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Alaska Food Policy Council:
COVID-19 Update (3/19/20)

We're committed to keeping you up to date on all things food systems, from access to food safety, throughout the COVID19 pandemic.  If you have something you'd like to share, please email it to us at info@alaskafoodpolicycouncil.org
DHSS is closely monitoring the rapidly-emerging outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in late December 2019. Cases have been identified in a growing number of locations, including the United States. We are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal, Tribal, state and local partners to respond to this evolving public health threat.

DHSS COVID-19 Homepage

Update: Governor announces closure of dine-in food service due to coronavirus
Food Bank of Alaska is providing regular updates on food assistance. Click below for information on feeding programs. Be sure to check regularly:
 

COVID-19 Food Resource Update


They are also in need of healthy volunteers, who have not traveled in the past 14 days. 

Contact Andy Gilg at  volunteer@foodbankofalaska.org.




Resources for Restaurants and Workers Coping with the COVID-19 Emergency
Support 907: A Roundup of Alaska
Businesses Adapting to the Pandemic

"We face unprecedented times, and navigating it will require a group effort. We're compiling an ongoing list of how to support local businesses during this pandemic. Many cannot afford to lose their income; meanwhile, Alaskans will still need products or services, even if the normal means of accessing those get interrupted. Gift card purchases, delivery or curbside pick up, making use of free or low-cost shipping… these methods and more enable us to continue to support our local neighbors in Alaska and their businesses.

We're working to keep this list updated for our readers, followers, and community during this time. If you can commit to supporting some of these businesses or even purchasing gift cards now for future use, it can make the difference between someone staying open or someone closing permanently. Our heartfelt solidarity goes out, too, to the many workers in the service industry, and proximal industries, who will be out of work.

To add your business, please complete this form so we can continue to update this list, or share this with others who you'd like to see listed in this roundup."

Friday, March 20th
9-10am AKST: 

Webinar for Farmers Markets Support in response to COVID-19 hosted by the Washington State Farmers Market Association


 

As you may have heard, farmers markets have been facing a range of circumstances: some have been suspended, closed voluntarily, have remained open with new procedures, have improvised alternatives for farmers, and are trying to plan ahead for when markets are able to open. There are needs for funding, advocacy, common messaging, and lots of creativity.

To share what we are hearing from farmers markets and farmers, we’ve organized a webinar/video meeting on Friday, March 20.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/608374261

Meeting ID: 608 374 261

Phone in option (669) 900-6833

Webinar: What Ag Producers Need to Know About COVID19 (March 23, 2020)
This webinar is intended to share evidence-based information about COVID19 and to help agricultural producers identify strategies for responding on their farm. Intended Audience: Agricultural producers, ranchers, farmers, farmworkers, veterinarians, Extension personnel, rural health care providers, and others who work in agriculture.Objectives: At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • be aware of common signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • understand the transmission risk to yourself, employees, and potentially your animals
  • describe infection control principles and appropriate strategies for limiting disease transmission
  • locate resources and training for ag producers related to infection prevention
COVID-19 Guidelines for Farmers:

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has issued vital guidance in response to COVID-19 for farms and other agricultural businesses that serve farms. Please review this information closely.
Challenges for farmers
due to COVID-19

FACT (Food Animal Concerns Trust) is requesting your input about the challenges you are facing or anticipate facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that we are only in the early stages of this crisis and things are evolving quickly. While FACT is a very small non-profit with limited resources ourselves, we are committed to helping farmers in this time of need as best we can. This survey will help us to identify how FACT may be able to support farmers as this pandemic disrupts our communities, markets and livelihoods. Take the Survey here. 
Planet Alaska: An immune system boost from salmon head soup

"Salmon head soup is a good food during the cold and flu season because of the large amounts of vitamins A, C, D, E and omega threes. Omegas are important for fighting colds and flu and also the Vitamin D. But note that not all salmon are the same. Wild salmon have significantly more vitamin D than farmed salmon. And the salmon varieties all have different nutritional values." Check out the recipe and article

Already filed your PFD? You can still make changes through March 31st!

Give the Gift of Membership or a Donation!
This conference is now VIRTUAL & FREE for all.

Join market organizers, vendors, and supporters from around the state for a weekend devoted to growing your farmers market! Share ideas, develop new skills and strengthen your support network.


Visit AFMA's Conference Page for More Information #VirtualNotViral
This event has been postponed!
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