- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The United Way of Anchorage says more Fairbanks residents are looking to food pantries to supplement their diets.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (https://bit.ly/1H3KtE5) United Way of Anchorage runs Alaska 2-1-1, a public resource for people looking for emergency and non-emergency assistance that’s seen a 290 percent uptick in food service referrals between 2012 and 2014.

The group’s vice president of income and health impact, Sue Brogan, said requests have slowed in recent months, and most areas didn’t see such drastic increases. Fairbanks was joined, however, by southeast Alaska where 230 percent more food pantry referrals were recorded.

Brogan says outreach contributes slightly to increases in referrals, but that the drastic differences are too large to blame on awareness of the 2-1-1 program.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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