Local nonprofits to take hit with Sam's Club closure

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - With the closure of Sam's Club just days away, Amanda Brennan takes a closer look at how the loss of the retail warehouse giant affects local non-profits.
Amanda Brennan; Reporting>>: The effects of one store closing in a small city don't often touch so many facets of the community. But when that one store is the only bulk retail business in 360 miles, it is not only restaurants and other businesses that will feel the strain. Sam's Club closing will also have a significant impact on the ability for local non-profits to continue business as usual. The Fairbanks Community Food Bank and Meals On Wheels, in particular, will have to make tough decisions regarding how they help Fairbanks' most disadvantaged community members.
Darlene Supplee; Executive Director - Meals on Wheels>>: "There were some prices that we found that even our local food distributors, as much as they work with the Meals on Wheels program and attempt to keep food costs down for us, could not match their prices. If it comes to adding beans to the protein, we will make sure that we are getting a good solid balanced nutrition at your door."
Amanda Brennan; Reporting>>: Although the Food Bank will lose 7 tons of food a week, Executive Director, Anne Weaver, says that they will still be able to provide people with food, even though what they provide might change.
Anne Weaver; Executive Director - Fairbanks Community Food Bank>>: "Here's the interesting thing, because a lot of their food was the frozen meats and the produce, we're going to need to ask the community even more for the canned and boxed goods, because that's a big hit there. We're still going to be able to meet our minimum of 20 pounds of food per person, we're going to be able to meet the 3 day supply worth of food. We're going to have to look at who is going to be impacted the most from us."
Amanda Brennan; Reporting>>: With 177 people employed by the store about to be out of work, Executive Director of the United Way of the Tanana Valley, Bill Wright, says that the 20 non-profit agencies associated with the United Way will be ready to provide job training and other services, if needed.
Bill Wright; Executive Director - United Way of the Tanana Valley>>: "Some of the services that are provided by the United Way member agencies, those will be resources for those employees who have lost their jobs to go to, for job training, for job opportunities, and maybe even in the short term some volunteer opportunities may be available for them to be able to keep their lives occupied, and to give them some things to do and give back to the community until they land back up on their feet."
Amanda Brennan; Reporting>>: Weaver, Supplee and Wright are optimistic that the Golden Heart City will live up to its name and continue to help out those in need.
Amanda Brennan reporting.