Only three in five food insecure local Alaskans are touched by Thanksgiving Blessing

Thanksgiving Blessing can reach only 3 in 5 local Alaskans, who qualify as food insecure.
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The Thanksgiving Blessing has a total reach of 30,000 individuals, throughout the Anchorage area. As three individuals make up one family unit.

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On Monday, Nov. 21, the Food Bank of Alaska leads the community driven Anchorage Thanksgiving Blessing event.

Between the Mat-Su Borough and the Anchorage Municipality, Food Bank of Alaska, alongside numerous partners, expects to distribute Thanksgiving groceries for approximately 10,000 families in need, with three individuals per family unit.

However, according to Feeding America’s 2014 Alaskan food insecurity statistics over 50,000 individuals in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough qualify as food insecure people.

Within the municipality and borough, this year’s Thanksgiving Blessing can only reach 3 in 5 local Alaskans in need.

And statewide, the number of food insecure people extends to over 105,000 individuals.

Karla Jutzi of Food Bank of Alaska says that donations, of both food and fund, are similar to last year, but the amount of families served has increased.

If you need help providing a Thanksgiving meal for your family, be sure to visit one of the following distribution sites, as it matches your zip code.

Be sure to provide proof of address, too.

3 p.m. to 8 p.m. pickup time:
Crosspoint Church (Dimond and Minnesota, in the Burlington Coat Factory Mall): 99507, 99511, 99515, 99516, 99518, 99522, 99523, 99540, 99587
New Season Christian Center at Spenard Recreation Center (2020 W. 48th): 99502, 99517, 99519
Central Lutheran Church (Cordova and 15th): 99501, 99503, 99510,99512, 99513, 99520, 99524
St. Patrick’s Church (2111 Muldoon Road): 99504, 99509, 99521
Joy Lutheran Church: (1011 E Eagle River Loop Road): 99505, 99506, 99567, 99577
12 p.m. to 8 p.m. pickup time:
Mt. View Community Center (315 N. Price, off of Mt. View Drive): 99508, 99514

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