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AFC Mini-Grant Recipients
The AFC has funded six projects for the FY14 mini-grant cycle. Awards total $5312.77, and are as follows:
|The Glory Hole||$1,000.00||New flooring|
|Kenai Peninsula Food Bank||$1,000.00||Tires and windshield for delivery van|
|Sterling Area Senior Citizens||$569.12||Commercial mixer|
|The Children's Lunchbox||$1,000.00||Insulated food carriers|
|Wrangell SDA Church||$743.65||Refrigerator|
|Calypso Farm & Ecology Center||$1,000.00||Computer, software, phone|
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The minutes and agenda from the November 7, 2013 teleconference have been posted.
The minutes and agenda from the November 21, 2013 teleconference have been posted.
The minutes and agenda from the December 19, 2013 teleconference have been posted.
How do we educate people on the issue of food security in Alaska? How do we share the good work that our agencies are doing? How do we move potential donors to contribute to the fight against hunger? We usually do this through one of two ways – stories and/or numbers. Stories and data are complementary tools in a non-profit’s work belt; stories often get people’s attention, while data show that the stories are representative of a larger whole. For tips on how to effectively use both of these mediums, check out our latest whitepapers, How to Tell Your Story Using Data and Storytelling 101.
The minutes and agenda from the September 19, 2013 teleconference have been posted.
September is Hunger Action Month
Did you know that September is Hunger Action Month? Hunger Action Month is a great time for folks who care about hunger relief to get involved with local anti hunger causes. If you're wondering about what you can do, please check out the calendar of activities already planned for the month of September. For more information about Hunger Action Month and ways to get involved, contact Karla Jutzi, Director for Development & Communications at the Food Bank of Alaska: firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-222-3112.
The minutes and agenda from the June 21, 2013 teleconference have been posted.
The minutes and agenda from the July 18, 2013 teleconference have been posted.
The minutes and agenda from the August 15, 2013 teleconference have been posted.
April and May, 2013
Alaska Food Coalition Membership Drive
It's time for the FY2014 Alaska Food Coalition Membership Drive! We encourage any organization or individual with an interest in food security issues to join the Alaska Food Coalition. Coalition benefits include:
- Access to a network of anti-hunger agencies throughout Alaska
- Opportunity to form relationships and share best practices with government and charitable agencies involved in anti-hunger work
- Information and research about anti-hunger efforts in Alaska
- Collaboration in the future of the coalition's statewide anti-hunger work
- Platform to inform the public, legislators and opinion makers on issues of hunger
- Access to a mini-grant that will give funds for capacity building and is only available to member organizations
All coalition members are invited to attend the Annual Meeting, which will be held February 2014 in Juneau. Dues paying members can apply for a scholarship to cover transportation costs. To become a member, please fill out the membership form and return it to the Alaska Food Coalition. For questions or comments, contact the Alaska Food Coalition Manager, at 907-222-3103 or email@example.com.
The minutes and agenda from the April 18, 2013 teleconference have been posted.
The minutes and agenda from the May 16, 2013 teleconference have been posted.
Volunteers Needed for National Hunger Study
Every 4 years, the Alaska Food Coalition and Food Bank of Alaska participate in the national Hunger in America study conducted by Feeding America. This report is the best source of Alaska specific data regarding hunger and our emergency food assistance network. The study seeks to know more about the demographics and lived experience of individuals and families accessing services through our emergency food assistance network, as well as seeks to know more about the nature of our food assistance network. We are looking for volunteers to help us conduct the client surveys at locations around the state for the client surveys at food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters around the state. Volunteers must be over 18 years of age; no research experience is necessary as all training will be provided. Surveys begin in April and run through August 2013; volunteers DO NOT need to be available for the entire survey period. Travel expenses for volunteers for out of town travel will also be paid by Food Bank of Alaska. Please help us spread the word about this great volunteer opportunity! For more information, contact Cara Durr at 907-222-3103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Stamp Outreach Update
Paul Watson, Food Stamp Outreach Coordinator for the Alaska Food Coalition, shares some of his Food Stamp outreach highlights for the first quarter of 2013:
1) The AFC took a trip to Fairbanks on March 20-21 with Food Bank of Alaska's new Executive Director Michael Miller. I introduced him to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank Director, Samantha Castle-Kirstein, and her Board of Directors as we discussed outreach efforts in the interior. We also met with Alaska Food Coalition members and guests from local churches, civic, governmental, and Native organizations at the WIC Executive Headquarters.
2) While assisting individuals with Food Stamp and Senior Benefit applications, we also helped distribute over 3,000 applications for Heating Assistance which many folks said was as helpful as their PFD checks to the family budget during the long winter of 2012—2013. We also gave out over 500 tax assistance flyers to individuals in Anchorage, Mat-Su, and Kenai who were interested in help with their taxes.
3) Health Fairs, Project Homeless Connects, Super Saturday EITC Seminars, mentoring several UAA students at food pantries, and miscellaneous outreach phone screenings rounded out our quarter—whew!
The minutes and agenda from the March 21, 2013 teleconference have been posted.
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) – FREE food for children!
Would you like to offer free food to children? It may seem like a long time away, but summer is just around the corner and it's time to start planning for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). SFSP could be a good addition to your agency or programs. SFSP is a USDA program designed to pick up where school meals leave off. This program is very flexible and can be very easy to implement; that said, many sites find it more convenient to be sponsored by another entity offering this program, such as Food Bank of Alaska or Bean's Cafe. For more information on this program, check out the latest whitepaper on Child Nutrition Programs.
The minutes and agenda from the February 21, 2013 teleconference have been posted.
The notes and overview from the 2013 AFC Annual Meeting in Juneau have been posted.
AARP Tax-Aide Time
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide helps low- to moderate-income taxpayers have more discretionary income for everyday essentials, such as food and housing, by assisting with tax services and ensuring they receive applicable tax credits and deductions. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. Tax-Aide clinics are held late January - mid April; locations in Alaska include Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Homer, Seward, Palmer, Wasilla, Houston, Talkeetna, Valdez, Sitka and Wrangell. Click here for a schedule of events and locations, and please pass along this information to your clients and others who could benefit.
The minutes and agenda from the January 17, 2013 teleconference have been posted.