Today, an estimated 800 million people across the globe suffer from hunger and malnutrition. The U.S. provides food aid to save lives and promote self-reliance in some of the poorest, most isolated areas of the world. The Alaska seafood industry is fortunate and proud to be involved in feeding the hungry people of the world.
Alaska salmon and herring have been introduced to over a million new consumers worldwide since 2004 through the Alaska Global Food Aid Program and its partners’ programs. Alaska canned salmon is available for international food aid through the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Food for Progress and McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Child Nutrition
Programs and through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Food for Peace Program.
In 2004, the State of Alaska launched its international food and relief efforts believing that the bounty of wild Alaska seafood should be available to those in need and who would benefit most from these super foods to boost the quality of their local diets. Alaska Global Food Aid Program strives to help alleviate hunger, by providing quality products in emergency situations, or longer term, until food security is achieved and people do not have to live in hunger or in fear of starvation.