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Alaska: State on SNAP funding amid shutdown: ‘We’re waiting’ (no budget left)
KTVA ^ | Jan 22, 2019

Posted on 01/22/2019 6:58:41 PM PST by 11th_VA

Future federal funding for a key nutritional program helping thousands of Alaskans in need remains in doubt due to the partial government shutdown, according to state authorities.

The state doesn’t have any funds awaiting distribution under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program according to Shawnda O’Brien, director of Alaska's Division of Public Assistance.

SNAP’s latest disbursement, $12 million sent to about 33,000 Alaska households, was originally scheduled to be available by Feb. 1 – but federal officials told the state to issue it prematurely, with the funds released Jan. 20.

“They had to get the money out before the end of January, otherwise it wouldn’t have been available,” O’Brien said.

Beyond this week, however, the state is still waiting to hear about funding for March and beyond of what SNAP’s website under the U.S. Department of Agriculture deems “the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.”

“Unfortunately, that’s pretty much where we’re at,” O’Brien said. “We’re waiting for further information.”

Division staff are participating in regular nationwide teleconferences with USDA officials, hoping to hear word of any change in the program’s status. O’Brien commended program participants for not providing inaccurate details to SNAP’s participants in Alaska.

“Some states are experiencing situations where grocery stores are giving outdated information to people,” O’Brien said. “So far we’ve done a pretty good job of communicating the information to our vendors.”

TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; ebt; shutdown; snap; usda; welfare
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If you’re a walrus, be afraid, be very afraid ...
1 posted on 01/22/2019 6:58:41 PM PST by 11th_VA
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To: 11th_VA

Government workers will take all the free food they can get, before welfare recipients can.

Government workers getting such aid are disgusting.

2 posted on 01/22/2019 7:01:04 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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To: 11th_VA; cracker45; Tainan; Jet Jaguar; SENTINEL; redpoll; ArmyTeach; Eska; hattend; hosepipe; ...

Alaska Ping.

3 posted on 01/22/2019 7:01:13 PM PST by KC_Lion (If you want on First Lady Melania's, Ivanka Trump's or Sarah Palin's Ping Lists, just let me know.)
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To: 11th_VA

Women, Children, and Liquor Stores hardest hit

4 posted on 01/22/2019 7:13:49 PM PST by Trump.Deplorable
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To: 11th_VA

$363 per household per month? One could have steak every night on that budget. Add in the free school breakfast and lunch for the kids, and I’d have trouble getting it all spent each month.

5 posted on 01/22/2019 7:17:28 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Trump.Deplorable

Women, children, boyfriends, sisters, cousins, Whole Foods and other grocery stores hit hardest.

6 posted on 01/22/2019 7:19:34 PM PST by Jane Long (Praise God, from whom ALL blessings flow.)
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To: 11th_VA

Gee, it wasn’t all that long ago that ‘hardy-hearty’ souls were moving to Alaska because they were ‘sharing’ the proceeds from resources etc to the citizenry.

Would be interesting to see the Fed STOP food stamps and turn it over to states.

Maybe then these idiots will ‘rethink’ Government check for all and amnesty and sanctuary for all illegals.

When the citizens of the states have to pony up for all these ‘extras’ they will more than likely make significant changes...

7 posted on 01/22/2019 7:23:48 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98"Getting rich as a Politician means doing something illegal''(trunc) HS Truman)
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To: 11th_VA

“Key Nutritional Program”

They make it sound like they are providing vitamin supplements or something. It’s millions of people who depend on government for their very existence. What could go wrong?

8 posted on 01/22/2019 7:45:10 PM PST by Freedom4US
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To: 11th_VA

Per the SecAg, there is funding for SNAP through February. If states try to terrify recipients by screwing with existing funding, that’s on the states.

9 posted on 01/22/2019 7:49:13 PM PST by mewzilla (Break out the mustard seeds.)
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To: ConservativeMind

Did you mean the workers are disgusting or their getting aid is disgusting?

10 posted on 01/22/2019 7:53:18 PM PST by TexasGator (Z1z)
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To: 11th_VA

Ever hear of hunting and fishing like Sarah Palin’s family does? Or have the Eskimos forgotten how to do anything but swipe their EBT cards?

11 posted on 01/22/2019 7:53:58 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: PAR35
I've never been to Alaska myself, but I understand that food is very expensive in that state. Much of what ordinary Alaskans eat has to be imported at great cost from the lower 48 contiguous states. Already expensive in the major population centers, store-bought food becomes prohibitively costly in the boonies. There's an entire culture built around fishing, trapping, and hunting for basic survival. Furthermore, for reasons plentiful and mysterious, neighboring Canada seems not to export much in the way of num nums to our northernmost state. -_-

Cost of Living in Anchorage, Alaska

12 posted on 01/22/2019 7:59:03 PM PST by Sarcasm Factory
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To: Sarcasm Factory

Yes, but part of the inflation is fueled by the fact that Alaskans all* get Free Money from the state.

fn: *all means those adult Alaskans who have lived in the state for a full calendar year.

13 posted on 01/22/2019 8:10:14 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Jane Long

Forget Walmart. Company with employees on food stamps and also with clients on food stamps....

14 posted on 01/22/2019 8:26:26 PM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security in hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: PAR35

We aren’t the most frugal family, but also not the most outlandish. Normal, I would say.
My family of 5 spends about 1000 per month on groceries up here. Alaska is expensive. We could eat nothing but cheap food all the time, but that isn’t realistic.

15 posted on 01/22/2019 8:33:59 PM PST by vpintheak (Freedom is not equality; and equality is not freedom!)
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To: PAR35
I was under the impression that this "free money" added up to only about $1,000 to $2,000 per Alaskan per year, depending on a rolling history of recent oil prices. Can that be enough to distort food prices so much in an already expensive state? This "free money" must be apportioned over other expenses such as high rents, costly fuel, and exorbitant prices for ordinary household goods. It is to be regretted that I lack the economic background to evaluate the true economic impact of these yearly oil payments.

In any case, I grew curious about the details of agricultural trading between Alaska and Canada and found the following website page:

Alaska-Canada Agricultural Trade

Interestingly, Alaska apparently exports limited amounts of rice, vegetables, and dried fruits to Canada while importing somewhat more dollar value in "food preparations" such as tea substitutes as well as milk and cream substitutes. Alaska also seems to import a fair amount of animal feed and live animals. Huh — you learn something new every day. O_O

16 posted on 01/22/2019 8:37:25 PM PST by Sarcasm Factory
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To: 11th_VA

Damned shame, eh?

17 posted on 01/22/2019 8:51:21 PM PST by glock rocks (... so much win!)
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To: vpintheak

Healthiest food is not the most expensive food.

Your main food ingredient should be from the beans family. Those are high in protein, low in saturated fat and has good amounts of fiber.

Get rid of most red meat from your diet. In my opinion it increases risk of cancers such as prostate, breast, colon and lungs because it is high in saturated fats and cholesterol which causes additional problems like clogging your arteries and cause heart disease.

If you smoke, stop! That will save you enough to buy lot of vegetables, which should be your 2nd most frequent food after the beans.

DO not use refined white rice, use brown rice instead. And eat only whole grain breads and pasta.

Fish & chicken should be your other main source of protein.

If you follow these rules, you are going to save a ton on healthcare, which can’t be cheap in Alaska, either.

18 posted on 01/22/2019 9:00:33 PM PST by entropy12 (One million LEGAL immigrants/year is too many, without vetting for skills, Wealth or English skills.)
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To: entropy12

Fairly met.

19 posted on 01/22/2019 9:46:55 PM PST by onedoug
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To: entropy12; vpintheak

Saturated fat is the most important element of your diet.

The nucleus of every cell is saturated fat. A lack of saturated fat will bring on dementia

Beans are loaded with enzyme inhibitors, which prevent the proper digestion of your food. Only sprouted beans are helpful as food.

Red meat is absolutely necessary for red blood cell production, and has absolutely nothing to do with cancers, which are caused by cronic inflammation, frequently resulting from polyunsaturated oils.

The Ad Council and your doctor are trying to kill you.

20 posted on 01/22/2019 9:59:19 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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