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SNAP

COVID-19 SNAP Updates

For help applying to SNAP or with any questions, please reach out to the SNAP Outreach team:
Email: snap@foodbankofalaska.org
Text: SNAP to (907) 891-8913
Call: (907) 222-3119

Emailing and texting are the fastest ways right now to get in touch with someone from our team. You can also check the Links and Resources section below for additional information.


Changes to the SNAP Process

The current Public Health Emergency in Alaska has impacted Alaska in unprecedented ways. Many Alaskans are facing job loss and economic uncertainty into the future with no end in sight. SNAP (Food Stamps) is here to provide vital support to Alaskans in this time of crisis to ensure that those in need can continue to provide food for their families and themselves.

Due to the nature of this emergency, the State of Alaska has made changes to both the eligibility requirements of the SNAP Program and to the process of submitting and processing SNAP Applications. This page will be updated as changes are made to be a resource about the most up to date changes to the SNAP Program in Alaska.


Updates as of 9/15/20 (Please check back for more updates as they become available):

Emergency Allotments: Through Emergency Allotments, each SNAP household will receive the maximum allowable benefit for their household size regardless of the income being counted. The additional benefits started to be issued as supplements beginning the week of April 13, 2020, and will continue as long as there are public health declarations on the state and national levels. Here are the maximum benefit levels by household:

MAXIMUM and MINIMUM SNAP ALLOTMENTS

HOUSEHOLD

SIZE

URBAN

Maximum

URBAN

Minimum

RURAL I

Maximum

RURAL I

Minimum

RURAL II

Maximum

RURAL II

Minimum

1

$238

$19

$304

$24

$370

$30

2

$437

$19

$558

$24

$679

$30

3

$627

N/A

$799

N/A

$973

N/A

4

$796

N/A

$1,015

N/A

$1,235

N/A

5

$945

N/A

$1,205

N/A

$1,467

N/A

6

$1,134

N/A

$1,447

N/A

$1,761

N/A

7

$1,254

N/A

$1,599

N/A

$1,946

N/A

8

$1,433

N/A

$1,827

N/A

$2,224

N/A

Additional Member

$179

N/A

$228

N/A

$278

N/A

Division of Public Assistance Closures: DPA offices are no longer open to the public. All business is to be conducted over the phone. There will be phones provided in the office for those who do not have access to phones. Office locations will still distribute paper applications and receive applications via drop-box. All interviews for the SNAP Program are to be held over the phone.

SNAP ABAWD Work Requirements Suspended (Effective April 1st, 2020): The State of Alaska is suspending all work requirements for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs). If your SNAP case was recently closed this year due to the ABAWD work requirements you are eligible to reapply. 


Links and Resources:


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.