In Alaska, 1 in 11 adults and 1 in 8 children experience hunger daily. At Catholic Social Services, our St. Francis House Food Pantry helps provide food for those in need, distributing over 871,615 lbs. to an average of 1,300 households per month in Fiscal Year 2023.

The pantry continues to see an increase in need. In 2023, SFH served 4,603 households – up 18% from 2022. The need in our community is greater than ever before, and that’s why we are challenging you to help us meet our 12,000-pound food goal. We hope you will join us in fighting huger insecurity here in Anchorage!

Join Our Friendly Competition

During this season of Lent, as we think of our neighbors and reflect on our blessings, we are asking for your help in reaching our goal by gathering 40 lbs of food a day for the 40 days of the lent season, February 14 – March 30.

Participating churches will have a food drive donation bin at their respective locations. Individuals and community groups are invited to host a donation drive or donate directly to St. Francis House.

Each donation that is dropped off will be weighed and tracked.  We will be tracking each individual & groups’ progress and report the weekly weigh-ins through social media and parish announcements, so look out for our posts @cssalaska!

Please reach out to Kelly Mullin at to alert us that your group is participating so we can keep track of your group’s donations! If you would like to share this announcement with others, you can download the flyer below!

The food items that are needed most at the food pantry are:

  • Pasta & rice
  • Canned proteins
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit

Donations can be dropped off at 3710 E 20th Ave, Monday – Thursday 1 – 4pm and Fridays 9am – 4pm. Make sure you tell staff that you’re donating on behalf of your organization for the Lent Food Drive so that the weight will be properly recorded. We will give you an in-kind slip before you leave.

The winning group that donates the most over Lent receives a shoutout on social media & parish announcements.

If you have any questions, reach out to Kelly Mullin at 907-717-3093.

*Please only donate unopened, individually packaged food items. Unfortunately, we cannot accept bottled water or bulk food items toward your total pounds for the contest with the exception of rice, oatmeal, and pasta. Thank you for your understanding!