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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamp Program

Some things to know about the SNAP program:

What you can buy:
Examples include vegetables, fruits, dairy products, breads, fish, meats, and poultry.

What you can’t buy:
Hot/Prepared foods, pet foods, medicine, household supplies, alcohol, cigarettes, and tobacco.

Where you can buy:
Convenience stores, certain farmers’ markets, and grocery stores.
How food stamps are distributed:
You will receive an Alaska Quest Card, similar to that of a debit card, that can be used to purchase approved food items.
Requirements and Eligibility:
  • You must live in the state of Alaska. You must be a U.S. National or citizen. Depending upon the situation, non citizens can receive food stamp benefits as well.
  • All members of the household applying must show proof of applying for a social security number or have a social security number.
  • You cannot exceed a certain level of income. This number will vary depending upon the size of the household. Certain deductions to your income are allowed.
  • You cannot exceed a certain monetary value of particular assets.
  • If you are fit to work, you must either take part in a training program, take work, or continue to work at your current job.     
You can find further specifics and general information on the above requirements and eligibility rules here.
Where to Apply
You can may download the application here and apply over the phone or apply in person. If downloading an application online or stopping in to pick up an application at one of the below offices are not feasible options, you can request your local office to have it mailed to you.
Local Public Assistance Offices
Juneau District Office
10002 Glacier Highway
Suite 200
Juneau, AK 99801
Telephone: 465-3537 or 1-800-478-3537
Fax: 465-4657
Ketchikan District Office
2030 Sea Level Drive
Suite 301
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Telephone: 225-2135 or 1-800-478-2135
Fax: 247-2135
Sitka District Office
201 Katlian Street
Suite 107
Sitka, AK 99835
Telephone: 747-8234 or 1-800-478-8234
Fax: 747-8224
For more information: