Holiday Run on the Food Bank Leaves Shelves Almost Empty

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Leading up to Christmas, the Kodiak Island Food Bank saw the number of families they serve weekly jump from around 30 to over 60. Alex Tsurikov is the executive director of the food bank. He says they were running low on most everything on Friday.

Food Bank 1 :08 "Mostly it worked out. Towards the end of the day we ran out of the more nutritional items."

Tsurikov says the food bank will be open today, though with not much food.

Food Bank 2 :13 "Again, as usual, we’ll be short on produce. We got cleaned out just before Christmas on Thursday. I got a little bit more, but it will be difficult. I’ll just try to give people as much as I can."

This year has been especially difficult; Donations are down and need is up. Tsurikov says many people may not realize that the holidays aren’t even the busiest time of the year for the Kodiak food bank.

Food Bank 3 :21 "It would be good if donations could keep up all through the year and not just peak at Thanksgiving and Christmas because there is a need all through the year. A lot during the summer when we get workers coming in. It’s very busy in the summer, too. Maybe even busier than during the Christmas season."

Most months the food bank distributes over 15,000 pounds of food in Kodiak and the surrounding villages.

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