FAIRBANKS (AP) -- More than 45,000 pounds of food was donated to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank when fair officials offered free admission for people who brought cans of food Thursday.
''This is the largest canned food intake we've had at the food bank,'' said Samantha Castle-Kirstein, Food Bank executive director.
The canned and dried food donations totaled 45,100 pounds, the highest poundage received since the fair instituted the canned food admission day in 1994.
''It's a ton more than we have ever had and three tons more than last year,'' said Castle-Kirstein. ''Everybody seems to bring a bundle. Some of those families were bringing cases. It makes me feel so good that they are so generous.''
Castle-Kirstein attributes the record-breaking donations to good weather. More than 17,000 attended Thursday, with 12,852 getting in by donating three or more cans of food.
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