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Food Insecurity in Alaskan Native Villages

In 2017, in Alaska Native villages, shoppers paid $39.48 more for the same basket of food items than the average national consumer. The difference is striking, but before thinking the sticker shock only applies because of the distance to Alaska, consider that a shopper on a reservation in the Lower 48 pays $7.51 more than the national average.

In 2020, a bag of flour in an Alaskan Native village was priced at $32, compared to the national average of $4

In 2021, a carton of milk in an Alaskan Native Village was priced at $18.29, vs the national average being $3.55

This is due to high shipping costs, some of the highest in the United States. To get anything shipped to an Alaskan native village, it will cost anywhere between $1.50-$4 per pound, as well as a usual required weight minimum of 1000lbs, making importing to villages difficult unless the community itself joins together to make a large order together and split the cost.

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