In 2018, let's fill up our local elementary school food pantries.

Meeting the School Food Pantry Need

Spirit of Alaska is partnering with Bright Futures Fairbanks to fill some of the food pantries of elementary schools around Fairbanks! We will be collecting throughout 2018. Every quarter, two elementary schools will receive any donations from members, employees and the community.


2nd Quarter Donations Recipients

 Nordale Elementary and Joy Elementary

“Nordale is excited to know that items for our food pantry will arrive in August, just in time for back to school.  We know that students who have a healthy breakfast often have increased alertness and may be more motivated to learn.  Students that have energy are usually ready to engage in learning and may be better behaved than if they were not fed.  We appreciate the support from Spirit of Alaska and its members.”

– Nordale teacher


What is a Food Pantry?

A food pantry in a school fills the need when a child comes to school without a lunch or breakfast, and is not signed up for a food program, or has no funds on account. Food pantries fill a unique and immediate need for children in the community, and staff rely on them to make sure kids are fed. The pantry can also feed children over the weekend or a holiday if there is not enough food at home.

Who provides food for the pantry?

Food is often provided by teachers and staff, or food drives conducted by organizations in the community.

What kind of food can I donate?

Items should be non-perishable, something that small kids can easily open, heat in a microwave, and that can be consumed in one serving.

Options include:

  • Individual size pasta
  • Soup with pull tabs
  • Shelf-stable entrees
  • Individual packets of tuna salad
  • Individual chicken salad packs
  • Fruit cups in juice
  • Cheese or peanut butter crackers
  • Beef jerky/meat sticks
  • Applesauce cups
  • Granola or cereal bars
  • Dried fruit
  • Oatmeal or cereal cups
  • 100% juice boxes
  • Individual shelf-stable milk

Pick up a list to take with you at any of our branches on the donation bins. Or download the PDF.

Concerned about nutritional value? Use this Smart Snack Calculator.

Ideas for making donations easy:

  • Add some juice boxes, granola bars or tuna salad packets to your Fred Meyer Click List. Leave them in your car and drop them off next time you are in your favorite Spirit of Alaska branch.
  • Buy some extra the next time you are purchasing easy-to-eat snacks for your kids.
  • Make a monetary donation to any of our tellers. We will go out and buy the food for you!

Where can I donate the food?

Drop off your donations at any of our branches! We will store it and get the food to the appropriate school in the fall.

In 2018, Let's fill up our local elementary School Food Pantries

Bright Futures Fairbanks

We are excited to partner with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and Bright Futures Fairbanks (follow them on Facebook!) to meet a very real need in our local schools.


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