• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 12s

Unemployment cuts to impact food bank

By Shannon Ballard 9:14 PM December 28, 2013

Benefit cuts not only to affect individuals, but local food pantries as well

ANCHORAGE- Employees with the Food Bank of Alaska are preparing for more people looking for food now that federal unemployment benefits have expired.

“The new cut that’s coming with unemployment, I think it’s going to be significant,” said Michael Miller with the Food Bank of Alaska.

Miller thinks it will be significant all over Alaska.

“In the Anchorage and Mat-Su area I’m going to anticipate a 10 to 12 percent increase in our pantry needs and our soup kitchen needs,” Miller said. “I’m absolutely certain in Fairbanks, in Juneau, in Kenai, Kodiak, I’m absolutely certain that they’re going to feel that same pressure.”

Miller said he sees the struggle others face to put food on their table.

More than 6,000 Alaskans will have less money for groceries, he said.

“I think we’re going to be looking at people who could make it two weeks, maybe three weeks before having to utilize the pantry, “ Miller said. “Now coming to the pantry or soup kitchen as a primary place to find their food.”

Food banks across the country reported large increases when Congress made cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Program, or food stamps, this fall.

Saturday’s cuts will have a definite impact on families and the nonprofit’s ability to meet the demand, Miller said.

Alaska’s unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in November, marking the 61st straight month below the national average according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Latest Stories

  • Crime

    Charging documents reveal possible gang affiliations in recent kidnapping case

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 23, 17:29

    When the third and likely final suspect in a kidnapping and assault case was arraigned Tuesday afternoon, the charging documents against him and other suspects were unsealed and made public. Within the pages, the victim says her alleged kidnappers have gang affiliations and may be involved in recent Anchorage homicides. Serge Azede II, 24, turned […]

  • Lifestyle

    Orphaned bear cub finds permanent home at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 23, 13:58

    Last updated at 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23 A black bear cub orphaned in Valdez has been permanently adopted by the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC), according to an email sent Tuesday by the center’s founder, Mike Miller. The cub, named Kobuk, was orphaned in June after its mother was chased off by two […]

  • News

    Troopers: Worker hurt after coworker’s shotgun discharges

    by Associated Press on Aug 23, 12:08

    Alaska State Troopers say a 43-year-old state Department of Fish and Game worker sustained minor injuries after a coworker’s shotgun unexpectedly discharged while they were out in the field. Troopers say John “Chris” Ford of Petersburg was treated and released following the Aug. 17 incident in the Stikine River drainage in southeast Alaska. Troopers say […]

  • News

    Crash causes major damage when truck hits multiple cars at dealership

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 23, 10:21

    The driver in an early morning crash Tuesday caused damage to more than just their own vehicle, hitting multiple cars at the Alaska Sales and Service car dealership on Fifth Avenue. The collision occurred just after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Anchorage Police Department is investigating the crash. APD spokeswoman Anita Shell said the driver left in […]

  • Crime

    APD: All 3 men facing charges for alleged kidnapping, assault in custody

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 23, 9:30

    Last updated at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23 The last of three men on the run from police on charges of kidnapping and assault is now in police custody. Serge Azede II turned himself in late Monday night, according to a Tuesday morning release from the Anchorage Police Department (APD). Azede was originally charged with kidnapping. On […]

  • DayBreak

    QUIZ: Are you smarter than an Anchorage 5th-grader?

    by Daybreak Staff on Aug 23, 9:06

    If you tune into the daytime television show “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader,” chances are you’re aware of just how much you’ve forgotten since your grammar school days. As students across Alaska head back to school, it’s time to shake the brain cells free from cobwebs and crack open the textbooks once again. KTVA […]

  • DayBreak

    Pay $1, get short stack of pancakes at IHOP to fight child hunger

    by Daybreak Staff on Aug 23, 8:45

    Today, Aug. 23, IHOP restaurants are offering a sweet deal for a good cause. Customers can get a short stack of buttermilk pancakes for just $1. All of the proceeds will benefit a charity called No Kid Hungry, which aims to end child hunger in the U.S. IHOP’s goal for Tuesday’s event is to serve […]

  • News

    Alaska group works to let locals test shellfish for toxins

    by Associated Press on Aug 23, 7:52

    An Alaska group is working to create an at-home tester for detective toxins in local seafood. The Kodaik Daily Mirror reports that Alaska SeaGrant officials are working on a tester for paralytic shellfish poisoning, an illness that can cause tingling in the lips, tongue, fingers and toes and eventual breathing problems. Officials say testing currently […]