The biggest concentration of new enrollees has been among young adults.
Tens of thousands of school-aged children in Alaska are eligible for the pandemic-EBT program. Families now have until the end of September to enroll.
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted some major inequities in the way people shop for groceries.
“We know many, many people are going to lose benefits because of this,” says Cara Durr with the Food Bank of Alaska.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has suspended payments for some recipients of the state’s Senior Benefits Program due to a lack of funding.
The Alaska Division of Public Assistance director says the backlog has been shrinking recently, including a large decrease in the past month.
Jill Yordy has been waiting since January to learn whether her 5-year-old daughter Raven has qualified for Denali KidCare.
Food insecurity is when people don’t have enough to eat – they skip meals or forego other necessities to buy food. It affects about one in seven Alaskans and can cause chronic diseases, depression, anemia and obesity.
Some 34,000 Alaskans are eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits but don’t apply. That’s $65 million from the federal government that’s not getting into local economies.
The new numbers released yesterday include enrollments through the beginning of the month and show a 30% jump since the end of the December.