Federal Programs

Food Bank of Alaska offers these federal programs

Food Bank of Alaska offers these government programs in addition to collecting food from the food industry and the community and distributing it to Anchorage and Mat-Su area food pantries and other partner organizations. Food Bank of Alaska and its partners abide by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) non-discrimination policy. See the full policy below. 

Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Program established to ensure that low-income children, ages 18 and younger, continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Most recent figures show that of approximately 36,000 Alaskan children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, 4,000 took part in SFSP. SFSP in Alaska is administered by the State of Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

SFSP provides free, nutritious meals at approved programs in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children. Programs are provided by schools, private non-profits and local or tribal governments. Each year Food Bank of Alaska is the sponsor for approximately 50 sites, almost all of them rural. In 2015, Food Bank of Alaska provided 73,000 meals to children through these programs. As the sponsor, FBA fulfills administrative requirements such as training, paperwork, recordkeeping, site monitoring, meal ordering and shipping, allowing the sites to focus on feeding children in need within their communities. An average meal consists of one milk, two fruits or vegetables, one grain, one meat, and an alternate such as seed butter.

Child & Adult Care Food Program

During the school year, children often need a safe place at the end of the day while their parents are still at work. After-school programs that serve meals and snacks draw children and teenagers into constructive activities that are safe, fun, and filled with opportunities for learning. Another US Department of Agriculture program, the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), provides meals and snacks to give a nutritional boost to children, including teenagers through age 18, in eligible after-school programs in lower income areas in every state. There is no cost to the child or to the child’s parents or guardians. Food Bank of Alaska distributed over 14,000 after-school meals during the 2014-2015 school year.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program

Food Bank of Alaska helps 44 partners, 32 of them in rural Alaska, feed their hungry neighbors through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). TEFAP is a commodity program administered through the State of Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. To support farmers and other producers, the U.S. government buys up surplus food. For example, the government recently purchased surplus Alaska salmon. Instead of throwing this food away, the USDA distributes it to states for schools, soup kitchens, and food pantries. The State of Alaska contracts with Food Bank of Alaska to distribute TEFAP commodities to food pantries across the state. The TEFAP distribution in Alaska is based on the proportion of low income residents and persons on unemployment.

Senior Boxes - Commodity Supplemental Food Program

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) program designed to supplement the nutrition of seniors in need. Food Bank of Alaska coordinates distribution of monthly CSFP boxes to eligible clients through a network of partner agencies. Contents of the boxes follow state-approved meal plans consisting of grains, proteins, milk, cheese, fruits and vegetables. In FY14, FBA distributed 18,223 boxes with the help of our partner agencies. The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Assistance, Family Nutrition Programs, is responsible for administering CSFP.

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

Food Distribution on Indian Reservations is a US Department of Agriculture commodity program designed to add nutritional support for low income people for whom SNAP (formerly food stamps) is not a good option because of limited access to groceries in their small communities. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium administers the program and contracts with Food Bank of Alaska to receive and store the food, fill orders, and ship them to villages as needed.  

Food Bank of Alaska and its partners agree to abide by the USDA non-discrimination policy:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.