Hungry Alaskans deserve better


December 13, 2023

The director of the state agency that manages the food stamp program for tens of thousands of Alaskans says the staff is again overwhelmed with work, delaying benefits for thousands of households by months.

That’s months without the food assistance they need and that most are entitled to receive — all because the state has failed at its job for more than a year.

That’s months relying on friends, family, food banks, or just going without adequate nutrition. It’s not because they did anything wrong. It’s that the state failed to maintain sufficient staffing and failed to respond soo...

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