“Blessings in a Backpack” equips students with weekend food. The program is aimed at students who receive free and reduced-price lunches during the school week. It’s a national program, and will take root in Sitka at Keet Gooshi Heen this fall. Kathy O’Gara tells KCAW’s Holly Keen about how it all works.
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‘Blessings in a Backpack’ aims to help with food needs
Linda Behnken, the Executive Director of the Alaska Longline Fisherman's Association was joined by Tori O'Connell, the Research Director of the Sitka Sound Science Center, to provide an update on SEASWAP (The Southeast Alaska Sperm Whale Avoidance Project). As O'Connell explains, the project just secured $311,000 in funding to continue research on a sperm whale avoidance network this fall. The avoidance network will tag whales in the Chatham Strait black cod fishery and give fisherman devices to communicate where the whales are located. Downloadable audio. more