Anchorage Thanksgiving Blessing food distribution serves those in need

Thousands of people in need will have the opportunity to prepare a holiday meal thanks to the Food Bank of Alaska, the faith community, and volunteers who help distribute frozen turkeys and other meal preparations at five locations in Anchorage and one in Eagle River during the annual Thanksgiving Blessing food distribution on Monday.

“I think it’s important that we give back to our community and we help everyone around us as often as we can,” said personal shopper Barb Wasile. “It’s really nice to see them in person and chat with them a few seconds while they decide what they want for their Thanksgiving dinners.”

Akeem Taylor, who attended the food distribution in the Mountain View Boys & Girls Club with his three-year-old daughter Helen, was picking up food to feed his family of eight. After picking food to make a Thanksgiving dinner he said “It’s definitely a blessing, it’s my favorite time of year, I love to eat and spend a lot of time with the family.”

Bill Roth

Bill Roth is a staff photojournalist at the Anchorage Daily News.