SNAP

The new food stamps

SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the new name for food stamps. Participating households receive money every month on a “Quest” debit card that can be used for groceries. Food Bank of Alaska’s SNAP Outreach team works in communities statewide to help Alaskans complete the Public Assistance application, which includes SNAP, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance, Adult Public Assistance, and General Relief. We are dedicated to walking alongside families and individuals step-by-step through the application process to help people get the support they need.

Households may qualify for SNAP based on their monthly income and assets. The application process includes a paper application and a phone interview. Learn at www.alaskasnap.com

If you want help applying or would like to volunteer with SNAP Outreach, please contact Food Bank of Alaska’s SNAP Outreach Coordinator at snap@foodbankofalaska.org or 907-222-3119.


Why Food Bank of Alaska does SNAP outreach

Despite SNAP’s potential as a supplement to food budgets for struggling families, more than a quarter of Alaskans who potentially qualify don’t actually claim their benefits. This may be due to a variety of factors including lack of time and transportation, limited English proficiency, physical and cognitive impairments, and stigma about requesting help. The Food Bank of Alaska’s SNAP Outreach team works statewide to alleviate these barriers, meeting people where they gather – at food pantries, shelters, grocery stores, libraries, and community events.

SNAP is a powerful resource in the fight against hunger and has the potential to feed more families in Alaska than all other food programs combined. In FY14 alone, SNAP brought more than $174 million of food assistance benefits into Alaska – stretching clients’ food budgets, reinforcing the charitable food system, and strengthening the local economy.