CDC awards $650,000 grant to promote food security in Chugach region

Chugach Regional Resources Commission has received a $650,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote its work in food security throughout the Chugach region.

Due to significant disruptions in the availability of food in their communities because of the global novel coronavirus pandemic, CRRC has shifted the focus of its organization to assist communities dealing with the immediate impacts of food security, CRRC said in a statement released on Tuesday, June 1.

Among the initiatives supported by this funding are CRRC’s decision to contract with Rising Tide Communications to help re-master CRRC’s Traditional Foods Recipe Book, which is available for sale at chugach-regional-resources-commission.square.site/s/shop.

With financial help from Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Traditional Food Guide for the Alaska Native People (ANTHC Cancer Program, 2015) CRRC has been able to include nutrition facts of cherished subsistence foods, as well as translations in various dialects, when available, from the Chugachmiut Heritage Preservation.

“Funding that provides the programmatic flexibility to support our member tribes during this turbulent and unpredictable time will allow us to offset staff costs related to COVID-19 business interruptions, shifting our services to provide information, capacity building and other support to our tribes around their COVID-19 responses, with both short-and long-term community health goals in mind,” CRRC officials said.