Alaska Food Stamp Program

Updated August 24, 2020

Alaska Food Stamp Program, or SNAP, is a 100% federally funded program that provides food assistance to very low income people and families in Alaska.

Eligible applicants must pass income and assets tests. The gross monthly income test is based on 130% of the current Alaska’s poverty standard — about $34,650 a year for a single mother of two. 1

To receive SNAP benefits, most recipients ages 16—59 who aren’t disabled or pregnant must register for work, take part in the Employment & Training Program if offered, and accept offers of employment.


In order to qualify for Food Stamps, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Live in Alaska
  • Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  • Show proof of identity
  • Meet certain income guidelines
  • Have less than $2,250 in resources

FAQ

  • How do I apply for food stamps in Alaska?

    If you think you might be eligible for SNAP benefits and want to apply, download and submit the SNAP application form to your local Public Assistance office. 2

    Once accepted into the program, you will receive an “Alaska Quest Card” which can be used instead of cash to purchase food items at grocery stores and supermarkets.

  • Can I use my Alaska EBT card in another state?

    Yes. SNAP benefits are interoperable through the use of your EBT card which means you can use your Alaska EBT card wherever EBT is accepted anywhere in the United States including the District of Columbia, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Families who live in certain approved communities with limited access to retail stores or rely substantially on hunting and fishing for subsistence may use their SNAP benefits to purchase hunting and fishing gears.

If determined to be eligible, a specialized SNAP Identification Card will be issued for use when purchasing those items.

References
  1. As of 2019, 100% of the federal poverty level for a family of three is equal to $26,660 in Alaska()
  2. If you need help finding your local office, call 1-800-221-5689.()
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