Food bank nets bounty of salmon

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks Community Food Bank is swimming in fish.

Food Bank executive director Samantha Castle-Kirstein described the individual 3- to 4-pound salmon as ''perfect fish.''

''They're the right size and gutted,'' she said. ''We get lots more requests for it (salmon) than we can fill.''

The more than 3,000 pounds of seafood, equivalent to 12,000 meals, will be distributed by the Food Bank to the hungry in the Fairbanks area.

The donation was made possible through the Puget Sound Chapter of Safari International, Fairbanks hunters and Carlile Enterprises.

Originally, 4,000 pounds of salmon were destined for distribution to the hungry in Las Vegas along with 5,000 pounds of venison, explained Bev Fronterhouse, president of the Northern Alaska Chapter of Safari International and vice chairman of the organization's national Sportsmen Against Hunger program. Las Vegas accepted all the venison but only 1,000 pounds of fish.

Fronterhouse speculated that people in the Southwestern state aren't used to preparing or eating fish, as Alaskans are.

Last year the international organization's hunger program provided enough wild game and fish for more than 63 million meals.

The Northern Alaska Chapter actively works with the Fairbanks Food Bank year-round. Trained members volunteer at the food bank's processing center in the preparation of moose, fish and game.

The chapter's annual fund-raiser was to be held Saturday. Funds raised through the auctions and raffles are used for the chapter's education, humanitarian and conservation programs, Fronterhouse said.

''Typically, sportsmen are the type of people who share.''

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