Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media
For most of the United States, the most effective way to get food to people who need it is through Food Stamps. But what happens if you live in a place where stores are limited and expensive? Subsistence doesn’t provide everything that people are accustomed to eating anymore. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has part of the solution through an alternative to SNAP for members of federally recognized tribes in rural areas of Alaska and on Indian Reservations.
Researchers say one of the most effective ways to fight hunger nationwide is also one of the oldest: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It's still making sure fewer Alaskans go to bed hungry.
In the past month, the three top leaders at the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority submitted letters of resignation. Listen now
Summer meals programs for getting food to hungry kids don't work in rural areas, especially in Alaska. People in Talkeetna are overcoming that problem with the help of books, buses, and backpacks.
Two state commissioners are making big money even though they don't have much work left to do. That's the story recently reported by the Alaska Dispatch News. Listen now
Some of Alaska's firefighters are headed to the Lower 48 to help with blazes ranging from Washington to New Mexico. Listen now
The US Senate is taking a stab at replacing Obamacare. The newest healthcare reform bill reduces tax credits for buying health insurance and cuts Medicaid funding for the state. So how do these potential changes affect you and your ability to get treatment? Listen Here
From lost jobs to family emergencies to mental health conditions, everyone who has experienced homelessness has a different story. Many people are just one paycheck away. Join us for an open conversation on Tuesday, April 25 at 6 pm about the pathways into homelessness and the strategies different community members and organizations are using to try to solve the problem.
The Department of Corrections and the ACLU are working together to reform the department’s solitary confinement practices. They brought in a team of experts from New York University to tour facilities and their segregation units this week and develop suggestions that will improve conditions for both inmates and staff. Listen now
Each of the world’s 21 million refugees has a unique story, but sometimes it’s hard to see past the numbers. To help people understand what fleeing your home might be like, Catholic Social Services in Anchorage set up a simulation where people role played what it would be like to arrive at a refugee camp. Listen now
75 years ago the Unangan people were evacuated from villages in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands because of World War II. They were sent to internment camps in southeast Alaska. Others were taken prisoner and sent to Japan. Once the war was over, many were never allowed to return to their homes. Join us for Talk of Alaska as we commemorate the anniversary of these events, and discuss the history and the impacts of the evacuation.
Young people who are homeless in Alaska are at high risk for human trafficking, but there are ways to prevent the problem. Listen now
Community in Unity went off the road system in April for a conversation about immigration and community building in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor. Nearly half the residents of the small Aleutian fishing town are immigrants. Community members and students came together for two different events to talk about how immigration has shaped Unalaska, what makes it such an accepting place to live, and how that could change because of national rhetoric and shifting immigration policy. Community in Unity – Unalaska is a co-production of Alaska Public Media and Unalaska Community Broadcasting.