• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 30s

Thanksgiving Blessing helps people in need

By Heather Hintze 7:23 PM November 25, 2013

The Food Bank handed out enough to feed 8,000 Anchorage families

ANCHORAGE – The holidays are a time to bring people together, but they are also one of the most expensive times of years.

Sometimes a family needs a little extra help to get by.

“My husband has a job, we barely have enough money for food most times,” said Kayla Keating.

“I have four kids by myself right now and we’re at a hotel right now,” said Benita Kent.

The Food Bank of Alaska’s Thanksgiving Blessing is there to give them everything they’ll need for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

“It’s great. I’ve been here seven years in a row now. It’s a wonderful thing these people do,” said Eddie Nelson.

Volunteers at Central Lutheran Church handed out dinners to more than 1,300 people Monday afternoon.

“It feels good. There are a lot of people out there who are needy. There are tough times right now and it feels really good to give back our time and energy,” said volunteer Jeanette Menchinsky. “The food bank did a great job with the food.”

It was a lot of food too: The food bank supplied enough turkeys to feed 8,000 families in Anchorage.

“We have several more pallets to unload today,” said volunteer Lisa Wilkinson as she loaded frozen turkeys into reusable shopping bags. “We’ve been at it since first thing this morning. It takes some teamwork for sure.”

By mid-afternoon the line stretched through the parking lot.

“Every year it grows and grows and there’s more need, more families that are doing without. This outfit is an excellent thing they’re doing for the people here,” Nelson said.

The food bank plans to feed thousands of families again in a few weeks for its holiday Neighborhood Gift program. Food and monetary donations are still needed to make sure everyone gets enough for Christmas.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Riders put up ‘ghost bike’ in Anchorage for fallen cyclist

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 23, 0:13

    Cyclists hope that you see a new memorial now up in one Anchorage park. Wednesday night, friends and family dedicated a “ghost bike” in honor of Jeff Dusenbury. They put it up at Spruce Park where he was hit and killed this summer. Family and friends say putting up the memorial is like a pedal […]

  • News

    Mat-Su community responds to Rep. Young’s remarks on suicide

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 22, 23:47

    U.S. Rep. Don Young is not a person afraid to say what’s on his mind. And his latest comments aren’t sitting well with residents in the Mat-Su Valley. Wasilla High School is still grieving after a student died by suicide last week. Tuesday, the 81-year-old congressman made an appearance at an assembly at the high […]

  • News

    9-year-old Anchorage boy’s project sends postcards to child refugees

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 22, 21:52

    A nine-year-old Anchorage boy is hoping to brighten the lives of child refugees. William Scannell is a fifth-grade student at Pacific Northern Academy. His project is called Any Refugee. William and his classmates are making postcards to send to children in refugee camps around the world. William says sending a postcard to anyone is a […]

  • News

    Alaska files appeal of same-sex marriage ruling

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 22, 21:36

    The state has filed a new request for its challenge of a federal judge’s ruling allowing same-sex marriages in Alaska. The state filed a petition Wednesday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has 29 justices. If the court decides to hear the state’s appeal, the state is asking to have 11 justices […]

  • Weather

    Evening News weather, Oct. 22

    by KTVA Weather on Oct 22, 20:40

    Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound Sunny skies with cooler temps in the morning and daytime highs. Southeast Showers to the south and cloudy, mostly dry to the north with some sun breaks. Mat-Su Valley Sunny skies. Some clouds in the Basin. Interior/North Slope Mostly cloudy for Interior areas, the North Slope will get light […]

  • News

    JBER soldiers train in bomb disposal

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 22, 20:27

    Soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson conducted improvised explosive device (IED) training today, reminiscent of a scene from the movie “The Hurt Locker.” Members of the 716th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Company are keeping their skills sharp. In the exercise, the unit’s explosives robot has malfunctioned, so a soldier dons the blast suit and goes in to check out an IED. […]

  • News

    Sitka family turns home brews into booming business

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 22, 18:05

    It’s 5 p.m. on a Friday in Sitka and Baranof Island Brewing Company‘s tasting room is packed. Residents are lined up out the door to get a taste of the brewery’s new Pumpkin Ale. The brewing company’s owners say business has come along way in just three years. “It’s been an overwhelming response,” said owner Rick […]

  • News

    Pebble Partnership sues EPA again

    by Sierra Starks, Hope Miller on Oct 22, 17:19

    The Pebble Partnership is again suing the Environmental Protection Agency, this time saying that the agency has been secretly meeting with environmentalists in an attempt to undermine the Pebble Mine Project. In a complaint filed Oct. 14, Pebble is requesting that the EPA produce documents that were “improperly withheld” after a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) […]