• 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

  • Crime

    Fairbanks priest indicted on child exploitation charges

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 24, 16:10

    Placed on leave earlier this year while under investigation by the FBI, a Fairbanks priest has now been indicted for child exploitation. Friday, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office announced 57-year-old Clint Michael Landry was formally charged with attempted production of child pornography and attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. According to court documents, Landry […]

  • On-Air

    Mic Check in the Morning: Jonathan J. Bower

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 24, 14:08

    Friday in the KTVA 11 Studios, Jonathan J. Bower gave Daybreak a sneak peek into his new album, “Hope, Alaska” for Mic Check in the Morning. Bower will perform Friday, Oct. 24 at Studio 2200 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 26 at Anchorage Community Works at 3 p.m.

  • News

    Don Young apologizes at AFN for suicide comments

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 24, 12:19

    Last updated 1:40 p.m. Rep. Don Young, who recently came under fire for his comments about suicide at a Wasilla high school earlier this week, publicly apologized at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention Friday. In a speech, Young said he gives the issues of suicide and mental illness “a high priority,” listing his co-sponorship […]

  • News

    Lanterns with positive message surprise drivers, air traffic controllers

    by Hope Miller on Oct 24, 11:48

    Paper lanterns were launched into the sky in East Anchorage Thursday night with a message of hope for victims of domestic violence. The lanterns, however, came as a surprise to some in the area, causing officials to briefly reroute airplane traffic at Merrill Field. “Shed the Light” is an event aimed at starting the conversation […]

  • On-Air

    Mic Check in Morning: East High School Ukulele Society for Better Living

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 24, 10:19

    A group of students at an Anchorage high school is inspiring others through the sound of music. The East High School Ukulele Society for Better Living performed live for Daybreak’s Mic Check in the Morning.

  • On-Air

    Get Out: Putters Wild

    by Brett Shepard on Oct 24, 9:23

    Last week I went disc golfing out at Kincaid Park. This week I’m back to a more traditional style of golf and I’ve brought a friend along. Janessa Webb joined me for this Get Out and we challenged each other to a friendly game of golf. “Here we have 18 holes of blacklight mini golf. There’s […]

  • News

    Seismologists study earthquakes near Minto

    by Associated Press on Oct 24, 9:06

    The Alaska state seismologist says big things may be coming from faults near the village of Minto about 50 miles west of Fairbanks. The third earthquake of at least magnitude 5.0 since Aug. 30 rocked the area Thursday. State seismologist Michael West tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner the area has become “very vigorous” and faults […]

  • Weather

    Daybreak weather, Oct. 24

    by KTVA Weather on Oct 24, 8:40

    Friday brings a little more cloud coverage along with light rain and snow by afternoon. Clouds will start to fade away as we head into Saturday afternoon with Sunday being the day where sunshine will shine bright. Highs today will be in the upper-30s to low-40s with light winds. A storm system out of the […]