Thousands of pounds of food donated so nobody is hungry for the holidays
Employees at ConocoPhillips want to make sure no one goes hungry during the holiday season. Tuesday afternoon, the company made its yearly donation to the Food Bank of Alaska. Employees helped gather 85,000 pounds of food for the needy.
Moments after two tractor-trailers arrived at the food bank on Spar Avenue, it was all hands on deck to help unload the non-perishable food. For months now, the employees have been collecting this food as part of the annual United Way of Anchorage's "Day of Caring Food Drive".
Jim Baldwin, the Food Bank's executive director says one out of every seven families in the state struggles to put food on the table.
"On the average, we distribute a little over 600,000 pounds of food a month. So every month we have 600,000 pounds going out into the community to feed Alaskans," said Baldwin.
Once the food is divided, Baldwin says families will receive anywhere between 50 to 100 pounds of food.
"It's supplemental food. It's obviously not their only food source, so, to really help with their grocery budget. Supplemental food that allows folks to stretch their dollars," he said.
The Food Bank works with over 100 different agencies that supply food to the needy all over the state. This year, they plan to feed more people than ever before during the holidays.
Besides all the food, ConocoPhillips employees have also donated $20,000. Tani Kron says this is a great way for the corporation to show its support in the community.
"Statistically, my daughter is in a class with 18 kids, and probably three of those kids don't know where dinner comes from after the school day. So for my daughter to sit next to other kids that maybe didn't get dinner last night, that's pretty tough to think about, and this is a great way for us to give back," said Kron.
ConocoPhillips will match its employee's donation, and kick in another $105,000 to feed as many people as they can. Kron went to say, all the food came from Carrs which sold it to them at discounted prices.