By Annie Berman
Anchorage Daily News 

Backlog returns for approving food stamp benefits


November 15, 2023

More than a year after the state Department of Public Assistance first fell behind with processing food stamps benefits for thousands of Alaskans, the agency is again reporting lengthy delays for new and returning applicants.

As of late last month, about 6,000 Alaskans who had applied for benefits this summer and fall were waiting on critical food aid from the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which in Alaska are processed and distributed by the Alaska Division of Public Assistance.

The new backlog was created as a result of the state directing the majorit...

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