Summer in Alaska are times of abundance – be it the fish, veggies, berries, and game. As I watch my garden grow much much more food than I eat, its an opportunity to share with neighbors, friends, and larger community. With that in mind, here’s a list of wonderful organizations that welcome donations of fresh produce:
- Bean’s Cafe accepts donations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1101 East 3rd Avenue. Visitors can’t enter the building, but staff in the kitchen are available to assist with deliveries.
- Lutheran Social Services food pantry (1303 West 33rd in Spenard) serves an an average of 400 families a week. Because they’re busy helping folks, they’d prefer produce drop offs to occur during business hours, but outside of their food pantry hours, which is open Tues, Thurs, Fri 1-4 p.m. & Wed 4-7 p.m..
- The Spenard Community Garden (adjacent to Lutheran Social Services food pantry) hosts weekly gatherings (Wednesday from 4-7 pm) where we invite visitors to harvest from the garden, enjoy the space, and distribute harvested and donated veggies to food pantry clients.
- The Food Bank of Alaska accepts donations of fresh produce at 2121 Spar Avenue. Please bring your donation into the warehouse from 8 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday and 8 am – 3 pm on Saturday.
- The Downtown Hope Soup Kitchen grows a bunch of their own fresh food on their roof-top garden. That said, they feed over 300 people lunch every day, and another 70 women dinner every night, so more produce is welcomed. Its best to reach out directly to Chef David Sorensen (907-250-3454) directly for details on when to drop stuff off.
Have other leads on donating food in Anchorage? I’d love to hear about it.