Fred Meyers Feeding Alaska Project supports the Fairbanks Community Food Bank

Published: Sep. 16, 2023 at 2:06 PM AKDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2023 at 3:23 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - How many times do you go to the grocery store? For some, it’s once a week and for others it can be several times a week. Unfortunately, there are some people who simply cannot afford to go to the grocery store at all.

Hunger is real and it affects our community. You can help. Participating in the Feeding Alaska Project will benefit our local food bank and help people in our community have access to the food they need.

Join Newscenter Fairbanks and Fred Meyer during September’s Feeding Alaska Project.

There are multiple ways to participate at both Fred Meyer locations in Fairbanks. When checking out, shoppers can simply round up the purchase and donate their change. The other option is to buy a $10 virtual grocery bag. All donations go to supporting our local food bank right here in Fairbanks.

“Everything here is local,” Drew Kirk, the store manager at Fred Meyers West, said. “Anything we do with Round Up is local. It doesn’t go to Portland, doesn’t go to Seattle, doesn’t go anywhere but Fairbanks. It doesn’t even go to Anchorage. It literally is just for our community here in Fairbanks and the rural area.”

Kirk said that the donations have averaged around $700 to $1,000 per week from customers rounding up their purchases. Since September 1, $500 worth of virtual grocery bags have been collected.

“Honestly, I come from this town,” Kirk explained, “born and raised in Alaska, and anything helps our community. I mean, we have such a big community, we’re a small town with a big heart.”

The Feeding Alaska Project runs from Sept. 1 through September 30. More information about the Feeding Alaska Project is available on our website.