By James Brooks
Alaska Beacon 

Alaska sends food aid to Ukraine, but state declines to act on investments


February 23, 2023

James Brooks/Alaska Beacon

Jeremy Woodrow, director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, holds a mockup of a canned salmon label on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023. The label was applied to canned salmon procured from OBI Seafoods, and the $300,000 in food aid sent from Alaska to Ukraine is intended for use in future food aid programs.

More than 90,000 pounds of canned Alaska pink salmon purchased and donated by the state of Alaska is being distributed as wartime relief in Ukraine.

The cans were donated to the nonprofit World Central Kitchen and arrived in Ukraine this month after months of shipping and customs delays. They are the state's biggest contribution to Ukraine's defense against a Russian invasion that's now almost a year old.

Though Alaska borders one of the combatants, the war has remained a back-burner issue in the state Capitol. No Ukraine-related legislation has been proposed this year, and no significant l...

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