Grants Section

Nutritional Alaskan Foods in Schools

The Nutritional Alaskan Foods in Schools was first funded as a pilot program in fiscal year 2013. The program’s purpose is to encourage every Alaskan school district to purchase nutritious Alaska Grown/caught/harvested foods.The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Division of Community and Regional Affairs (DCCED, DCRA) administer the appropriation and distribute the money to the individual school districts.

The fiscal year capital bill (SB 18) has once again awarded $3 million dollars to the program in fiscal year 2014.

  • Fifty-three percent (53%) of the funding will be allocated according to the 2012-2013 school year Average Daily Membership of each school district.
  • Forty-seven percent (47%) of the funding will be allocated according to the 2012-2013 School District Cost Factor.

The sum of these two amounts equals the total funding available to each school district for reimbursement of purchases under this program. Click here for the list of school districts and their individual allocation amount.

Each school district is responsible for making its purchases and submitting a reimbursement request and documentation to DCCED, DCRA. The request and documentation must detail the quantity purchased, cost, proof the products were Alaska Grown or caught/harvested in Alaskan waters. Once approved, reimbursement payments will be paid to the school districts up to the amount of the school district’s allocation. School districts will have until June 30, 2014 to purchase items and July 15, 2014 to request reimbursement. 

Each school district must enter into a grant agreement prior to requesting reimbursement of funds. Click here for a sample grant agreement.

Food items which qualify for reimbursement under this program are:

  • Finfish or shellfish caught or harvested in Alaskan waters
  • Livestock raised in Alaska
  • Vegetables, berries and fruits grown in Alaska
  • Poultry and poultry products grown in Alaska
  • Grains harvested in Alaska
  • Milk produced from livestock in Alaska

How does the Alaska Grown Certification Program work with the Nutritional Alaskan Foods for Schools program?

It works great! The State of Alaska, Division of Agriculture launched the Alaska Grown agriculture products certification program in 1986; it is designed to highlight and promote farm products in the marketplace. Farmers and producers are required to fill out a one-time, no cost application in order to join the program. The application is available online at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/ag/Marketing/AKGrownApplication.pdf

Food offered under the Alaska Grown logo are eligible foods for the Nutritional Alaskan Foods for School program.

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Grant Documents And External Resource Links

For more information about NAFS Grants contact:

Debi Kruse, Grants Administrator III
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1640
Anchorage, AK  99501
Phone:  269-8131
Fax:  269-4066
Email: debi.kruse@alaska.gov

For more information about the pilot project contact:

Commissioner's Office
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Location: Juneau
Phone: 465-2500
Email: susan.bell@alaska.gov