FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The May No Child Go Hungry campaign to help the Fairbanks Community Food Bank ends on May 31st. The campaign is sponsored by a number of businesses in Fairbanks who wish to support the fight against child hunger in the community.
Businesses sponsoring the May No Child Go Hungry campaign include Usibelli Coal, Kinross Fort Knox, Simard Automotive, Total Toyo, Hawk Shop, L.L.C. and Lebrenz Landscaping. (Alex Bengel/KTVF)
Total Toyo, a heating company in North Pole, has been a sponsor for the campaign for three years.
Dave Black, Total Toyo’s owner and operator, says he's happy for a chance to help his community. He grew up on Nordale Road with a single mother. “Times were always tough, and so I always think about my past whenever I’m doing these kind of things,” he said.
In addition to sponsoring the campaign, Black has a donation box at his business. He said, “It’s always that last minute that we get the most donations.”
Black has another personal connection to the campaign’s goal, and has witnessed current child hunger in the community. “My kids go to school here in the community, and it is a fact that there [are] a lot of kids that go hungry. With shutting down the schools and everything like that, school is sometimes their only reprieve from what’s going on at home,” he said.
Black encourages the community to help out the food bank if they can, saying, “If you can buy a little bit of extra food and bring it in there, or if you’re in a spot where you have some extra funds, put down and help the community. There’s people that need it.”
From the campaign’s inception, Hawk Shop L.L.C. has sponsored May No Child Go Hungry.
The company’s owner, David Hawkins, was motivated to join in the effort because of the increase in hunger he sees during the summer months. “All of us need to eat, and it specifically helps children who no longer have the school lunch or breakfast program,” he said.
In an effort to raise funds for the campaign, Hawkins has asked if customers wish to donate any proceeds from sold consignment items. He sees the business connection as a good opportunity to engage customers in the issue of child hunger.
“I’m part of the community. If you’re not going to be active in the community, you’re not gonna really be part of the community,” Hawkins said.
He added that Hawk Shop has regular customers who have donated money to the campaign every May for years. This year, Hawkins expects to see a greater need for the campaign’s efforts.
Donations to the May No Child Go Hungry campaign can be made on our website at webcenter11.com.
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