Food Security

Tim Schuerch, President CEO of Maniilaq, Willie Goodwin, Kotzebue Elder’s Council Chairman and John Lincoln, Maniilaq Board of Director’s Chairman cutting the ribbon. Photo by Dr. Ted Mala

Tim Schuerch, President CEO of Maniilaq, Willie Goodwin, Kotzebue Elder’s Council Chairman and John Lincoln, Maniilaq Board of Director’s Chairman cutting the ribbon. Photo by Dr. Ted Mala

The Maniilaq Association, a tribally-operated health and social services organization based in Kotzebue, hosted a ‘soft opening’ for their new traditional foods processing facility Tuesday. Val Kreil is the administrator for the nursing home run by Maniilaq. He says the new facility provides a place for animals killed by local hunters to be donated and processed for elders. The Siglauq is the first facility of its kind in Alaska.
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Members of the Alaska Food Policy Council hosted a town hall meeting in Bethel last week to gather information they’ll use to guide statewide food policy.

Bethel community members gathered around tables at a local café to brainstorm ideas about how the food system in the Y-K Delta could be better. Subsistence hunting and fishing along with gardening and farming were noted as strengths in the Y-K Delta, while high prices at grocery stores and problems finding places to process and store food were among the problems discussed. Read more →