The Alaska Food Stamp program helps feed low income households across the state. The federal government pays for 100 percent of the benefits, and Alaska pays half the costs of operating the food stamps program. The program is a part of the Division of Public Assistance. Food stamps benefit levels were increased in 2009 for Alaska. The program has strict implications for who receives food stamps and how they are issued. You can print an application at the Food Stamp Benefits page on Alaska's public assistance website. On this page, you will also find a detailed list of eligibility requirements and charts that give you a detail account of what incomes will meet the requirements. You can also view information about the program in other languages and read about the Alaska Quest card, which is issued by the Division of Public Assistance Program. Alaska also has special rules that allow for higher food stamp benefits in rural areas. These benefits also allow persons to purchase hunting and fishing supplies.
Applying for Food Stamps
You can find an application for food stamps located here. Individuals must pass various income and assets test in order to be eligible for assistance. The gross monthly income test is also substantiated on 130 percent of the current Alaska poverty standard. Eligibility is determined by various requirements, such as age and relationship. While there is no specific age limits to receive benefits, children 21 years old or younger living together are considered one household. Minors who apply on their own must also be living without parents. There are other requirements, such as citizenship, social security numbers, employment, resource tests and other factors. Other factors often include people who are on strike. The striker must be eligible before the day of the strike.
Receiving Food Stamps
Your application may take up to 60 days for processing. However, you may be contacted by a representative for further information to prove your eligibility. It is important to be honest about your income on your application, as you will have to prove your income. The asset limit is $2,000 for most households in Alaska and $3,000 for households containing a member who is disabled or a senior 60 years or older. Asset not counted include the home and the lot, household goods, income producing property, real estate that is up for sale or cash value of life insurance. The complete list of eligibility requirements is located here.
Finding Food Service Locations
Once you receive benefits, you must use your Quest card at a specific location that takes food stamp benefits. You can use the SNAP retailer locator to find locations that accept food stamps anywhere in Alaska. If you have questions about the food stamp program or just want to talk to someone about receiving an application or eligibility, you can call (907) 465-3347 to reach the DPA Policy Staff. You can also write to DPA Policy Staff at: PO Box 110640