ConocoPhillips makes record donation to Food Bank of Alaska
ConocoPhillips donated 101 tons of food to the Food Bank of Alaska. It also matched the weight by donating $202,000. In addition, the oil firm is also awarding the nonprofit $1 million for a new warehouse.
The $202,000 are undesignated dollars, meaning they can be used however the food bank sees fit.
The $1 million sum is for the nonprofit's capital project to find a new facility. The current facility is around 25,000 square feet, but the organization is looking to at least double the square footage in a new place. Food bank CEO Jim Baldwin says the donation is the single largest the nonprofit has ever received.
Every year ConocoPhillips has a food drive spanning six weeks. This year, the firm beat its 2018 total by 70 tons. Baldwin says that food will go a long way.
"If it averages out to about one pound equals one meal, this 200,000 pounds is going to be 200,000 meals," Baldwin said. "Putting into simple statistics, it's like that's 200,000 people getting at least one meal."
Baldwin added the more food the food bank has, the more it can help families and people use its resources for other needs. The food it gets will also be used to stock the shelves of other food banks like those in the Matanuska and Susitna valleys.
There were three deliveries on Wednesday, with more on the way.
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