Anchorage gas station owner serves the hungry

December 6, 2017 by  

For approximately the eighth year in a row, an Anchorage businesswoman spent Thanksgiving serving free meals to anyone who wanted food.

Insook Baik, who owns a gas station, does not want people to go hungry at this time of year. She serves hundreds of meals each year, turning the convenience store attached to the gas station into an impromptu take-out stand.

Dozens of people came to the station on Thanksgiving, where Baik, her manager Glen Ellis, and other volunteers, including Baik’s son Peter, put together take-out containers filled with turkey, ham, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top. In addition to the hot food, people were given a soda and a banana, and those who asked for more than one container of food got it. The food Baik and her crew served were the same as what she serves to her family, she said.

Ellis said more and more people are coming to the station on Thanksgiving. In 2016, they served about 620 meals.

Baik was born in South Korea, and says she and her family did not always have enough food. She loves her adopted country, and in particular her Anchorage neighborhood, and so gives back the happiness she says she has received since living here.

Organizers of this kind of event could create and display welcome banners for their guests on the special day.