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Fairbanks Community Food Bank sees rise in demand for services

Published: May. 12, 2022 at 4:52 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - In recent months, the Fairbanks Community Food Bank has been responding to an uptick in the need for their services.

“With the rising cost of everything, our demand is going up some,” said Anne Weaver, CEO of the non-profit.

This rise in demand is expected to continue into the future, according to Weaver. “Right now, we’re just starting the upward slide. What I think is going to happen is there’s a chance we’re going to hit record numbers within the next 24 months.”

Nonetheless, the food bank is powering through, with Weaver saying, “I think we’ll be able to meet the need. Will we be able to go above and beyond? Probably not, but you know what? That’s okay, because meeting the need? That’s what we’re here for.”

By emphasizing sustainability, Weaver is confident in the non-profit’s ability to continue to weather challenges. “One of the things we worked so hard at during the COVID periods was ‘what can we do to plan for the future?’” she said, adding, “When there were COVID funds available to us, we sought them out in ways that were going to make us more long-term sustainable. We did not grow. We did not add staff.”

According to Weaver, functioning through tough times goes all the way back to the food bank’s founding. “We were founded in a recession 40 years ago. For 40 years we’ve been collecting local surplus food, giving it out to people in need.”

The CEO thanked the community for their support. “Because of the way this community has always chosen to stand by the Fairbanks Community Food Bank and serve each other, I think we’re here for the long haul.”

With the May No Child Go Hungry campaign in full swing, those wishing to help are always encouraged to donate labor, food, and/or cash. Donations and information about May No Child Go Hungry can be made here.

More information about the food bank can be found here.

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