New Mobile App Highlights Rural Alaska

The Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) announces the release of a free mobile application (also known as app) for use on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

The price of apples and other staples statewide.

The RurAL CAP app provides a self-directed tour through Alaska’s unique character, communities, natural resources, people and cultures. Users will see how much a half-gallon of milk costs from Ketchikan to Anaktuvuk Pass to Hooper Bay, and compares prices from other U.S. cities.

Users also see how far items have to travel back from rural communities to be recycled. Users can hear Yup’ik in the app’s Head Start Bilingual Classroom.

Common classroom items are translated in Yup

The app also gives users the ability to find out more about issues facing rural Alaskans, invite other iPhone and iPad users to view the app, and make a donation to RurAL CAP.

“As a state-wide non-profit advocating for low-income Alaskans, we get a lot of questions about why it costs so much to do our programs—shipping, travel, supplies, wages—all more expensive here,” says Rachel Morse, RurAL CAP’s Development Director.

“We are not able to give everyone interested in us hands-on experience with Alaska and the work we do, but through this app, we can put Alaska in their hands.”

The RurAL CAP app is available for free in the Apple iTunes store at

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RurAL CAP, a statewide, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, has been working to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans since 1965. RurAL CAP employed 1,048 Alaskans in 2010 with expenditures of more than $32 million. It provides resources and services to enhance child and family development, improve housing, reduce energy costs, develop leadership, protect traditional uses of fish and game, improve solid waste management, support health and wellness, develop community plans, and foster independent living.