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About the Alaska Food Coalition
The Alaska Food Coalition (AFC) is a statewide group of over 80 non-profit, faith-based and state agencies working every day to help hungry Alaskans in communities like Anchorage, Bethel, Fairbanks, Nome, Juneau, Kodiak and many more. The Alaska Food Coalition’s goals are to support these organizations, to strengthen and coordinate public and private food and nutrition assistance programs, and to educate policy makers about Alaskan food needs.
The mission of the Alaska Food Coalition is to collectively create food security for all Alaskans.
What We Do
While our members fight hunger on the front lines, the AFC works hard to support them. Some of our goals include:
- Develop innovative and effective private sector solutions to meet Alaska's hunger needs
- Build capacity to combat food insecurity in Alaskan communities – through our mini-grant program, research, and the sharing of best practices
- Discover and eliminate barriers to feeding hungry Alaskans – through research, outreach and open dialog between members
- Educate policy makers and the public about food security and food access issues in Alaska
History of AFC and Funding
The Alaska Food Coalition was founded in 1996, with encouragement from Alaska’s Department of Health and Human Services (now DHSS). The AFC was started as a method to get resources to agencies and village councils who distribute food. The coalition has never been a 501(c) (3), an IRS requirement for most grant applications, but instead has a fiscal agent which can apply for grants on behalf of the AFC. Beans Café was the first fiscal agent; Food Bank of Alaska has been the fiscal agent since 2001.
AFC is currently funded through a federal USDA grant, which is administered through the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Assistance. The grant totals $172,700, with an additional $31,838 from Food Bank of Alaska. View the FY14 budget overview.