FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks Community Food Bank is running low on supplies and is putting out a call for donations.
Supplies are low because more people in Interior Alaska are being laid off, and the Food Bank had to cut its annual backpack drive for kids by half because the need for its food has risen by 40 percent, said its CEO, Anne Weaver.
“We always need money, food and time — time from volunteers to help,” she said.
To help volunteer, apply at fairbanksfoodbank.org. Money and food can be donated at the Food Bank, 725 26th Ave., Suite 101, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
May 13 is the Food Bank’s Letter Carriers event in which residents can leave food at their mailboxes and letter carriers will collect it for the Food Bank.
Weaver said the Food Banks needs “shelf stable (foods), anything canned, macaroni and cheese, kid-friendly foods, anything you put in your cupboard.”
People who need food can call 45-SHARE at 10 a.m., because that’s when volunteers are packing boxes.
They have a couple of food plans. The Emergency Program is a three-day family supplemental. The Senior Program is a monthly supplemental, and to receive the food residents must meet age and income guidelines.
“All are welcome and invited,” Weaver said. “Those who may be shy about asking for food are more than welcome to look at our website to get a feel for what we do. They can also look at our Facebook page (bit.ly/2p2R0hd) and I can give tours around our facilities, I’m always happy to give tours.”