Harvesting Alaska: Summer furnish donations indispensable during Food Bank of Alaska – KTVA.com

August 11, 2016 - garden totes


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Megan Shanders visits a Mobile Food Pantry weekly during a Lutheran Church of Hope.

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Mobile Food Pantries have been in operation for 10 years in Anchorage.

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A pallet of donated furnish is given divided during a Food Bank of Alaska mobile cupboard on Northern Lights. It’s one of 8 locations via Anchorage.

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Donations during Food Bank of Alaska are sparse. Entire shelves in a dry cupboard are bare. Produce in cold storage is using low.

“We’re approach down. The storage area is customarily full,” pronounced Cara Durr, executive of open rendezvous during a food bank.

Produce donations come from several sources including farms, grocery stores and particular gardeners. Summer is typically slower when it comes to altogether giving, Durr said.


The food bank partly relies on a Plant a Row for a Hungry module for uninformed furnish and perceived roughly 1,000 pounds of furnish final year. However, Durr pronounced this year donations are down.

“It’s been an engaging summer we consider for gardeners. It was unequivocally prohibited for a while, so a lot of people pronounced some of their lettuces shot adult and afterwards it’s been kind of stormy so that’s kind of maybe molded some of a zucchinis,” she said. “We’re anticipating that as we go into a tumble that donations collect up.”

Produce is mostly a initial thing to go when it comes to decisions on how to spend money. Thirty-four percent of mobile cupboard users contend they roughly never or unequivocally frequency are means to means produce, Durr said.

Yet, uninformed food is one of a many requested equipment in Anchorage, according to a craving investigate requested by a food bank.

“These furnish donations for low-income people are unequivocally important,” she said. “It’s a genuine provide for them and they know it’s an critical partial of a healthy diet.”

A pallet with greens, beets and strawberries were accessible to people during a new food bank distribution. The mobile cupboard during Lutheran Church of Hope on Northern Lights Boulevard is one of 8 locations via Anchorage. The idea is to pierce uninformed equipment fast before they go bad.

Megan Shanders waited for some-more than an hour to get her weekly allotment that helps feed her dual children, ages 4 and 17. She has been entrance to a food placement for roughly a year. Shanders pronounced a smoothness helps her to compensate bills on time since she doesn’t have to worry about spending income on food. She was quite vehement about a new smoothness of vast zucchinis from a Point MacKenzie Correctional Farm.

“We only done zucchini bread, she said. “They are so good.”

The weekly food smoothness during a Lutheran Church has anywhere from 135 to 180 people, according to Ryan Chernikoff, food placement manager for Lutheran Social Services of Alaska. They see aloft numbers toward a finish of a month, he said.

As for a altogether program, Cara Durr pronounced they collect about 5 million pounds of food a year and about 1.5 million of that is produce. Major grocery stores, Tote and Charlie’s Produce present vast quantities of furnish year-round. Still, she pronounced all contributions are important.

“We conclude donations. Summer is always a low time and it can be a tough time for families,” she said.

The Food Bank of Alaska accepts dry products and furnish donations during their plcae on Spar Avenue in Anchorage. Additionally, Alaska Mill Feed Garden Center accepts Plant a Row donations. Those outward of Anchorage can call 2-1-1 to find out if there is a partnering food cupboard in their community.

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