Progress Toward Building the South Anchorage Food Pantry
Helping our neighbors who are challenged to put healthy food on their tables is at the core of our work. That is why we are constructing a Life Center on O’Malley, which will include a new food pantry for South Anchorage.
We want to stress that despite some delays in construction, our commitment to this project is firm, and we are making progress. We will be breaking ground once the new construction season starts.
We hope the information below will answer any questions or concerns
that may exist about the project. We also have kept the Anchorage Assembly informed as we continue our work.
REVIVE ALASKA NEVER STOPPED BUILDING THE SOUTH ANCHORAGE FOOD PANTRY
Since 2021 to date, this website has had a publicly published web page dedicated to the ongoing South Anchorage food pantry/Life Center construction displaying a 3D rendering of the proposed new building.
2022 CONSTRUCTION DELAYED BY O'MALLEY ROAD EXPANSION AND PERMANENT CLOSURE OF PROPERTY DRIVEWAY
The Alaska DOT embarked on the construction of the O’Malley Road expansion east of Lake Otis Parkway spring through fall 2022. The South Anchorage food pantry property was directly impacted. The major driveway was permanently closed. A new driveway off Our Rd. was constructed and the address was changed.
PLANNING AND DESIGN HAVE BEEN ONGOING
Revive Alaska contracted DC Structures for a design and building package since 2021 and has held more than ten design/planning meetings.
RACS has also retained Paone Construction as project manager since 2021.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETINGS AND FACILITY TOURS
RACS representatives gave presentations at several community council meetings across Anchorage between June and Dec. 2022. During those presentations RACS made clear that South Anchorage food pantry was under construction.
Also, RACS reps have consistently spoken about the ongoing construction at South Anchorage food pantry during RACS facility tours and pantry open houses.
REVIVE ALASKA SENT REQUESTED REPORT TO THE ANCHORAGE ASSEMBLY JULY 1, 2022
On June 28, 2022 the Chair of the Anchorage Assembly requested an update on the South Anchorage Food Pantry project. RACS sent a detailed response/update on July 1, 2022.
Revive Alaska has till December, 2023 to apply the funds to the building.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE MEETING BETWEEN REVIVE, CONSTRUCTION TEAM, AND ASSEMBLY MEMBERS LAFRANCE AND SULTE HELD ON DECEMBER 5, 2022
On December 5, 2022 RACS hosted a South Anchorage food pantry construction update meeting with the project manager, two project architects, assembly member Randy Sulte, assembly chair Suzanne LaFrance and RACS president in attendance.
Revive Alaska Food Pantry Facts
PARTNERS WITH THE FOOD BANK OF ALASKA TO FEED THE HUNGRY IN ANCHORAGE
AN AVERAGE OF 55 FAMILIES ARE SERVED PER WEEK
ON AVERAGE, 150-160 ANCHORAGE RESIDENTS DEPEND ON RACS FOOD PANTRY FOR FOOD WEEKLY
ABOUT 45 UKRAINIAN REFUGEES SERVED WEEKLY
DELIVERS FOOD TO HOMEBOUND SENIORS
ALL ANCHORAGE RESIDENTS ARE SERVED EQUALLY WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION
ABOUT 63 VOLUNTEER HOURS PER WEEK
TEMPORARILY SERVES SOUTH ANCHORAGE AT THE MIDTOWN LOCATION PENDING COMPLETION OF CONSTRUCTION