Help us provide traditional foods at ANMC – make a donation when you hunt, fish or gather this summer

June 2, 2017

At the Alaska Native Medical Center, you can find patients and visitors enjoying a variety of traditional foods from our Alaska Native cultures. People dining in the cafeteria can order fry bread, a number of meals with salmon and reindeer, halibut, cod, and our Patient Housing Café has a wide variety of new ways to enjoy traditional foods, such as beach asparagus and fiddlehead fern pizza! The items have been wildly popular and the demand for traditional foods is high.

ANTHC has long been at the forefront communicating the positive aspects of harvesting and eating traditional foods and advocating for permission to serve them to our patients and visitors at the Alaska Native Medical Center.

While there are a number of traditional foods that our people can order at ANMC, there are still many items that we are not permitted to purchase and serve, but may serve if they are donated. At the top of our wish list are caribou, moose, seal and whale. These are the proteins that our patients consider comfort food, which are the foods that help heal them.

As you begin your seasons of hunting, fishing and gathering, please consider making a donation of traditional foods for ANMC patients. If you are interested in donating, or have questions about traditional foods being served at ANMC, please email

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If you are interested in helping out with ANMC’s Traditional Native Foods Initiative but do not have access to traditional foods to donate, you can make a monetary donation to the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation by visiting

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