UAF students help the Food Bank this holiday season

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Turkey, stuffing and gravy - we all love holiday foods this time of year.
But for some, it isn't always possible to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.
Julia Laude took a trip to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank to meet some of the volunteers helping to make holiday wishes come true.
While it may be the season for pumpkin spice lattes, it's also time for helping hands and every week students from UAF are doing just that.
Heidi Shepard; Program Coordinator>>: "We decided to implement, every Friday, taking whichever students who wanted to join us to the Food Bank for a few hours."
Laura Barber; Volunteer>>: "It's a lot of fun and you help people so it's really a good combination."
The Student Leadership and Involvement Office helps provide students with these volunteering opportunities.
Students who do take advantage of these Food Bank Fridays, can work toward graduating with leadership honors, but Coordinator Heidi Shepard says it's more than that.
Heidi Shepard; Program Coordinator>>: "Community, a sense of community. I think that UAF and the Fairbanks community are really tied close together and I like students that come to campus as Freshmen from outside of the Fairbanks community so I really enjoy when we get to bring students out and show them that UAF's great but so is Fairbanks in whole and we really take care of each other."