Fairbanks food bank distributes bags of food to community children over summer

The Bone Builders program involves distributing 500 bags of food a week to children in the community. (Alex Bengel/KTVF)
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Fairbanks Community Food Bank (FCFB) is running the Bone Builders program this summer to provide bags of food to children around the community.

These bags include healthy snacks like peanut butter and crackers, granola bars, and milk and juice boxes.

The food for that effort comes from the May No Child Go Hungry campaign, which ends on May 31st, as well as individual and corporate donations.

According to Anne Weaver, Chief Executive Officer of the food bank, this program is designed to provide for children who might throughout the year rely on school lunches which are no longer available over the summer.

This year, the food bank has increased its distribution goal from 250 bags a week to 500. Weaver expects to see an increased need for the program this year.

“We’re always looking for ways that we can continue to serve our community as best as possible,” she said.

In years past, some schools in the borough offered congregate meals to their students, and this had helped fill the gap left behind by daily school lunches. During the COVID-19 pandemic, those meals are no longer practical.

The FCFB distributes the bags for the Bone Builders program through 8 distribution sites located around the borough, including the J.P. Jones Center in Fairbanks, North Pole, Moose Creek, Two Rivers, and Goldstream Valley.

“Our supply is a little lower than I’d like it to be, but this community is so good at coming together arm in arm and making it happen," Weaver said.

Weaver emphasized that while the May No Child Go Hungry campaign ends on May 31st, the food bank is accepting donations 365 days a year. “One question somebody asked me once was ‘All I have is one can and two dollars. Is that enough to share?’ And my answer is ‘Absolutely.’ Because I want you to think about the person who’s receiving that one can that you gave. That’s a big deal to them,” she said.

On June 1st, the FCFB begins its Empty Bowls Project, a virtual charity auction of donated handmade pottery from the community.

To make a donation to the May No Child Go Hungry campaign, please visit our website at webcenter11.com .

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