Food Bank of Alaska
Food Bank of Alaska believes that no one deserves to be hungry. Since 1979, we have been securing donated food for nonprofit agencies to distribute to hungry Alaskans.
Women, Infants, Children
(WIC) is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well, learn about good nutrition and stay healthy. WIC checks that can be used to purchase healthy foods such as milk, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans and peas, or peanut butter, information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy, support and information about breastfeeding your baby, help in finding health care and other community services, breast pumps to help support breastfeeding mothers.
Commodity Supplemental Food Programs
Pregnant women, new moms up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to 6 years, and seniors over 60 years who are at or below the CSFP income guidelines or who are already on ATAP, Food Stamps or Medicaid. A monthly package of nutritious foods including canned meat, vegetables, fruit, juice, cheese, milk, cereal, peanut butter or beans, pasta, rice or potatoes. Infants get formula, juice and cereal. You also receive Nutrition Education. When your child ‘graduates’ from WIC at age 5 he or she can be on CSFP for another year, up to age 6. Postpartum women who go off WIC at 6 months can be on CSFP for another 6 months.
Alaska also has a series of food pantries. Find the list by city
The Emergency Food Assistance Program
TEFAP – is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance.
Child Care Assistance Program
The Child Care Assistance Program provides assistance for child care expenses to eligible families that meet the income criteria. Child Care Assistance in Alaska is known as (PASS) “Parents Achieving Self Sufficiency.” The Municipality of Anchorage Child Care Assistance Program offers PASS II and PASS III assistance. The Program provides coverage for children under the age of 13 and children with special needs up to age 19. The PASS 1 program provides child care assistance for families receiving benefits under the Alaska Temporary Assistance Program and is available through the Alaska Public Assistance office at 269-6000.