FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Several organizations around the Fairbanks area are working to stamp out hunger and bring meals to the homes of hundreds in the community this holiday season. According to the non-profit organization Feeding America, 103,000 Alaskans live with food insecurity. That is roughly 1 in 7 people.
This Wednesday, the Fairbanks Community Food Bank has been working to sort, package and deliver food boxes to several distribution sites around the community. At Lord of Life Lutheran Church in North Pole, a line stretched out into the parking lot with people waiting to receive a box filled with food and a turkey to bring home for the holiday.
Pastor Amanda Kempthorne spoke about ways she and others are working to help this cause.
"The turkeys behind us were donated by the Food bank and by local churches. We've collected over 100 just in the North Pole area churches. And it's a chance for all of us to be able to do something together to fight homelessness and hunger in North Pole," she said.
Adults, teens and children were all involved in this effort to give.
"We've got kids, we've got adults and I try and put the kids in charge because nothing is cuter than watching a kid carry a twenty pound turkey to someone's car," she said.
And as it may be the busiest season for the food bank, throughout the year they continue to work to fight hunger and provide healthy meals to the community one day at a time.