By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

State food aid distribution underway, but Wrangell food pantries opt out of help


April 12, 2023

Tons of free non-perishables and canned goods are headed to Alaska communities through the Food Bank of Alaska, but Wrangell’s food pantries haven’t signed on to the program.

The town’s largest food pantry at The Salvation Army says it is well stocked with local donations.

After a state agency’s monthslong backlog of processing applications for food stamp benefits left residents throughout Alaska struggling to feed their families, the governor in late February directed $1.7 million to help. The money is intended to stock food pantries, particularly in rural communities, where food prices are a...

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