Questions? Call ANHC's Outreach Team at (907) 743-7220. They are available to help you apply for benefits!
Last updated: August 4, 2020
Map of hot meal and food pantry distribution sites. (From the Municipality of Anchorage.)
The Children's Lunchbox
Click here for pick up locations and hours.
Food Bank of Alaska
The Emergency Food Assistance Program: The Food Bank of Alaska is distributing one box of food per week per family for those in need. The Food Bank will be distributing these boxes every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. through June 30 in the Tikahtnu Sam's Club Parking Lot (1074 N. Muldoon Rd.). Find more information and register for TEFAP here.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program
WIC provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, nutritious foods, and referrals to other services as needed.
They are currently enrolling families by phone. Call the Anchorage WIC office at (907) 343-4668.
Domestic Violence Resources
While Alaska Job Center Network offices are currently closed, staff members are providing resume and job application assistance over the phone. The main number for all Alaska Job Center locations is 1-877-724-2539.
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is also providing assistance by phone. Their number is (907) 269-3580.
Currently closed: Bean's Cafe and Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission
Bean's Cafe: The Sullivan Arena is operating as temporary homeless shelters in order to provide spacing between clients. Meal service normally provided at Bean's Cafe is now being provided at the Sullivan Arena. Click here for meal times.
Brother Francis Shelter: The Brother Francis Shelter is open to the elderly and individuals with disabilities who do not have housing.
Downtown Hope Center: The Downtown Hope Center is open for meals and as a women's shelter.
These housing assistance agencies have temporarily closed their offices to the public. They are still accepting applications by mail and are available by phone.
Alaska 2-1-1 is a one-stop resource for finding help in your community. It's free, confidential, and available in almost any language. For life challenges and everyday needs, help starts here. They are available to answer your questions about COVID-19 (although they can't provide medical advice). Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221. They are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a week.
Internet Service for Students and Teachers
Find answers to frequently asked questions at Alaska Law Help. Topics include housing and utilities, unemployment, workers' rights, and public benefits.
Mental Health Resources
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Anchorage is offering two online support groups. The meetings are offered at no cost. Pre-registration is required. Learn more here.
Family Support Group for those with a loved one 18 years or older who is experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
Connection Recovery Group for adults who are living with a mental health condition, regardless of diagnosis.
Careline: Alaska's suicide prevention and someone to talk to line.
Call anytime, toll-free: 1-877-266-4357 (HELP)
Text 4help to 839863 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.Tuesday through Saturday
Public assistance lobbies are currently closed to the public. Though the lobbies are closed, staff members are actively processing paperwork and answering phone calls.
Public assistance offices are experiencing a high call volume. This has caused a longer than normal wait time. A staff member will contact you by phone or by mail if more information is needed or to inform you of a decision on your application, renewal, or change.
If you need an interview, a staff member will call you. Please note that the call may appear to be from a restricted line. The staff member will leave a message if you do not answer and call back within 5 minutes.
You may submit paperwork by email or fax, or by mail or in person at either office.
Drop box: 400 Gambell Street
Fax: (907) 269-6520
Drop box: 1251 Muldoon Road, Suite 111B
Fax: (907) 269-0070
SNAP, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance, Adult Public Assistance, and Senior Benefit clients: For all clients, all public assistance benefits programs will be extended an additional six months from their current certification end time. For example, clients whose cases were certified through May are now certified through November. There is no need to submit a recertification form.
Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
Are you self-employed? The CARES act created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to individuals that are self-employed and not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits. The department will begin accepting applications for newly covered small business owners in approximately four weeks. Find more information here.
Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility: Will halt shutoffs as long as the municipality declaration of disaster remains in effect. Website. Customer service: (907) 564-2700.
Chugach Electric. Website. Customer service: (907) 563-7366.
Enstar: Website. Customer service: 1-887-907-9767.
Municipal Light & Power: Will halt shutoffs as long as the municipality declaration of disaster remains in effect. Website. Customer service: (907) 263-5340.