Meet Erika

Erika Chambers was confident that with careful budgeting she could support her family when she separated from the father of her three children in spring 2020. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

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Meet Helen

Helen and her husband are both veterans. Middle aged, they both have had full careers, but fell on hard times recently and moved back to Alaska in search of work. Not having any luck finding a job, they tried to apply for SNAP benefits, only to f

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Meet Teresita

“I was working over at the Post Office. I’ve been there 20-something years, and I got diagnosed with cancer in 2011. From there, I’ve been struggling. . .believe me, I’d be out there working if they would let me go back.” The sudden loss of a job

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Meet Airis

Airis Messick and her husband were saving for a house when the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

By the end of March 2020, both lost their jobs connected to the oil industry. The Anchorage couple qualified for unemployment benefits, but not food assistance. To help feed her family, Messick visited food pantries for the first time in her life.

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Meet Kamelia

Kamelia Pinnock had to set aside her pride the first time she visited a food pantry in 2011.

“It’s not easy to reach out for help,” she says. “It took a lot for me to stand in line with everyone to wait for assistance.”

At the time, she was newly divorced after a 10-year marriage. The victim of domestic abuse, she was homeless and responsible for five children: her two biological children, two nephews and a niece. Putting food on the table was her biggest priority.

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