Sea Share Summer Update from Jim Harmon
E&E Foods' Federal Way ...

E&E Foods' Federal Way plant manager Jessie Umagat has been steaking for SeaShare for 20 years

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A tote of salmon waiting for steaking at E&E's Federal Way plant

Seafood donations across the country
“SeaShare exists to maximize the generosity of our seafood industry partners.” That’s the briefest explanation I have, and it remains true. Some of this year’s donations include:
• 650,000 frozen tilapia servings from Mazzetta Company
• 200,000 canned salmon servings from Ocean Beauty Seafoods
• 160,000 frozen salmon servings from Silver Bay Seafoods and E&E Foods
• 450,000 frozen Genuine Alaska pollock servings from the At-Sea Processors and Trident Seafoods in Anacortes, WA.
• 600,000 frozen Genuine Alaska Pollock portions in-process from American Seafoods and High Liner Foods in New Bedford, MA.

Other partners provide the downstream support to reach food banks across the country: Frontier Packaging, Coastal Transportation, Lynden Freight, Matson, Offshore Systems Inc, Lineage, Kloosterboer Cold Storage, and many others.

Mary and I were in Kodiak last month to meet with the fishermen and processors who donate valuable fish from the Gulf of Alaska. SeaShare works with several local agencies to feed people on Kodiak Island, including Kodiak Food Bank, Brother Francis Shelter, and St. Herman’s.

This year we were again able to fly 12,000 pounds of frozen halibut, from Ocean Beauty Seafoods and North Pacific Seafoods Inc., to Kotzebue thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak. The Hercules C-130 also stopped in Nome to drop off 10,000 pounds of frozen halibut for villages that were not able to hunt Walrus this year due to receding sea ice. I met the plane in Nome, and witnessed this great example of local fishing communities sharing their bounty with others who rely on the sea for their traditional foods. Thank you to Carol Piscoya and her team at Kawerak for coordinating the local distribution from Nome, and to Kelli Shroyer at Maniilaq for coordinating the local distribution from Kotzebue. You can read more about this year’s airlift here:

Meanwhile, donated fish from the Bering Sea are just showing up now. We have over 250,000 pounds of salmon and halibut enroute, with more waiting for shipment (thanks again Coastal, Lynden and Matson). Even with all the donations, we still incur over 50 cents a pound to turn these fish into finished, packaged portions that food banks can distribute. Your financial support enables us to complete annual projects like this… generating truckloads of high-protein seafood for the food bank network. Thank you.

NFI and the Future Leaders
We kicked off the annual class project during the Future Leaders visit to Seattle last month. These 40 seafood execs are passionate about seafood and committed to hunger-relief. As one of them wrote: “We have come up with a unique concept for this year’s SeaShare project, which achieves our two main objectives. First, to raise monetary and seafood donations for SeaShare. Second, to increase participation from past Future Leaders classes.”

This year’s class came up with a friendly competition: East vs. West, to see which team can feed the most people. Kosta Anazeris at Preferred Cold Storage started things off early for the East team with a company-wide broadcast. Gerstein Padua at Unisea responded by reaching out to all of his Unisea peers. Game on. We’ll keep tracking donations through January, and announce the winners at NFI’s annual market conference in Miami. If you want to participate, just click on EAST or WEST

SeaShare and the Seafood Nutrition Partnership
Eating Heart Healthy is SNP’s 4 week interactive cooking and nutrition program, designed to increase awareness of the cardiovascular benefits of a heart healthy diet for women. Studies show that eating just 8 oz. of seafood per week reduces the risk of dying from heart disease by 35%. SeaShare has partnered with the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, FareStart, and Bastyr University to bring this valuable program to the YWCA in downtown Seattle. Participants will get a hands-on cooking demonstration and recipes that can feed a family of four for about $10. Omega-3 index levels will be measured before and after, tracking progress against cardiovascular risk.

SeaShare’s unique donation model combines donations of raw materials with donated packaging, processing, freezing, freight and financial support to create an efficient, low-cost stream of high-protein food for food banks. We’ve added donation programs across the country, enabling more donors to participate. Financial support is integral to each of them, and it takes creative thinking. That’s what Team Pure & Wild understands. Joe Bersch, President of Premier Pacific Seafoods, and his sailing partner Dalton Bergan wanted to sail a Polynesian-style “proa” in the Race to Alaska (R2AK), a no-holds barred competition from Port Townsend WA to Ketchikan AK. They also wanted to raise awareness for their favorite charities: SeaShare and Blue H2O. Joe reached out to the Pacific Seafood Processors Association (PSPA) and others to match donations, raising almost $30,000 for SeaShare. Thank you, Joe and Dalton!

In other development news, SeaShare is implementing a new Development plan, thanks to a multi-year grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. We are currently looking for a Development Director to manage a comprehensive program. Please let us know if you have any recommendations.

Thank you for your continued support. We remain one of the most efficient nonprofits in the country, and we’ll continue working to earn the trust you’ve placed in us. for more information


Jim Harmon