By Annie Berman and Sean Maguire
Anchorage Daily News 

State trying to fix food stamp delays, acknowledges people get frustrated when they're hungry


February 1, 2023

A month after a major backlog in Alaska’s food stamp application processing surfaced publicly, state officials are scrambling to hire emergency workers to address delays reaching crisis levels for Alaskans who depend on the federal program to feed their families.

Public frustrations have become so high that the state is hiring security guards to protect existing workers, officials with the state’s Department of Health said.

Meanwhile, another hurdle for the understaffed and overwhelmed Alaska Division of Public Assistance lurks around the corner: recertifying Medicaid applications for the firs...

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