Disney-themed magical creations come to life at Anchorage CANstruction

Check out awesome creations on display right now at the Dimond Mall in Anchorage. Design and architect companies built them using only canned goods. The contest called Anchorage CANstruction has been going on for 15 years and this year, the theme as is Disney! One team even built Olaf from Frozen out of cans. You can check out this year’s entries at … Read More

As Alaska pays millions to fix food stamp backlog, lawmakers suggest systemic fixes

A pair of bills before lawmakers would make systemic changes to the way the state’s food stamp program processes applications and could expand access to food aid for Alaskans. The legislation comes after more than a year of extreme delays in food stamp distribution across the state that have left thousands of vulnerable Alaskans without aid for months at a … Read More

40 Days of Giving Challenge

What is the “40 Days of Giving Challenge?” For those who are looking for a way to add giving to your Lenten practices, Food Bank of Alaska is offering a daily challenge: How To Participate: Collection will take place during the 40 days of Lent, beginning Ash Wednesday through Holy Thursday (February 14 – March 28, 2021). Food may be dropped … Read More

Bill would relax food stamp income eligibility requirements for Alaskans

Alaska senators gathered public testimony Tuesday in Juneau on a bill that would relax certain eligibility requirements for receiving federal food assistance, including increasing the income limit and doing away with an asset test. If passed, the household income requirements for SNAP food benefits would increase from 130% of the federal poverty guideline to 200%, a move that many other … Read More

Alaska’s federal food stamp funding at risk, USDA letter warns 

Alaska’s Department of Health risks losing federal funding for its food stamp program, warned a letter from the United States Department of Agriculture on Tuesday. It said the department is out of compliance with federal standards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program due to what it described as “inefficient and ineffective administration.” The Department of Health has struggled to manage a backlog of … Read More

Carrs Safeway Launches $20 SNAP Produce Match

Food and nutrition insecurity has risen to alarming rates across Alaska, and Carrs Safeway is helping answer the challenge with additional benefits and services for SNAP customers. Today, Carrs Safeway is launching new online and in-store benefits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients at all its stores in Alaska. This is the latest innovation in the company’s on-going efforts … Read More

Alaska receives $5.9M in federal aid for rural summer food program

Alaska has received $5.9 million in federal funding for a summer food program meant to help reduce food insecurity in rural communities by providing weekly shipments of shelf-stable meals to 4,000 eligible kids beginning in May. The project, announced this month by U.S. Department of Agriculture, is meant to help make up for the loss of free school lunches provided … Read More