Need help applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or have questions? Request a follow up from our outreach team:
You can also get a hold of us directly:
Text: SNAP to 907-891-8913
Please note that emailing and texting are the fastest way to receive service due to our current high call volume.
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.
The Division of Public Assistance has launched their Virtual Contact Center (VCC): 800-478-7778. Alternatively, they can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SNAP Emergency Allotments will end in August of 2022.
Through Emergency Allotments, each SNAP household receives 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 through August 2022. To see the maximum benefit levels by household, click here.
SNAP recipients who are scheduled to recertify in August or any month after will once again need to complete their recertification paperwork.
For those applying for SNAP, interviews are currently being waived.
Division of Public Assistance Closures: DPA offices are still not open to the public for assistance, but documents can be dropped off at offices Tuesday – Thursday 10am-3pm. 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.
Links and Resources:
- Download and Print the GEN 50C Application for SNAP and other benefits. Alaska does not have an online application.
- Download 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:
- Email: email@example.com
- Text: SNAP to 907-891-8913
- Call: 907-222-3119
- Link to 211: Alaska 211 is your one-stop resource for finding help in your community. It’s free, confidential, and available in almost any language.
- For our Partners, here is a link to our latest outreach flyer for you to share with your clients and at your distribution site
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 Team at firstname.lastname@example.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, roughly 20% 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 FY21 alone, SNAP brought more than $288 million of food assistance benefits into Alaska – stretching clients’ food budgets, reinforcing the charitable food system, and strengthening the local economy.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. View our full nondisclosure statement for SNAP and FDPIR.