, which was impossible even two weeks ago!” Weaver exclaimed. “There are so many service groups that stepped up, so many volunteers. If you brought something in, you are a successful part of today. Thank you to this amazing community who stepped up, even when there was nothing on the shelves to give.”

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