Sitka qualified for the national competition after winning Alaska’s title.
The company that makes Sriracha told customers it will have to stop making the sauce for the next few months due to “severe weather conditions affecting the quality of chili peppers.”
Several babies were sickened and two died after consuming formula made at the plant.
More and more Alaskans need help with food as prices spike at the gas pump and on grocery shelves, while pandemic relief dollars dry up, local providers say.
Parents across the state and country have been facing an infant formula shortage since February.
Fears of a global food crisis are growing due to the shock of the war in Ukraine, climate change and rising inflation.
The program hasn’t missed a day of deliveries since the pandemic started. That’s when the number of meals they serve nearly doubled to 200 meals each weekday.
Abbott, one of the largest formula-makers in the U.S., has reached an agreement with the government to bring a closed factory back on line. And the FDA is easing some restrictions on imported formula.
In the late ’90s Juneau had two Taco Bells. But by the early 2000s they were both gone.
Cases on Kodiak comprised 25% of statewide incidents of the illness. Areas in Southeast Alaska — like Juneau, Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island — also recorded high case rates.