Alaska Food Stamp Benefits

How Much are the Maximum Alaska Food Stamp Benefits per Household?

If approved, the Alaska Food Stamp Benefit amounts depend on the household size, the amount of the their net income, and residence location.

USDA has maximum food stamp benefit limits per month per household. Limits are updated each fiscal year and published by the federal agency.

The Alaska Food Stamp Benefits program has special rules that allow for higher Food Stamp benefits in Alaska rural areas.

The special rules include the use of the Food Stamp Benefits for purchasing certain hunting and fishing supplies that may help beneficiaries supply food.

Check below what are the maximum food stamp amounts per household for different area locations.

2016 SNAP Alaska Max Food Stamp Benefit (Allotment)

Household SizeUrbanRural 1Rural 2
1$237$302$368
2$435$554$675
3$622$794$966
4$790$1,008$1,227
5$939$1,197$1,457
6$1,127$1,437$1,749
7$1,245$1,588$1,933
8$1,423$1,815$2,209
Add On+$178+$227+$276

Source: USDA, SNAP Maximum Allotments

 

How and Where to Use the Alaska Food Stamp Benefits?

Households and individuals approved for Alaska Food Stamp Benefits receive Alaska Quest Card and account maintained by JPMorgan Electronic Financial Services.

The Quest card is an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that can be used to spend benefits on purchasing food at USDA approved grocery stores and farmers’ markets statewide.

As per federal SNAP rules, the Alaska households recipients of food stamps can use their benefits to buy food and approved non-food items only at Food Stamps authorized stores in State of Alaska.

Food stamps eligible food list includes any food or food product for home consumption and also includes seeds and plants which produce food for consumption by households getting the Food Stamp Benefits.

Alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, as well as non-food items such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, medicines and vitamins, household supplies, and cosmetics are excluded from the list.

There are special rules for Alaska, and they allow households in certain rural areas to use the food stamps for purchasing hunting and fishing supplies.

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