Thousands of Alaskans face a dire hunger crisis as they wait months for food stamp benefits, compounded by the pandemic, inflation, and a typhoon that wiped out fish stocks and equipment.
The Alaska Situation
The backlog, which began in August 2022, is particularly concerning for remote communities, including Alaska Native villages, who rely on expensive shipments of food by barge or airplane. Before the backlog, around 13% of the state’s population received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
The situation highlights the challenges of providing basic necessities to isolated communities and emphasizes the need for timely and reliable government assistance.
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