Alaska opts out of federal program offering summer grocery money for families with kids

The new federal program would have meant an extra $120 per child in direct funds this summer to families who qualify for free or reduced lunches — or about half of all kids in Alaska. Officials with Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration cited a major food stamps backlog at the Alaska Division of Public Assistance as the reason for opting out of the program, which would have … Read More

Alaska food banks see more hunger as aid delayed

The Food Bank of Alaska is reporting unprecedented levels of food insecurity this year amid rising food costs statewide and major food stamp backlogs at the state Division of Public Assistance. Officials at those agencies say $4.5 million in state aid earmarked for food banks and pantries in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed state budget among other fixes could help. But … Read More

Gifts That Do Good – Wrapping paper not required

It’s the giving season, which means it’s time to start thinking of those special people on your list. But, before you run out and buy something bright and new, consider giving your loved ones a gift that does good this year. And because the hardest part of gift giving is thinking of one, we did some of the leg work … Read More

Food Bank of Alaska appoints Cara Durr as new CEO

Food Bank of Alaska (FBA), a leading nonprofit dedicated to eliminating hunger in our state, is pleased to announce the appointment of Cara Durr as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). With more than a decade of experience with and commitment to the organization, and a track record of leadership in the field of advocacy and public policy, Durr is … Read More

ConocoPhillips donates 95,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Alaska

The Food Bank of Alaska got a massive donation, and the first load of meals were delivered Thursday in Anchorage. Over 95,000 pounds of food was brought to the Food Bank in Anchorage Thursday afternoon courtesy of ConocoPhillips. And this is just the first load!. There’s even more to come. In all, Conoco will be donating nearly one million meals … Read More

Food Bank of Alaska urges people to get involved with Hunger Action Month

By Lauren Maxwell Published: Sep. 12, 2023 at 9:47 AM AKDT ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – September is National Hunger Action Month, a time to think about how we can help people in our community and across the state who are struggling with hunger and food insecurity. A report from the group Feeding America estimates over 78,000 Alaskans struggle with food insecurity, a number that includes … Read More

September is Hunger Action Month

For many, a daily meal is a simple choice of what to eat. But for people facing hunger, a daily meal poses a very different type of choice. It’s often an impossible choice between food and other crucial needs, such as childcare, electricity or medicine. That’s why Food Bank of Alaska joins Feeding America® food banks nationwide each September to … Read More