Alaska Food Security Week events scheduled in Juneau
Sixth annual Food Security Week highlights food production, food access, and food waste

JUNEAU – Earthquakes and forest fires, interruptions in transportation networks, and a changing climate have all elevated awareness of the need to enhance Alaska’s food security.

A series of events are scheduled this week in the Alaska State Capitol to help increase understanding of the need for our state to achieve food security.

“I’m thrilled to partner with organizations from across the state for the 6th annual Food Security Week,” Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) said. “Food production, food access, and food waste are being highlighted in 2020. We have many learning opportunities this week and I hope my colleagues and their staff will attend as many events as possible.”

Tuesday, February 11

  • Noon, Capitol 106
    • A discussion on how the Alaska Food Coalition works to improve food access in Alaska by Jenny DeGrappa, Cara Durr and additional speakers (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Talerico.

Wednesday, February 12

  • Noon, Capitol 205
    • Alaska Food Policy Council – Innovative Efforts to Reduce Food Waste
      • Suzanne Caldwell, Anchorage Solid Waste Services, on Pilot Programs to Reduce the Amount of Organic Material Going into Anchorage Landfills
      • Andrew Mergens, Anchorage School District, on Pilot Programs to Reduce Waste in School Lunch Programs, Including the Use of Alaska Grown Food in Anchorage Schools (Sponsored by Sens. Cathy Giessel and Click Bishop)
  • 1:00pm, Capitol 124, House Resources Committee (teleconferenced)
    • Increasing Food Security in Alaska by the Alaska Farm Bureau and Food Coalition Representatives

Thursday, February 13

  • Noon, Capitol 106
    • Agricultural Production and the Growth in the Farming Industry Over the Past Five Years by Amy Pettit, Executive Director, Alaska Farmland Trust and Brad St. Pierre, Goosefoot Farm and Tanana Valley Farmer’s Market (Sponsored by Representative Tarr)

CONTACT
Karla Hart
Office of Representative Geran Tarr
(907) 465-4926
Karla.Hart@akleg.gov