When CIRI Shareholder Descendant Sam Schimmel reached out to ask the Alaska Native Heritage Center for help distributing over twelve thousand pounds of salmon to the Alaska Native Community, our answer was an immediate yes.
Our team was honored to be a part of Operation Fish Drop, a Youth-Led initiative to provide food security for Native families and Elders during the pandemic while ensuring continued access to traditional, nutrient-rich foods common in subsistence diets.
Last week, ANHC staff and interns worked to distribute 25-pound boxes of Sockeye Salmon to Elders, families, and individuals. Our online sign-up form filled within 48 hours, so we knew to expect a big crowd and a busy day–
but we were still blown away by the warmth, kindness, and gratitude showed by our community members.
We remain truly humbled and honored that we were chosen to participate in Operation Fish Drop along with valued community partners who made this important initiative possible. We also recognize that although we served so many, there are even more Elders, families, and individuals left to be served. We are working with community partners to further serve our community during this time.
Quyana to everyone who made this possible and to those who shared these messages!
The Alaska Native Heritage Center