Since Saturday, 10,001 families throughout Anchorage and the Mat-Su have received Thanksgiving groceries from the Food Bank of Alaska, said Karla Jutzi, director of development and communications of the organization.
She said volunteers have never given out this many meals.
Volunteers handed out 7 percent more supplies in Anchorage this year than they did last year, she said.
The food bank distributes 6 million pounds of food a year throughout the state and works with more than 300 agencies statewide, she said.
In December, the organizations will hold their Neighborhood GIFT event, with food bank volunteers donating holiday meals and the Salvation Army providing gifts for children to 5,000 families throughout Anchorage and Eagle River, she said.
The Anchorage event will be on Dec. 16 and 17, and the Eagle River event will be on Dec.20 and 21, she said. Families will only receive donations on the day assigned to their zip code.
Jutzi said people should call 211 for information on the events.
By BENJAMIN S. BRASCH