COVID-19 SNAP Updates
Changes to the SNAP Process 3/25/20
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.
For help applying to SNAP or with any questions, please reach out to the SNAP Outreach team:
Call: (907) 222-3119
Text: (907) 891-8913
Updates as of 3/26/20 (Please check back for more updates as they become available):
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 due to the ABAWD work requirements you will be re-eligible for benefits April 1st and should reapply.
SNAP Renewals Extended: The State of Alaska has proactively suspended all renewal requirements for the months of March, April, May, and June of 2020. Those with a current SNAP case due to renew in any of these months will automatically have their SNAP case renewed for 6 months.
Links and Resources:
- Download and Print the GEN 50C Application for SNAP and other benefits. Alaska does not have an online application.
- View our Application Process Guide to understand how COVID-19 has affected DPA office procedures, where to submit your completed application, and what to expect during the application process.
- Read our step-by-step instructions on How to Fill out a SNAP Application
- Here is a List of DPA Offices where you can submit your application, once it is completed.
- Need Application Assistance or Have a Question? Contact the SNAP Outreach Team:
- Call: (907) 222-3119
- Text: (907) 891-8913
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Link to 211: Alaska 2-1-1 is your one-stop resource for finding help in your community. It’s free, confidential and available in almost any language
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 email@example.com 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.