Food Bank of Alaska helps neighbors feed neighbors

Sometimes people think that Food Bank of Alaska is a pantry that feeds hungry people directly. We are not. Instead, our programs make it possible for over 140 partner food pantries and soup kitchens all over Alaska to feed their hungry neighbors.

Donated food program

Food Bank of Alaska is a busy warehouse, deploying a fleet of trucks to recover surplus food that would otherwise be disposed of by food industry partners – grocery stores, wholesalers, producers, farmers, and the fishing business. We also collect food donated by community members, and we purchase food in bulk. We then redistribute this food to pantries and meal programs – about 80 partner agencies in the greater Anchorage and Mat-Su service area – who make it available to children, families, and seniors in their neighborhoods.

Mobile Food Pantry

When Food Bank of Alaska receives donated perishable food such as fruits and vegetables, it is often close to the end of its life. Our Mobile Food Pantry distributes this fresh food to families in need while it’s still good. Families especially appreciate having the healthy produce and dairy products that they often can’t afford at the store. Food Bank of Alaska works with nine sponsoring agencies that conduct Mobile Food Pantries at eight convenient locations around Anchorage. We distributed 1.4 million pounds of food through the Mobile Food Pantry in 2018, amounting to 1.2 million meals. Children were 38% of those benefiting.