Southeast Alaska Food Bank Looking to Fill Summer Gaps at Food Drive

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - An effort to add more items to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank is happening this evening at Fred Meyer.

    The food drive will take place from 4 pm - 7 pm where the Food Bank can accept basically any type of food that can be found in a grocery store. This also includes important items like diapers or even the often requested pet food. Homemade items cannot be accepted, however, if someone were to catch some fish and have them commercially processed then they could accept that as a donation.

    Darren Adams of the Southeast Alaska Food Bank was on Streets of Juneau this morning to talk about the event.

    "The summer is by far the leanest part of the year for us in terms of food coming in, especially canned goods, dried goods, and other non-perishable items."

    "We did just wrap up our biggest fiscal year ever. We brought in approximately 440,000 pounds of food. Of course, the more food we bring in, the better we are able to distribute that food to your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, any of which could be struggling with hunger."

    Adams said that there is a pretty high chance that someone you may know is facing hunger.

    "Feeding America estimates that 1 in 7 Americans is at risk of going hungry. Take a look around your baseball team or your office. 1 in 7 people, who may or may not have told you, could be going through a tough time, but that's where you and I and everyone else can make a difference."

    Again that food drive is happening from 4-7pm at the Fred Meyer store.

    Find the full interview from Streets of Juneau On Demand

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