National Geographic Young Explorers Jenny Miller, Sarah Robert and Charu Jaiswal are embarking on a one-month expedition to Alaska to document food scarcity and a revival of hunting and gathering among young people. Follow team’s updates from the field on Explorers Journal.
We landed on the tarmac in Anchorage at 12:30 am (4:30 am Toronto time), and after 18 hours of travelling, just wanted a warm bed. However, Jenny told us that the food prices in Nome, the city we’d fly to at 9 am that day, would be exorbitant, and suggested that we stock up before we flew. We went on a late night grocery run and noticed that the prices were already steeper than what we were used to; we bought fruit and veggies as Jenny said these would be the most expensive.
The cheapest items on the lunch/dinner menu are $13 hamburgers. Appetizers like cheesy breadsticks go for $16. A pizza that feeds three people can cost up to $32.
We’ve become semi-regulars at one particular restaurant due to its proximity to our house and free WiFi. While the food is excellent, it is expensive. The cheapest items on the lunch/dinner menu are $13 hamburgers. Appetizers like cheesy breadsticks go for $16. A pizza that feeds three people can cost up to $32. Thankfully we budgeted $15 a head per meal.
Back in the grocery store, we struck up a conversation with a local restaurant owner when he overhead our surprised reactions to the prices. He said the costs had been going up, and to make ends meet he had to raise the prices on his menu. When asked what people did if they couldn’t afford food, he just shrugged and said, “We get by.”