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33,000 Cans of Salmon – Community Service Alaska

Talk about making a difference in the world. The cans of Salmon mentioned in this article were packaged by Community Service Alaska program! The full article can be found here.

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33,000 cans of canned salmon donated to Food Bank of Alaska!

Even though Sockeye Salmon is caught from waters in Alaska, it is often difficult for Food Bank of Alaska to get donated fish. Donated fish has to be processed by a USDA approved processing plant and most fish caught in Alaska gets processed in Seattle, Washington.

SeaShare is a nonprofit based in Seattle, Washington that supplies high-protein seafood to food banks locally, regionally, and nationally. They recently donated 33,000 cans of canned salmon to FBA – their very first donation! SeaShare recruits seafood industry partners to provide otherwise unobtainable products to help fight against hunger and poor nutrition. Some of the Alaska fishermen asked them to find a way to get Alaskan products to hungry Alaskans.

Not surprisingly, canned salmon is a highly valuable commodity to those of us in the anti-hunger community. Canned salmon is high in protein, and shelf stable – two very important qualities for providing food to clients. All of the canned salmon is currently available to our nearly 300 partner agencies across the state. Most of the canned salmon was sorted, labeled and repacked by youth groups visiting the state on volunteerism and service projects.