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Alaska Food Policy Council:
July 2020 Newsletter


The summer is officially here! We hope everyone is enjoying the great weather and the Alaska Grown bounty.  We are hard at work planning our next semi-annual Alaska Food Festival & Conference, to be presented virtually this year on November 6-7... Save the date!
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Conference Corner:

Join us virtually for Alaska Food Policy Council's 5th semi-annual Alaska Food Conference & Festival!
 

November 6-7, 2020

The Alaska Food Conference & Festival is an opportunity for attendees to learn more about, and engage in, the various issues affecting Alaska's food system. In our 5th semi-annual event, November 6-7th, local, regional, and national speakers will present on a variety of food security, production, business, and community issues, with a special emphasis on rural and indigenous food systems, and food entrepreneurship. The conference will also offer chef and food preparation demonstrations, DIY workshops, and virtual farm and processing facility tours. Our virtual platform provides a number of ways for interaction and personal engagement.

Registration, AK Food Hero Nomination, and Abstract Submission Portals are all NOW OPEN!!

Farmers Feed Alaska! #StillFarming

SAVE THE DATE! Monday, July 20 – Anti-Hunger “Rolling Rally”
Ring and Rally Your Senators to Pass a COVID-19 Package
That Boosts SNAP

Hungry people can’t wait.

On Monday, JULY 20, join FRAC and other advocates in a day of action to tell the Senate it must act quickly to pass a COVID-19 relief package that boosts SNAP benefits so that the growing number of struggling households may continue to put food on the table.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Ring and rally your Senators on July 20, between 9 a.m. – Noon*
*your local time

1. With advocates in every corner of the country calling during this time, calls will be rolling into Senate offices throughout the day on their first day back from the July 4th recess. Let’s make some noise! Find a list of your Senators’ phone numbers here.

2. Throughout the day of action, we encourage you to share a short selfie video (one minute or less) or a selfie photo calling for boosts to SNAP. Find Senators’ Twitter handles and guidance on how to post a video or photo. Use hashtag #BoostSNAPNow and remember to tag your Senators.

The Impact of
Coronavirus on Food Security:  


The visualization linked here shows how food insecurity may increase in 2020 due to COVID-19 for the overall population and children by state, county, and congressional district.
USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in Alaska

Pandemic EBT to Feed Children during COVID-19 National Emergency 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA has offered states the opportunity to participate in the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program.  The P-EBT program provides financial assistance to families whose school-age children were eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the school year or attended a school that provided free meals.  The P-EBT benefits are applicable for schools that were closed for five days or more as a result of COVID-19; families will receive $9.16 for each day their child was eligible, up to a maximum of $458. Benefits will be issued automatically for families currently participating SNAP; all other eligible families will be notified of their eligibility to option to participate. 
 
What we're reading:
Should you attend that party or community event?
State of Alaska shares recommendations for summer gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic


Recommendations from AK Dept. of Health and Social Services
 
DHSS Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub
CDC Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission



CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.  



In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.  (READ MORE HERE)
FISH ON!!
Information from AK Dept. of Fish and Game!

Field to Plate – Recipe of the Month
Alaska Seafood LogoAlaska smoked salmon and chipotle chowder

You can use homemade fish stock (broth) to complete this recipe for Alaska Smoked Salmon and Chipotle Chowder.  
Making fish stock is easy and allows you to utilize portions of the fish that may otherwise be discarded. You can make a good fish stock with fresh fish or previously frozen heads and carcasses. There are a number of uses for good fish broth, including in seafood chowders, on rice, or as an ingredient in a delicious bouillabaisse.

Check out this video showing how to make fish stock!
Watch and Learn – Tune into an Online Fishing Forum

Interested in learning how to can, smoke or pickle fish? How about learning some tips and tricks to target king or sockeye salmon?

If so, you can check out our online fishing forums on our YouTube channel.
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