One Step Closer
We just closed on the purchase of a larger warehouse to serve the next generation of Alaskans.
As COVID-19 continues to hit jobs hard, new families come every week for drive-through emergency food boxes at the vacant Sam’s Club in Tikahtnu Commons. Why is Food Bank of Alaska distributing food at another warehouse? Because our own warehouse – that worked great 25 years ago – has been way too small for a while. We’ve been able to respond to the huge need throughout the state caused by COVID only because Walmart is letting us borrow this space.
But now we’re one step closer to a home big enough to do the job for decades to come. We just closed on the purchase of a larger, 85,000 square-foot warehouse on Viking Drive in Anchorage to replace our 25,000-square-foot building. Very good news!
We could not have done it without long-time generous supporter and Lead Donor ConocoPhillips Alaska. The company’s $1 million gift to our Nourish Alaska’s Future Capital Campaign honors the 25-year commitment of its employees to filling empty cupboards for Alaskans who don’t have enough to eat. We thank and celebrate ConocoPhillips Alaska, along with other companies and foundations whose major gifts have brought us this far.
“We’re one step closer to being able to help hungry Alaskans with many more solutions, many more pounds of food, and many more ways to invite the community in to our vision of no Alaskan having to be hungry,” says Board President Amy DeBruhl. She is most excited about having a facility with dedicated space to ship food to reach the far corners of our vast state wherever help is needed. Here’s what our CEO and some hardworking staff say:
We won’t be moving to the bigger building until Spring 2021. The current occupant, AIH, needs time to prepare its new facility, and we need to buy and install a 10,000+ square-foot freezer/cooler, a more efficient racking system, and other necessary equipment. We are also in the process of selling our current building and working to meet our fundraising goals.
Stay tuned! We can’t wait to share more news soon.
If you know someone who needs help finding community services because of the pandemic, please urge them to call 2-1-1. They can also find food help at our website, FoodBankofAlaska.org
If you’d like to talk with us, please give me a call, 907-222-3112.
Donor Relations & Capital Campaign Manager
Food Bank of Alaska
2121 Spar Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501
Originally published by Food Bank of Alaska: Source