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10,000 holiday meals handed out in Anchorage, Mat-Su, says Food Bank

Benjamin S. Brasch
Loseli Ofiu, 4, helps carry family groceries to the car at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School on Bragaw Street in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
A crowd strains the parking lot at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
A long line forms at one of the seven Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations as the event gets under way on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School on Bragaw Street in east Anchorage. Sites in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Clients arrive at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
A large crowd turns out at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Alaska Native Cultural Charter School student Boby Johnson, 8, and school parent Shelly Saling staff the stuffing table at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at the school in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Mary McKenzie, left, assists Milika Asikia and Loseli Ofiu, 4, at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Bodie Buckmeier, 7, mans the yam table at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Turkeys are distributed at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Silas Vogel, 8, adds an artistic touch to his cranberry sauce display as his brother Eli, 10, right, does the same with canned vegetables as they volunteer at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Donjuan Porter, left, and John Amend of New Life Development, Inc. pass out potatoes and apples at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Clients and chaperones pick out groceries at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Volunteers Amanda Ingram, left, and nephew Stephan Morgan, 10, unpack more butter for clients at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Kelsey Ingram, 6, helps out at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School on Bragaw Street in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Clients and chaperones make selections at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Clients and chaperones shop at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Turkeys and pies are distributed outside at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Loseli Ofiu, 4, helps carry family groceries to the car at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School on Bragaw Street in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
A crowd strains the parking lot at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
A long line forms at one of the seven Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations as the event gets under way on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School on Bragaw Street in east Anchorage. Sites in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Clients arrive at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
A large crowd turns out at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Alaska Native Cultural Charter School student Boby Johnson, 8, and school parent Shelly Saling staff the stuffing table at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at the school in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Mary McKenzie, left, assists Milika Asikia and Loseli Ofiu, 4, at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Bodie Buckmeier, 7, mans the yam table at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Turkeys are distributed at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Silas Vogel, 8, adds an artistic touch to his cranberry sauce display as his brother Eli, 10, right, does the same with canned vegetables as they volunteer at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Donjuan Porter, left, and John Amend of New Life Development, Inc. pass out potatoes and apples at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Clients and chaperones pick out groceries at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Volunteers Amanda Ingram, left, and nephew Stephan Morgan, 10, unpack more butter for clients at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Kelsey Ingram, 6, helps out at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School on Bragaw Street in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Clients and chaperones make selections at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Clients and chaperones shop at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Turkeys and pies are distributed outside at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Loseli Ofiu, 4, helps carry family groceries to the car at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School on Bragaw Street in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
A crowd strains the parking lot at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
A long line forms at one of the seven Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations as the event gets under way on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School on Bragaw Street in east Anchorage. Sites in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Clients arrive at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
A large crowd turns out at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Alaska Native Cultural Charter School student Boby Johnson, 8, and school parent Shelly Saling staff the stuffing table at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at the school in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Mary McKenzie, left, assists Milika Asikia and Loseli Ofiu, 4, at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Bodie Buckmeier, 7, mans the yam table at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Turkeys are distributed at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Silas Vogel, 8, adds an artistic touch to his cranberry sauce display as his brother Eli, 10, right, does the same with canned vegetables as they volunteer at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Donjuan Porter, left, and John Amend of New Life Development, Inc. pass out potatoes and apples at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Clients and chaperones pick out groceries at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Volunteers Amanda Ingram, left, and nephew Stephan Morgan, 10, unpack more butter for clients at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Kelsey Ingram, 6, helps out at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School on Bragaw Street in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Clients and chaperones make selections at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Clients and chaperones shop at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
Turkeys and pies are distributed outside at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill

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.

Reach Benjamin Brasch at bbrasch@adn.com or 257-4349. Twitter: twitter.com/ben_brasch

 


By BENJAMIN S. BRASCH
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