Did you know…
1 IN 7 Alaskans (102,000) is not always certain about their next meal. This includes 1 IN 5 children.
Food Bank of Alaska’s statewide network of over 300 partners feeds 17,800 people in any given week:
- 32% are children under 18
- 13% are seniors aged 60 and older
- Over 23% have a veteran in the household; almost 3% are active duty military
- Over 60% were employed in last 12 months; 43% in the last month, often part-time
- 87% have a high school diploma or GED; 35% have education beyond high school
- Of those not working, 69% have a disability and 21% are retired
What would you choose?
Hungry Alaskans face difficult choices.
Hungry Alaskans face other challenges, too:
- 26% have a family member with diabetes; high blood pressure affects 47% of families
- 56% of households report having unpaid medical bills
- 15% don’t have anywhere to preserve fresh food; 7% don’t have a stove or hot plate
- 45% of households participate in SNAP, but benefits last 3 weeks or less for 81% of these
How would you cope?
Families in need use these and other coping strategies
Sources: Map the Meal Gap at Feeding America. Hunger in Alaska 2014, based on 77 visits to programs from Wrangell to Barrow. 619 clients were sampled with a 56% response rate.