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Spirit of Alaska Concert - Hunger Relief

First National Bank Alaska (Honorable Mention) - Anchorage, Alaska

2021 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Community and Economic Development
  • Asset Size: Medium

Over the span of a century, First National Bank Alaska has proudly supported Alaska’s communities. In 2020, the bank contributed more than ,000 in charitable donations in support of emergency and social services to help thousands of struggling Alaskans who faced extraordinary challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sudden loss of jobs and wages prompted an estimated 75% increase in demand for food assistance in Alaska. In response, the bank produced its own virtual concert, “Spirit of Alaska,” to benefit United Way of Anchorage’s (UWA) Restaurant and Hunger Relief Program in Anchorage as well as help some 20 food programs in communities across the state. The full concert can be viewed at http://www.FNBAlaska.com/spiritofalaska. Alaskans donated ,015 during the one-hour online streaming event, which featured over 20 local Alaskan artists. The bank matched these individual donations dollar for dollar for a combined total of ,030.

Due to the significant challenges facing so many Alaskans struggling with the pandemic, First National contributed another ,985 to these same food programs, bringing the total amount donated to United Way through the “Spirit of Alaska” concert to ,015. The majority of the bank contributed funds helped to provide some 10,000 meals to children, families and seniors from up to 32 sites served by 23 nonprofit service providers while helping support semi-shuttered restaurants in Anchorage with an earned income stream to help keep their businesses afloat. The program helped about 320 restaurant employees keep their employment and support their families while feeding hundreds of lower income kids, families and seniors who suffer from hunger or food insecurity. Altogether, the six-month program provided some 69,000 meals.