From Sen. Bill Wielechowski <[email protected]>
Subject COVID-19 Resources & State Budget Tool
Date December 4, 2020 2:01 AM
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December 3, 2020

Senator
Bill Wielechowski
State Capitol, Rm 9
Juneau, AK 99801
800-550-2435
907-465-2435
[email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
1500 W Benson #315
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-269-0120
Contact My Staff
Sonja Kawasaki
Chief of Staff
Office: 907-465-2435
[email protected]
Nate Graham
Legislative Aide
Office: 907-269-0120
[email protected]
Leighan Gonzales
Legislative Aide
Office: 907-269-0120
[email protected]
Contact Alaska's Federal Delegation
Senator Lisa Murkowski
Phone: 907-271-3735
Website [[link removed]]
Senator Dan Sullivan
Phone: 907-271-5915
Website [[link removed]]
Representative Don Young
Phone: 907-271-5950
Website [[link removed]]
Contact the Governor
Governor Dunleavy's Anchorage office may be reached at 269-7450, or e-mail him
at [email protected] [[link removed]]
Visit the state website
www.alaska.gov [[link removed]]
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Dear Friends & Neighbors,
As the City of Anchorage enters into a 30-day partial shutdown, I wanted to share
some information and resources available to help those in need during this difficult
time.
In addition, as the Alaska Legislature prepares to reconvene for session next month,
the state faces another year of tough challenges. In this newsletter I've provided
a link to a site created by Commonwealth North that I hope you will find helpful
to understanding these challenges and thinking through solutions to our fiscal
problems.
Municipality of Anchorage Pandemic Voucher Program
This week, Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson announced a voucher program to assist
qualified Anchorage individuals and families who need help paying for basic needs
such as for groceries, diapers, medication, and gasoline, during the ongoing pandemic.
Individuals who qualify will be eligible for a $200 one-time voucher, while families
who qualify will be eligible for a $400 one-time voucher.
For more information Please click here for ASSISTANCE [[link removed]].

The Children's Lunchbox
The Children's Lunchbox, a program run by Beans Café, will be providing food boxes
at four distribution sites. Each child under 18 qualifies for a food box and must
be present to receive distribution. The boxes will contain two suppers for each
child present-one for the day of service and one for the following day. The meals
will be provided as grab-and-go boxes in a drive-thru line. Families will also be
able to receive Pantry Boxes of shelf-stable meals for a family of four while supplies
last.
The four distribution sites, dates, and times are:

1. Lighthouse Fellowship, Mon, Wed, Fri, 3-3:45 pm
2. Loussac Place, Mon, Wed, Fri, 3-3:45 pm
3. Spenard Recreation Center, Mon, Wed, Fri, 3-3:45 pm
4. Fairview Recreation Center, Mon, Wed, Fri, 4-4:45 pm
For more information, please click HERE [[link removed]].
Emergency Food Box Distribution
The Food Bank of Alaska will be distributing boxes of The Emergency Food Assistance
Program (TEFAP) at the Tikahtnu Commons (old Sam's Club parking lot) twice weekly
through September 2021. This distribution will take place every Monday and Thursday
from 5:00-7:00 pm. The Food Bank asks participants to please not show up before
4:30 pm.
Registration is required to be filled out once a year and you can do that by clicking
HERE. [[link removed]]
TEFAP Information:

* Mondays & Thursdays from 5:00-7:00 pm
* Drive-through distribution
* One box per family, per week
* Additional box of produce/dairy, milk, and meat provided as well
*Items may vary week to week*
For the full flyer with distribution location map, click HERE [[link removed]].

There have been perfect skiing conditions at Russian Jack Park and
Far North Bicentennial Park
.

Counseling Help for Coping with COVID-19
In addition to its usual counseling services, the UAA Psychological Services Center
(PSC) is offering free telehealth COVID-19 Coping Sessions for people struggling
with sadness, loneliness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, lack of motivation or other
behavioral health issues while dealing with these trying times. The COVID-19 Coping
Session is a free single, one-hour session with a mental health clinician that will
be conducted via Zoom or phone. Call 786-1795 to schedule your COVID-19 Coping Session.
Get Tested for COVID-19, Even if You Do Not Have Symptoms
Do you know if you do not have COVID-19? You can find out for free.
Free testing locations, hours, and days of operation have been expanded in the Municipality
of Anchorage. Go to: anchoragecovidtest.org [[link removed]]
to find a free testing site and pre-register.
The Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Deadline is December 15
If you don't have health insurance and want to take advantage of the federal Affordable
Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace, or you need to renew your Marketplace enrollment,
you can do so today at by clicking HERE [[link removed]].
But don't wait, the deadline is December 15!

Alaska Budget Choices Survey
The upcoming fiscal year's state budget will soon occupy most of our time when the
Legislature heads back to Juneau in January, especially as we navigate the very
real economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a website resource by Commonwealth
North explaining our fiscal circumstances and a tool you can try out to make budget
suggestions that will be sent directly to the Governor and Legislature to help close
our fiscal gap.
Click HERE [[link removed]]
to visit the website.
As always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact my office
at 907-269-0120 or simply reply to this email.
Warmly,
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