NANA Companies Contribute Funds for In-Region Food Program in Response to COVID-19

To further support ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts, NANA’s commercial group of companies recently committed $40,000 to a food program coordinated through Maniilaq Association’s Hardship Mitigation Project, which provides emergency food and supply boxes to Elders, individuals with disabilities and those recovering from substance abuse in the NANA region.

NANA Construction, Kuna Engineering, NANA Management Services, NANA/Lynden Logistics and Paa River Construction collaborated to make the contribution, which will fund three months of dry food and laundry supply deliveries to vulnerable groups throughout the Northwest Arctic Borough.

“I’m pleased to partner with Maniilaq on this important and valuable effort, especially during this time when certain goods are hard to find,” said Grant Vidrine, president (interim) of NANA’s commercial group. “By helping meet this basic need, we can hopefully ease some of the stress and anxieties people are feeling in response to this pandemic.”

Maniilaq Association staff will soon begin to compile the supply boxes, which will then be delivered to individuals and families in need throughout May, June and July.

“This is a special program for us because we know it serves a fundamental yet critical purpose,” said Tim Gilbert, president/CEO of Maniilaq Association. “NANA’s generous contribution helps ensure that we can continue to support it, and in turn, the clients it seeks to benefit.”

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NANA’s commercial group is composed of companies that provide critical support to resource development, as well as other industries, including healthcare and education, throughout Alaska and in the continental U.S.

Maniilaq Association is a tribally governed 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides health, tribal and social services to residents of northwest Alaska and represents 12 federally recognized tribes.