Governor’s Plan for Emergency Food Stockpile Hits Bump

Alaska’s plan to stash stockpiles of emergency food in case the state is cut off from supplies by a disaster has hit a bump.

The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs this week canceled its solicitation for proposals after receiving just one response, which was rejected. Department procurement officer Jolund Luther said Friday that the company that responded could not come up with a performance bond, which would have ensured the project was seen to its completion if the contractor went bankrupt or out of business.

Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the state’s emergency preparedness division, said officials remain committed to the plan and will look for ways to improve the solicitation before moving forward again.

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