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October 2012 News:

WalMart grants $50,000 to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank to support their Bone Builders program!  THANK YOU!  Read more


Without a summer school lunch program, many kids could go hungry. Since the summer of 2002 the Food Bank has collected used backpacks and filled each one with about 5 pounds of kid-friendly snacks - juice, fruit and granola bars.

Kids pick up backpacks at the Food Bank and Joel's Place, a faith-based youth center. Together Joel's Place and the Food Bank were able to give backpacks to around 150 children each summer.

Unfortunately the Tanana Valley region's childrens' need for a supplemental summer food program has not diminished.

Join the Bone Builders program

To sign up for a Bone Builders backpack, download and fill out the Bone Builders backpack form and call Joel's Place at 907-452-2621 to make arrangements. The completed application can also be dropped off or faxed at:

  • Joel’s Place
          1890 Marika Road
          Fax: 452-2620
  • Fairbanks Community Food Bank                                                                      
          725 26th Ave
          Fax: 456-2377
The Learning Center helping pack Bone Builders bags.

Bone Builders 

May No Child Go Hungry

May 2016

This was such a grea success with helping us get food we needed for this program! Along with the Letter Carriers Event, we brought in so much food and money, thanks to TVTV and their competition. Part of the competition was that the loser and winner of CBS 13's very own game, had to kiss a pig! You can watch that LIVE video clip here

Filling a need by filling a backpack

June 18, 2002

No one should have to go hungry, but certainly not children who are forced to try to learn and grow –– or just enjoy summer –– on an empty stomach.

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Snack-filled packs ready for needy kids

June 17, 2002

A novel weapon in the war on hunger is being used in Fairbanks this summer –– backpacks. The Fairbanks Community Food Bank has teamed up with Joel's Place, a faith-based youth center, to distribute backpacks containing snacks to young people in need.

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