Archives - February 2012
February 23, 2012
Thank you to the Public Safety Employees!
The Public Safety Employees Association, Crime Prevention Program, came in today and delivered a $1000 check! When asked what motivated the incredible gift, for the normal gift from this generous group being $500, the response from Gary Tellep was that they read about our need in the News Miner and wanted to help.
Pictured above are Anne Weaver, Dave Bump, and Sam Kirstein with the $1000 check.
Many thanks to the Public Safety Employees for choosing the Fairbanks Community Food Bank. January was a cold month for this community so the demand on our services increased. This donation is much appreciated!
Posted by Anne Weaver - 02/23/12, 02:48 PM
February 22, 2012
The United Methodist Church in downtown Fairbanks helps stock our shelves!
The United Methodist Church in downtown Fairbanks has faithfully supported the Fairbanks Community Food Bank for many years, and this year is no different! For their Souper Bowl food drive they raised 277 pounds of food. Thank you for your continued support of this important mission!
Posted by Anne Weaver - 02/22/12, 11:17 AM
February 16, 2012
Get your taxes done FOR FREE
Still need to get your taxes done but not excited about paying the fees? For each can you bring into Liberty Tax (either location) on Saturday Feb 18th from Noon to 5pm you get a % off your tax fees.
So, 1 can = 1%, 5 cans = 5%, and YES 100 cans = 100% FREE.
This canned food drive is for 5 hours only. Please see their flyer below, and thank you for your support of the Fairbanks Community Food Bank!
Posted by Anne Weaver - 02/16/12, 07:32 PM
February 15, 2012
Faces of hunger
Every year we talk with our customers to see how we can serve them better. During that time we hear many stories of courage. Luann had some stories that particularly touched her. Here is her version:
"I really enjoyed being out doing the surveys for the Food Bank. People told us how thankful they were for the food, and how helpful it will be. One lady said if it wasn’t for our food, her boys wouldn’t have enough to eat. They are growing and she has to supplement her shopping with the food boxes.
Another mother who is expecting and boyfriend was out of work was very thankful for the food. She was hoping to be able to get back to her work at the hospital as soon as possible after the baby’s birth so she could supplement their food supply and pay bills.
Another lady with a college degree was disabled and was heavily relying on the Food Bank for her food. It was hard talking with her because you could feel her sadness that once she was a proud worker and pulling in a decent pay check and now she has to depend on others for her food.
One disabled man was walking home dragging a suitcase filled with his food. When offered a ride he turned it down because he had been in the house during the cold snap and now he needed to get out and get some exercise. I love seeing people who don’t let a disability hold them back. He was only in about his late 30’s. He was a blessing, he helped the guys get the food off the truck and never complained.
One man made a trip on his motorized wheel chair to pick up his food boxes and then came back to talk with me and answer my questions about the Food Bank. The church said that unless it is really cold out, he will drive that wheel chair everywhere. He comes over every week. Even helps others with their stuff.
Most people just were thankful. And most told us God Bless you. Thank you."
Thank you for your stories of courage and your willingness to share.
This is a small sampling of the thousands of folks we serve every month. Thank you, Fairbanks, for your support!
Posted by Anne Weaver - 02/15/12, 08:38 PM
February 01, 2012
North Pole Christian School starts "Food Bank Month" today
I had a great time this morning presenting to North Pole Christian School during their chapel. NPCS kicked-off "Food Bank Month" today with songs, boxed goods, and a presentation about how the Food Bank relies on this community.
One of the questions I often ask of a group is what they already know about the Food Bank. The first answer out of the kids, one in the 1st or 2nd grade none the less, was that "sharing food is important." That was a great way to start. And after a great discussion, the last answer, from one of the senior high kids, was (yelled with great exuberance) "SHARING MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD!" Yep, it was a good way to start out my day!
The kids at this school always do a fantastic job with their food drive. It is a joy to be able to speak with them every year! Many thanks to them for a month dedicated to serving our customers!
We will even be seeing 6 of their senior high students this month for a couple of days of volunteer service. They are doing a local mission project because they know that there are hungry people right here in Alaska. Smart kids!
Posted by Anne Weaver - 02/01/12, 04:21 PM
Belly laugh at the Food Bank
This made our staff smile: a man lost a bet on a Football game so he came here to the Food Bank to make a donation in order to pay off his debt. Now that's a good way to pay off a debt!
Posted by Anne Weaver - 02/01/12, 04:07 PM
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- Volunteers: On your marks, get set, GO!
- Quota Club & Order of Easter Stars bring in Easter treats for our customers
- Visit Sam's Club this weekend for a new way to help this LOCAL Food Bank
- Longtime fire chief, community volunteer Bill Shechter dies
- Two more wood bison!
- Paige Gappert donates from her proceeds again. What an amazing kid!
- American Legion Post 57 continues to support the veterans and their families!
- Thank you Alaska Airline's employees for your food AND your dollars!
- Food came in all the way from Washington DC yesterday - thank you Senator Begich's staff for your personal donations!
- Thank you Sourdough Transfer for your "Move Hunger" food drive!
- Santa visits our TEFAP distribution and brings smiles to the kids faces
- The Fairbanks City Police brought in 5 complete meals for our customers!
- The Little Match Girl was a lovely production at DTF. Reminds us of the hard times many folks have in these cold winters!
- "Why are you giving to us today?" "We chose to not have an office Christmas Party..."
- Christmas boxes for Salvation Army all packed and out the door! Merry Christmas!
- "One for us, one for the Food Bank..." A childhood lesson remembered
- THANK YOU to all the folks purchasing End Hunger bags at Safeway. They are coming in by the 100s!
- 26 years after a customer was served he says "...I was inspired by the two food boxes I received..."
- Thank you Ayala for your "Random Acts of Christmas Kindness" certificate!
- So who is Mr. Potato Head? Why, George Berry, of course!