Half ton of food donated to homeless Anchorage youth stolen

Authorities are investigating the theft of more than a thousand pounds of food that was intended to feed homeless youth in Anchorage.

KTUU-TV reports the estimated $1,000 worth of food was reported stolen in late June. The food had been collected during an annual food drive conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

The food went missing from a shed at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, where it was being stored until space opened up at Covenant House, a nonprofit that serves homeless and at-risk youth.

The agency’s Jennifer Smerud says the stolen items include Ramen noodles, canned vegetables and other food items easy for children to carry and prepare.

Anchorage police spokeswoman Renee Oistad says officers haven’t yet located a suspect, but an investigation is ongoing.

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