You can help us address food insecurity in Fairbanks.
We believe it is our mission to make good, healthy food available to everyone in our community. We know that many of our neighbors struggle to put good, healthy food on the table for their families. We also know our shoppers and Owners want to help. To address the issue of food insecurity in our community, we’ve partnered with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to create a new program called Shop & Share.
Starting October 1st, you’ll have the option to choose a Shop & Share item from a menu at the register and add it to your own grocery purchase. We’ll issue a voucher for the item and give it to AHFC. They will distribute the vouchers that you and others purchase to families in their Jumpstart program.
We’ve chosen seven versatile and nutritious foods for the menu: a dozen organic eggs, a container of yogurt, a pound of bulk organic oats, a bag of frozen organic veggies and one of fruit, a pound of ground turkey, and a serving of fresh Deli soup.
We’re excited to get the program up and running. Shop & Share is modeled on the Suspended Groceries program pioneered by Wild Oats Market, a sister co-op in Williamsburg, MA, in partnership with students at Williams College. We started planning for the program last year when a Williams College student who had been involved with the development of Wild Oats’ program approached us about adapting it to fit Fairbanks.
Like our Lend a Hand register round-up program, Shop & Share is entirely voluntary. If you choose to “pay it forward,” you’ll be helping make nutritious organic foods available to others who may need a little help. And that will make our community healthier and stronger.
Our board members and staff from AHFC will be on hand to answer questions from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 1, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 2.
A press release for the new program can be found here.
If you have questions, please contact Kristin Summerlin, Marketing & Owner Services Manager.