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Alaska Disaster Nutrition Assistance

Incident: Typhoon Merbok

Began: Sept. 16, 2022

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • On Oct. 6, 2022, FNS approved the Alaska Department of Health, Division of Public Assistance (DPA) request to waive the 10-day reporting requirement for replacement of food purchased with SNAP benefits that was lost as a result of power outages, coastal sea surge, flood damage, and extreme winds from remnants of Typhoon Merbok that began on Sept. 16, 2022. This waiver applies to the counties of Yukon-Koyukuk, Bethel, Nome, and Kusilvak. The waiver is in effect through Oct. 20, 2022.
  • On Oct. 4, 2022, FNS approved the Alaska Department of Health, Division of Public Assistance (DPA) request to waive the statutory definition of "food" under Section 3(k)(1) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended, and companion regulations at 7 CFR 271.2. The waiver applies to Bethel, Kusilvak, Nome, and Yukon-Koyukuk counties. This waiver approval allows SNAP households to purchase hot foods with SNAP benefits through Nov 4, 2022, in order to increase access to food after severe storms, power outages, flooding, and landslides that began on Sept. 16, 2022. Retailers may need as much as 24-36 hours to make changes that will allow for sale of hot foods


Incident: Situation of Distress- Food Shortage

Began: Aug. 22, 2022

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
  • On Aug. 22, 2022, FNS granted approval for the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development to use USDA Foods from The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to operate disaster household distribution in Teller, Alaska. This request is in response to a situation of distress and food shortage due to the community’s primary subsistence resources, such as reindeer, salmon, and spring birds producing low to zero returns this year, as well as low stock at the community store. The disaster household distribution food package will be provided to 237 individuals beginning on Sept. 1, 2022. The prepacked boxes will be distributed by self-pickup at the local tribal office or through home delivery. The boxes will be household size and each box will contain an allocated number of USDA Foods based on the size of the household. The disaster household package will contain approximately 15 pounds of two proteins, two canned vegetables, and two fruits per individual.


Past Responses
Incident: Alaska Wildfire

July 2019

Child Nutrition Programs
  • On July 18, 2019, FNS approved an Alaska Department of Education and Early Development’s (DEED) request to allow a limited number of Seamless Summer Option and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors to participate in the Food and Nutrition Service SFSP Demonstration Project for non-congregate meal service, due to poor air quality resulting from recent wildfires. DEED is approved to permit up to six SSO and SFSP sponsors and 30 sites to operate non-congregate meal service at outdoor meal or park sites during times of certain documented air quality advisories, as indicated by a metric developed by EPA and CDC equating to very unhealthy or hazardous air quality.
Page updated: June 20, 2023