About one in seven Alaskans, including one in five children, do not know where their next meal comes from according to Rotary International. That’s why the service group, which has three separate branches in Juneau, runs their yearly food drive at three grocery stores around town.
This year, Rotary’s annual food drive takes place Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Foodland IGA, Fred Meyer and Super Bear IGA. The three Rotary International clubs, Juneau-Gastineau (Foodland), Downtown Juneau (Fred Meyer) and Glacier Valley (Super Bear), will compete to see who can secure the heaviest load of non-perishable food and other household goods for the Food Bank of Alaska.
Volunteers at each grocery store will pass out lists to shoppers that will give ideas as to what is needed. Shoppers will also be able to purchase pre-filled bags of groceries for $10 or $20. Collected items will be weighed and transported by First Student, Juneau’s charter and school bus company.