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COVID-19 & SNAP Resource Update

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COVID-19 SNAP Program Updates

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. Please check the SNAP Page for the most up to date info on the SNAP program in Alaska, as well as links to useful documents and resources.

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 March 25th, 2020:
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.

For a full list of resources at this time, please see the Food Bank of Alaska COVID-19 Food Resources page.