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Anchorage assistance agencies ask for help with Thanksgiving needs

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Some of the agencies that make sure no one goes hungry on Thanksgiving say they could use some help.


Bean’s Café Director Lisa Sauder said they don’t have nearly as much food as they had hoped for this close to the holiday. She said they plan serve 1,200 meals on Thanksgiving day, but that could be in doubt if donations remain down.


“We do have less this year than usual and I don’t know what to attribute that to,” Sauder said. “Whether it’s maybe a little bit of a shift in the economy or the cold weather, we aren’t really sure.”


Sauder said she was hopeful the community would help out. The cafe needs turkeys and hams and all the traditional fixings. She said the items need to be store-bought to follow city regulations.


At the Food Bank of Alaska, the situation is a little different. Director Mike Miller said they have a lot of food, but they are looking for cash donations to help pay for it. The agency is helping supply food for an event in Anchorage and the Valley called “Thanksgiving Blessing” that will literally feed thousands of families.


“We are expecting between Anchorage Blessing and Valley Blessing to give out 10,000 meals for families,” said Miller.


Miller said people who are interested in receiving a food box for the Blessing event can call United Way’s 211 line to find out where to go. He said the Valley event will be this Sunday, while the Anchorage event will take place at scattered sites on Monday afternoon.


The post Anchorage assistance agencies ask for help with Thanksgiving needs appeared first on KTVA 11.



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