Access to affordable food is a challenge in rural Alaska due to many factors including: transportation, storage, restricting hunting and traditional lifeways, and forced dietary assimilation.
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SNAP benefits are one of the ways that the government addresses the problem of food access. Now, they want to roll back SNAP benefits for able-bodied workers. This proposal would hurt grocers and retailers, who benefit from SNAP spending in their stores.
Cutting SNAP doesn’t just take food away from families; it takes away business from local grocers. Additionally, an Alaska Commercial Company reports that in some remote communities they operate in, SNAP makes up 50% of store revenue. Cutting SNAP benefits would in turn reduce available jobs in grocery stores and other important available jobs in rural areas where the majority live below the poverty line.
We are working on a national level to fight for basic protections and access. Read our public comment here.