Sitka Fish to School project honored

First Lady Sandy Parnell joined Alaska Division of Agriculture Director Franci Havemeister in Sitka on Wednesday to honor a coalition of Sitka residents and school officials for winning the grand prize in the division’s first Alaska Farm to School Challenge.

They held a program at the Keet Goshi Heen Elementary school.

 Sitka’s Fish to School project was unique in that it brought together multiple stakeholders including the school food service program, a local non-profit, teachers, fishermen, and other community members to launch a program where Sitka-caught seafood is utilized in the school lunch program.  The project has proven successful and sets an example for what can be done in other areas of the State.

“We are excited to honor Sitka in their efforts and appreciate that First Lady Sandy Parnell also sees the value in projects like this that highlight both Alaska’s youth and natural resource bounty,” said Division Director Franci Havemeister.

For more information about the Farm to School Challenge, go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/ag/ag_challengeFTS.htm.

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