American Seafoods now accepting applications for grant program

The Community Advisory Board of American Seafoods Company announced it is now accepting applications for its Alaska Community Grant Program.

The deadline to submit applications is Dec. 1. The board will award $30,000 to selected organizations Dec. 15.

Since its inception in 1997, the Seafoods Advisory Board has granted more than $990,000 to organizations and programs in rural Alaska and will pass the $1 million mark in total contributions at its meeting in December.

“The American Seafoods Community Advisory Board has made an undeniably positive impact on communities across the state. Requests for food banks, medical supplies, Santa suits, after-school teen programs and fire-fighting bunker gear, an ambulance, an outside deck for a senior center and other unmet needs have all been made possible by the generosity and heart of American Seafoods” says Shirley Marquardt, the mayor of Unalaska and an Advisory Board member.

American Seafoods, part of American Seafoods Group, harvests, processes, prepares and supplies a variety of fish species seafood. The Company produces fillet, surimi, roe and block product offerings made from Alaska pollock, Pacific whiting, Pacific cod and sea scallops.

“Our goal is to provide assistance and financial support to organizations that are making a real difference in the communities where we operate,” said Inge Andreassen, president of American Seafoods Company. “The people and organizations we provide assistance to are an important part of our business and we look forward to continuing the CAB grant program for many years to come.”

American Seafoods issued 35 grants totaling $30,000 at the board’s meeting in February. Recipients of those awards include the City of St. Paul, the Bristol Bay Regional Food Bank, the Homer Community Food Pantry and Sand Point Boys and Girls Club.

The advisory board evaluates each proposal based on the need in the community, project benefits, the number of people that will benefit from the program, who the award is intended for and the ability to garner additional funding, according to American Seafoods.

Grant applications are available online at www.americanseafoods.com.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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