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Thanksgiving Blessing serves 10,625 families

Food Bank of Alaska and its partners provided groceries for a complete holiday meal to 10,625 families in need through the annual Thanksgiving Blessing held Saturday in the Valley and Monday in Anchorage and Eagle River. This is a 15% increase over 2015, when bad weather reduced participation, and the most families ever served by this event. In Anchorage and Eagle River, 8,384 families received groceries; 2,241 families were served in the Valley.

Says Executive Director Jim Baldwin, “Food Bank of Alaska is grateful that we can help relieve the worry of so many who struggle to provide a nutritious holiday meal to their families. We’re proud to work with our partners and inspired by the overwhelming support of the community.”

In Anchorage and Eagle River, 1,900 volunteers set up and distributed food. In the Valley, 550 volunteers put on the event. Many more people collected food or made donations before the event.