Salmon Sisters donates wild salmon to Food Bank

Homer apparel shop shares its good fortune with hungry Alaskans

Salmon Sisters, the Homer apparel company whose online catalog offers everything from designer hoodies to aprons, hats and mugs, has donated some 14,688 cans of wild Alaska salmon to Food Bank of Alaska through their Give: Fish Project.

For every product sold through their online store and wholesale accounts across the state, the Salmon Sisters — Emma Teal Laukitis and her sister, Claire Neaton — have pledged to donate one can of salmon, to benefit thousands of Alaskans.

This delivery represents a donation from the first quarter of its inception, the sisters said, in an announcement released July 31.

“This is our unique way of giving back to the communities that have supported us since our beginning,” Laukitis said. “We hope to inspire other local businesses to find unique ways to keep their homes and communities vibrant.”

“Eating wild Alaska salmon makes us feel healthy, happy and strong,” said Neaton. “This is something we want to share with people far and wide. With our one-to-one program, we can directly support working fishermen and help those Alaskans most in need of this delicious wild protein.”

Silver Bay Seafoods, a Sitka-based seafood processor that Neaton and Laukitis’s family fishing boats deliver to, provided discounted canned salmon to further aid the project.
Richard Riggs, chief executive officer of Silver Bay Seafoods, said that as an Alaskan company comprised of Alaskan fishermen, “we take great pride in being proactive community stewards throughout our great state.

“With this donation by the Salmon Sisters reaching over 60 communities statewide, we are proud to have Silver Bay’s canned salmon products likewise reaching those with needs in communities across Alaska.”

Complimentary airfreight to transport the canned salmon from Sitka to the Food Bank of Alaska in Anchorage was provided by Alaska Airlines.

Laukitis and Neaton were raised on a remote homestead in False Pass and have participated in their family’s commercial fishing operations since they could walk. All of their products are designed and created in Alaska.

More information about Salmon Sisters is online at
www.aksalmonsisters.com