Alaska: State Bill Proposes Eliminating Obstacles to Donation of Local Food

The Alaska Legislature is considering a bill that will eliminate obstacles to donating local food (fish, game, plants and eggs) to senior centers, child care facilities, schools, and other institutions.

“Caribou instead of corn dogs … salmon instead of Trout Treasures … seal meat in place of spaghetti — all could soon be available to more Alaskans if traction continues on a new bipartisan bill before the Alaska Legislature. House Bill 179 allows schools, senior centers, hospitals, child care centers and other facilities to accept and serve fish, game, plants and eggs that are donated by subsistence and sport users. Currently, state laws intended to prevent the commercial sale of wild game make the practice illegal if a program accepting food donations charges for the meal at any point before it is consumed. This means schools and senior centers, for example, are unable to provide meals containing subsistence- or sport-caught wild food if they accept any payment, including from federal or state meal programs…”

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