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Alaska Food Policy Council:
COVID-19 Update (4/11/20)

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 or add to the shared spreadsheet linked below.
Check out our comprehensive food systems resources collection- the spreadsheet is opensource - feel free to add your own helpful resources!
While school buildings were closed to students on March 16, 2020 by state-issued Health Mandates; many districts have still been feeding students throughout the state.  School nutrition professionals across Alaska have transitioned their programs from the cafeteria to meals-to-go, bus route stops, and even home delivery.  In an average day, schools in Alaska serve approximately 48,000 lunches; a quarter of which are to children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Across the state schools knew the impact closure would have on families...
 
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.
Alaska DEC staff has compiled these resources to provide guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Under the Governor's Health Mandates restricting food establishments from serving food or beverages to dine-in customers, farmers markets, like grocery stores and supermarkets, are considered "essential businesses.” 

DEC COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR FARMERS MARKETS
There is a lot of information out there on what’s in the COVID 19 relief packages. On this page you’ll find several links to resources on these packages. There are also links to pages that are good to keep monitoring to stay up to date on what’s happening with COVID-19 and farming. 

COVID 19 RESOURCES FOR ALASKA FARMERS
AFT’s Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Initially, eligible applicants include any small and mid-size direct-market producers. These are defined as producers with annual gross revenue of between $10,000 and $1 million from sales at farmers markets and/or direct sales to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products as inputs.


Learn more here.
As you start to plan your garden for this spring and summer, don’t forget to Plant A Row For The Hungry. The Plant A Row For The Hungry program (also known as Plant A Row or PAR) is a national campaign by the Garden Writers Association of America that has its roots in Alaska.

Read more from the Sitka Local Foods Network
Many food distributions businesses are accepting monetary donations or providing incentives to get food to those who need it.
Check out a few examples, and let us know if you've heard of more! We'd love to help spread the word.


 
PHOTO: Arctic Harvest Deliveries: A full cart of veggies and meat donations went to @newhopeak last week. We have more of your donations to deliver this week but haven’t chosen a recipient yet. Is there a food pantry in your neighborhood or that you volunteer at you’d like to nominate? Let us know and we’ll add them to the list!
The Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association is a non-profit corporation, dedicated to serving the needs of the hospitality industry in the state of Alaska. The Association provides training programs, membership services, legislative and government relations, informational services, and promotes the industry for its members.

https://www.alaskacharr.com/coronavirus-and-hospitality.html
Matzah brei
Sometimes spelled matzah brie or matzo brei, is a dish of Ashkenazi Jewish origin made from matzah fried with eggs. It is commonly eaten as a breakfast food during the Jewish holiday of Passover.


INGREDIENTS

  • 2 sheets of matzo
  • 2 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

RECIPE PREPARATION

  • Break matzo into 1/2" pieces; place in a medium bowl. Cover with very hot tap water.
  • Let stand for about 30 seconds, then drain. Beat eggs in another medium bowl; season with salt and pepper.
  • Add drained matzo; mix until combined and a wet batter forms. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Spoon scant 1/4-cupfuls of batter into skillet, making 4 pancakes.
  • Fry, turning once, until golden and just cooked through, about 1 minute per side. Serve with jam, syrup, or whatever you'd like.
Extension activities in Southeast Alaska!
Sign up for our Southeast Extension Soundings newsletter (published about once a month) and periodic event and workshop notices. If you also mark specific program areas, every once in a while we'll send items of specific interest, like upcoming workshops, publications, and events. If you tell us what community you live in, we'll send you info about what's coming to your town!

These events/ posts will be hosted online:
 
Tue, Apr 14 Sarah Lewis Food Preservation Safe Canning at Home Facebook POST n/a
Sat, Apr 18 Sarah Lewis Food Preservation Canning 101: Science & Safety Zoom 11:00 AM
Tue, Apr 21 Sarah Lewis Food Entrepreneurship Making & Selling Cottage Foods in Alaska Facebook POST n/a
Sat, Apr 25 Sarah Lewis Food Entrepreneurship Starting a Cottage Foods Business in Alaska Zoom 2:00 PM
Tue, May 5 Sarah Lewis Food Preservation Canning Dry Beans Facebook Live 2:00 PM
Sat, May 9 Sarah Lewis Food Preservation Canning Dry Beans Zoom 11:00 AM
Tue, May 26 Sarah Lewis Food Preservation Making Culinary Herb Salts Facebook Live 2:00 PM
Sat, May 30 Sarah Lewis Food Preservation All About the Basil: Preserving Herbs Zoom 11:00 AM
Tue, Jun 9 Sarah Lewis Food Preservation Canning Wild Berries Facebook Post n/a
Sat, Jun 13 Sarah Lewis Food Preservation Canning Wild Berries Zoom 11:00 AM

Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 3 PM – 4 PM

Join us for our AFMA Farmers Market Chat! Topic TBD, but it will be interesting, interactive, and make you feel just a tad better about your day!

Hosted by Homer Soil & Water Conservation District and Matanuska Experiment Farm & Extension Center

ZOOM LINK: https://alaska.zoom.us/j/691059680 

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