• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
News Alert: DIRECTV Customers: Tell DIRECTV to bring back KTVA - Call 800-531-5000. - Read More
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

  • Sports

    Aces coach, players try to process the end of an era

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 23, 23:00

    Alaska Aces’ Head Coach Rob Murray had a hard time finding the words. “It’s shocking. It’s disappointing. It’s … I could go on and use as many phrases as I want,” Murray said in an interview Thursday after the announcement was made that this would be the team’s final season. Before Thursday’s win at Elmira, Murray […]

  • Politics

    Bill to triple motor fuel tax makes first move in Alaska House

    by Liz Raines on Feb 23, 20:36

    The Alaska House Transportation Committee moved a bill Thursday that would increase costs at the pump, if passed. Alaska currently has the lowest motor fuel tax in the nation. The gas we put in our cars is taxed at 8 cents a gallon, and has been since 1970. Gov. Bill Walker wants to triple the tax […]

  • Alaskans react to reversal of federal transgender bathroom policies

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 23, 20:14

    Alaskans are reacting to an announcement from the President Donald Trump’s administration Wednesday that says it’s dropping federal protections for transgender students. Trump’s stance simply means it’s now up to states and school districts to interpret whether federal sex discrimination law applies to gender identity. The Anchorage School District spokesperson Heather Marron wrote in an email […]

  • Politics

    Alaska Senate calls for across-the-board cuts to state departments

    by Liz Raines on Feb 23, 19:26

    State departments should be preparing for a five percent cut to their budgets — that’s the message from the Alaska Senate Finance Committee. Committee members are calling for across-the-board reductions during the next fiscal year, which starts in July. Members have said Health and Social Services, Education, Transportation and the University of Alaska are the top four […]

  • Politics

    Congressional committee asks EPA to give proposed Pebble Mine another shot

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 23, 19:03

    A congressional committee is asking the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give Alaska’s Pebble Mine another shot. Texas republican Lamar Smith chairs the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology committee. In a letter to newly confirmed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, Smith asks the agency to rescind its 2014 decision that invoked […]

  • News

    Alaska AG says feds couldn’t overturn state’s pot law

    by KTVA / AP on Feb 23, 17:09

    A representative for the Alaska attorney general’s office says a change in how the federal government enforces its own marijuana laws would not affect state marijuana laws. Department of Law spokeswoman Cori Mills says Alaska’s law legalizing recreational marijuana wouldn’t be overturned. She commented after White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggested during a press briefing […]

  • On-Air

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The uncivil war over the Confederate flag

    by John Tracy on Feb 23, 15:58

    You know the saying; a picture is worth a thousand words. The use of symbols is possibly worth a thousand times more. Recently, a group of kids from Chugiak High School got in hot water for posting a photo of themselves posing with a confederate battle flag. The photo made the rounds on social media […]

  • Police: Fairbanks mother killed by ex-boyfriend in apparent murder-suicide

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 23, 15:13

    Fairbanks police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that took place in a residence sometime Wednesday afternoon, according to a press release issued Thursday. The victim, 24-year-old Vanessa Reese, and her estranged boyfriend, 26-year-old Thien Tran, were found dead from gunshot wounds inside Tran’s home. “The preliminary investigation indicates that Tran shot Reese then killed himself,” Fairbanks Police […]