Annual Thanksgiving Blessing provides for thousands in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, AK –
Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community of Anchorage will once again be providing food for a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings – stuffing, gravy, potatoes, etc. Now in its seventh year, Thanksgiving Blessing is an annual city-wide event which helps make the holiday a real celebration for thousands of people who might not otherwise be able to put a Thanksgiving meal together.
Susannah Morgan, Executive Director of Food Bank of Alaska, says, “Thanksgiving Blessing is my favorite day of the year. Thanks to the faith community we are able to serve so many more people in a warm and welcoming environment.”
This year there are seven sites, with 6,725 individuals collectively expected to seek assistance. The locations are divided by zip codes so that everyone can be served in the five-hour time frame. The sites and their zip codes are:
- Crosspoint Church (Dimond and Minnesota, in the Burlington Coat Factory mall): 99507, 99511, 99515, 99516, 99518, 99522, 99523, 99540, 99587
- Faith Christian Community (4240 Wisconsin in Spenard): 99502, 99517, 99519
- Central Lutheran Church (Cordova and 15th): 99501 - addresses WEST of Gambell, 99503, 99510, 99513, 99520, 99524
- St. Patrick’s Church (2111 Muldoon Road): 99504, 99509, 99521
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (2501 Maplewood, off Northern Lights near Lake Otis): 99501 - addresses EAST of Gambell, 99508 - addresses SOUTH of the Glenn Hwy.
- Mt. View Community Center (315 N. Price, off Mt. View Drive): 99508 - addresses NORTH of the Glenn Hwy., 99514
- Joy Lutheran Church (10111 E. Eagle River Loop Road): 99505, 99506, 99567, 99577
Food Bank of Alaska believes no one deserves to be hungry. We are dedicated to eliminating hunger in Alaska by obtaining and distributing food to partner agencies feeding hungry people and by providing anti-hunger leadership. FBA collects edible but non-salable food from local manufacturers, food processors, retailers, farmers and fishermen. In FY2009, FBA distributed 6 million pounds of food, a record-high, through more than 300 partner agencies across the state – reaching more than 77,000 hungry Alaskans.
Food Bank of Alaska and partners bring Thanksgiving Blessing to the Mat-Su Valley
Wasilla, Willow and Talkeetna - For the first year ever Food Bank of Alaska is working with agencies in the Valley to provide Thanksgiving groceries to families at Valley Blessing. It will take place at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wasilla, the Willow Community Center and the Upper Susitna Senior Center in Talkeetna, three sites spanning roughly 70 miles which anticipate serving 1,500 clients.
“The Thanksgiving Blessing model has proven wildly successful in Anchorage, and we are delighted to modify this program to suit Valley needs,” said Food Bank of Alaska executive director Susannah Morgan.
Thanksgiving Blessing is a public event where families in need receive a turkey and all the trimmings for a Thanksgiving meal through a partnership between Food Bank of Alaska and the faith community.
Food Bank of Alaska is dedicated to eliminating hunger in Alaska by obtaining and distributing food to partner agencies serving hungry people and by providing anti-hunger leadership. FBA collects edible but non-salable food from local manufacturers, food processors, retailers, farmers and fishermen. FBA believes no one deserves to be hungry. In FY2009, FBA distributed 5.9 million pounds of food, through more than 300 partner agencies across the state – reaching more than 74,000 hungry Alaskans.