If you live in Alaska and would like to find out when your food stamps or cash assistance payment will be deposited onto your Quest EBT Card account, you’ve come to the right place. We have listed below the Alaska EBT Deposit Dates for 2021.
This Post Will Cover:
- Food Stamps Deposit Schedule in Alaska
- Alaska EBT Deposit Dates for 2021
- What Time your Benefits will be Deposited?
- What to do if you didn’t Receive your Food Stamps
- Which Grocery Stores Accept Alaska EBT for Delivery?
- How to get Free Cell Phone With Alaska SNAP Benefits
Food Stamp Deposit Schedule in Alaska
The Alaska EBT Card is a debit-like card that is used to access your monthly food stamp benefits.
Your Alaska SNAP EBT Card can be used to purchase groceries and approved food items at stores and farmers’ markets.
To find out what day you can expect to receive your SNAP benefits on your Alaska EBT Card, check out the Alaska EBT Deposit Dates for 2021 below.
Alaska EBT Deposit Dates for 2021
Here is the Alaska SNAP EBT Deposit Schedule for 2021:
Food Stamps Benefits in Alaska are deposited into EBT Card accounts on the first day of every month.
Once your benefits are deposited into your account, you can begin using them with your Alaska EBT card to purchase eligible food items.
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What time will my Alaska EBT Benefits Be Deposited?
Your Alaska food stamps are deposited into EBT account on your scheduled deposit date every month.
SNAP benefits are available the next day after they are entered into the system if the benefit is for the past month or the current month.
If you do not see the benefits deposited into your account by noon the day after your scheduled date (weekday), then your benefits have stopped.
Keep reading below to find out possible reasons why your EBT benefits may have been discontinued and what you should do.
I Did Not Receive My Alaska Food Stamps This Month
If you did not receive your Alaska food stamps deposit on your EBT Card this month, there may be a reason for that.
In fact, there are three possible reasons why you didn’t receive your monthly SNAP EBT deposit.
3 Reasons You Didn’t Receive your Food Stamps
Here are the reasons why you may not have received your Alaska SNAP benefits this month:
Reason #1 – You didn’t Renew your Benefits
The first reason may be due to failure to renew your benefits on time or submit renewal documentation on time.
Reason #2 – You didn’t meet the Work Requirements
The second reason may be due to the fact that you are classified as an Able-Bodied Adult without Dependents, also known as an ABAWD.
According to the Alaska DHSS, the food stamps program only allows you to receive SNAP benefits for 3 months, every 3 years unless you meet certain work requirements.
If you qualify as an able-bodied adult and do not have children or dependents or a job, your 3-month time period may have expired.
Reason #3 – You have been flagged for Fraud
The third reason may be that your food stamps benefits have been cut off due to suspicion of fraud on your Alaska SNAP EBT account.
If you think your Alaska SNAP account has been flagged for food stamps fraud, please contact your local DHSS office.
They will be able to help you find out why your benefits did not come through this month. To locate the nearest DHSS office, click here.
Which Grocery Stores Accept Alaska EBT for Delivery?
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the federal agency in charge of the SNAP program launched a pilot program in 2017 to allow SNAP EBT benefits to be used online for groceries.
The pilot was initially launched in New York State in April 2019. It expanded next to Washington in January 2020, followed by Alabama, Oregon, and Iowa in early March 2020 and Nebraska on April 1, 2020.
In response to the onset of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the need for social distancing, the USDA worked with States and retailers to rapidly expand the pilot to additional States.
As of October 2021, about 47 states and the District of Columbia are participating in the SNAP online purchasing program, with more retailers added to the program.
Alaska is not yet participating in the Program
Unfortunately, as of October 2021, Alaska is one of three states that are not yet approved to participate in the program.
Given how fast the USDA has been adding states to the program, we expect Alaska to be approved to participate in the program soon.
We will update this post as soon as there is news about when Alaska SNAP recipients can use their EBT cards to purchase food online.
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Free Cell Phones With Alaska SNAP Benefits
Lifeline Service is part of a program that was created by the government to provide discounted or free phone service to income-eligible people.
How to Get Lifeline Phone
There are three steps to getting a Lifeline phone in Alaska.
Step 1: Qualify for Lifeline Program
If you participate in one of the following federal assistance programs, you may be eligible for the Lifeline phone program.
Participation by you or someone else in your household in one of the following federal assistance programs meets the eligibility requirements:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also called Food Stamps
- Medicaid (Medicare is not acceptable)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit Program
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
Step 2: Choose a Lifeline Provider
You have to apply for Lifeline through a Lifeline phone or internet provider in your state. Scroll down below to see the list of Lifeline providers in Alaska.
Step 3: Apply for the Lifeline Program
Ask your Lifeline provider for a Lifeline application. You will need the following information to apply:
What documentation do you need?
Here’s what you need to apply:
- Government Issued Photo ID or Driver’s License.
- One (1) Eligibility Document (like your program award letter)
Lifeline Cell Phone Providers in Alaska
Scroll down below to see the Lifeline program providers in Alaska.
The list for each state is divided into Cell Phone Providers and Home Phone Providers.
You can choose which program to take advantage of, based on your home situation.
However, you can only participate in one program per household.
This means that your lifeline benefits can be used to either get a cell phone service or a home phone.
Cell Phone Services
Below is a list of cell phone providers that participate in the Lifeline program in the state of Alaska.
|Bristol Bay Cellular||800-347-1991|
|Copper Valley Wireless||800-478-6612|
|Cordova Wireless Communications||907-424-2300|
Home Phone Services
Below is a list of home phone providers that participate in the Lifeline program in the state of Alaska.
|Summit Telephone and Telegraph Company|
|TelAlaska’s Mukluk Telephone Company||800-478-7055|
|Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative||800-478-6612|
|Cordova Telephone Cooperative||907-424-2345|
|Alaska Power & Telephone||800-982-0136|
|ADAK Eagle Enterprises, LLC||888-328-4222|
|OTZ Telephone Cooperative||888-449-2411|
|Circle Telephone and Electric||907-773-5500|
|Bristol Bay Telephone||907-246-3403|
|Yukon Telephone Company||800-478-2020|
|Matanuska Telephone Association||800-478-3211|
|United Utilities, Inc.||800-478-2020|
Alaska EBT Deposit Schedule Summary
Here’s the bottom line:
Food Stamps Benefits are deposited onto EBT Card accounts on the first of every month.
If you did not receive your EBT benefits for the month, it could be due to several reasons.
The best course of action is to contact your local DHR office for more information about why you did not get your benefits.
In conclusion, we hope this article on Alaska EBT Deposit Dates was helpful.
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Also, if you have additional questions about the Alaska EBT for food stamps, please leave those in the comments section below. We are here to help you!
Lastly, be sure to check out our other articles about Alaska SNAP & EBT, including:
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How to Check the Balance on Alaska EBT Card