605-4 B.     SUBSISTENCE HUNTING AND FISHING

 

1. Eligibility for Subsistence Hunting and Fishing Provisions

 

Only individuals meeting both of the following criteria may use SNAP benefits to purchase subsistence hunting/fishing equipment:

 

        1. Live in communities in which access to retail stores is difficult; and
           

        2. Rely substantially on hunting and fishing for subsistence.

 

These households may use SNAP benefits to purchase specified subsistence hunting and fishing equipment as defined under subsistence equipment in MS 600-2 at any FNS authorized retail store in Alaska.

 

2. Subsistence Hunting and Fishing Statement

 

To allow fishing and hunting equipment to be purchased with SNAP benefits, the head of household, spouse or authorized representative must state they intend to secure a substantial portion of the household's food by means of subsistence hunting and fishing and agree they do not intend to use subsistence items for commercial purposes.

 

3. Special ID Card for Subsistence Hunting and Fishing

 

Households eligible to use SNAP benefits to purchase hunting and fishing equipment are issued a specially designated SNAP Identification Card.

 

The caseworker can authorize the issuance of a Subsistence Hunting and Fishing ID card by entering a Y in FS SUBSISTENCE ID CARD field on the FSAD screen.

 

4. Ineligible Areas

 

To determine if the community has limited access to retail stores, evaluate whether the community has regular transportation such as paved highway, or scheduled train or ferry service.  The following list includes areas fitting that definition.  Residents in a community included below cannot purchase subsistence hunting/fishing equipment.  Households living in communities not listed or living outside the immediate boundaries of the listed communities should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for eligibility to purchase subsistence hunting/fishing equipment.  The caseworker decision must be documented in the case file.

 

Central:

Anchorage

Big Lake

Chugiak

Eagle River

 

Girdwood

Houston

Mt. View

 

Palmer

Spenard

Sutton

 

Talkeetna

Wasilla

Willow

 

Coastal:

Anchor Point

Cordova

Homer

 

Glennallen

Kenai

Kodiak

 

Moose Pass

Ninilchik

Seldovia

 

Seward

Soldotna

Valdez

 

Northern:

Big Delta

College

Dot Lake

 

Fairbanks

Nenana

Northway

 

North Pole

Tanacross

Tok

 

 

Southeast:

Craig

Haines

Hollis

Hoonah

 

Juneau

Kake

Ketchikan

Klawock

 

Metlakatla

Petersburg

Sitka

Skagway

 

Douglas

Auke Bay

 

 

 

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