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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on June 11, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Alaska, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Resources website or the governor's COVID-19 Resources website

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Description of Program and Relief

Alaska Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Alaska SNAP program provides relief for individuals and families to afford food at supermarkets, grocery stores, and farmers’ markets.

Government or Lead Agency

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Public Assistance (“DPA”)

Dates Available

Effective immediately.

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

To receive SNAP benefits, household income and other resources have to be under monthly limits available here: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dpa/Pages/SNAP/default.aspx. The asset limit is $2,250 for most households and $3,500 for households containing a member who is disabled or 60 years or older. Many types of assets are not counted, including the value of your home and any retirement savings accounts or college savings plans. Countable income includes wages, unemployment benefits, worker's compensation, Social Security benefits (SSA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and pensions.

On April 1, 2020, the Department of Health & Social Services temporarily suspended the restriction limiting able-bodied adults without dependents to receive only three months of SNAP benefits every three years. This restriction will resume at the end of the month following the month in which the State of Alaska’s public health emergency declaration is lifted.

On April 10, 2020, the federal government approved the Department of Health & Social Services’ application to issue, for the months of April and May 2020, the maximum allowable SNAP benefit to any SNAP-eligible households whose regular monthly benefit amount is less than the maximum monthly SNAP allotment.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

N/A

Contact for More Information

The following website contains phone numbers and email addresses for DPA offices in various Alaskan cities and localities: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dpa/Pages/contacts.aspx

List of Additional Information

For additional information on the SNAP program generally and COVID-19 related updates, please visit: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dpa/Pages/SNAP/default.aspx

http://dhss.alaska.gov/dpa/Documents/dpa/pdf/Director-Letter-20200326.pdf


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