This research project will develop a model to incorporate high quality, culturally important traditional foods, namely fish, into school meals, and strengthen local and regional fish markets.
Together with our community partners and trans-disciplinary team of researchers, the Center for Alaska Native Health Research will develop, implement and evaluate a fisheries-to-schools program that builds upon the successes and lessons learned from farm-to-school programs.
The specific objectives of our project are three-fold. First, we will conduct formative research to identify barriers and facilitators toward implementing a fisheries-to-schools program, conduct an economic feasibility analysis to assess program costs and benefits, and identify opportunities to help defray costs.
Second, we will develop and pilot a web-based fisheries-to-schools program toolkit to offer in Alaska and other states.
Third, we will implement and evaluate a demonstration fisheries-to-school program in a rural Alaska school district using a quasi-experimental study design. Specifically, we will examine the nutritional and community impacts of fisheries-to-schools programs.
Andrea Bersamin, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2011-69004-30218