SeaShare partnered with harvesters, processors, the U.S. Coast Guard, Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. in Nome, and Maniilaq Association, in Kotzebue, to deliver 15,000 pounds of donated halibut to people in western and northwest Alaska in August.
This is the fifth year that SeaShare, based on Bainbridge Island, Wash., has donated seafood to communities in remote communities in this area of Alaska.
Ocean Beauty Seafoods processed the halibut donated by fishermen in Kodiak. The U.S. Coast Guard’s Air Station Kodiak provided transport on their C-130 plane, and NSEDC and Maniilaq Association, a non-profit providing health and social services in Northwest Alaska, are coordinating the donation to people struggling with hunger in their communities.
Ocean Beauty Seafoods’ plant manager James Turner said it was “just the right thing to do. This helps communities in Alaska, especially the outer lying areas of Alaska.” SeaShare is the only non-profit in the United States dedicated to bringing seafood to food banks. The organization donated over 185,000 pounds of high protein seafood throughout Alaska last year, and 30,000 pounds went to remote villages in Western Alaska.
Founded in 1994 to help the seafood industry donate to hunger relief efforts across the country, the non-profit has to date provided over 216 million servings to food banks across the nation.