The Alaska Food Coalition (AFC) was founded in 1996, with encouragement from Alaska’s Department of Health and Human Services (now DHSS). The AFC was started as a method to get resources to agencies and village councils who distribute food. The coalition has never been a 501(c) (3), an IRS requirement for most grant applications, but instead has a fiscal agent which can apply for grants on behalf of the AFC. Beans Café was the first fiscal agent; Food Bank of Alaska has been the fiscal agent since 2001. AFC is currently funded through a federal USDA grant, which is administered through the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Assistance. The grant totals $172,700, with an additional $31,838 from Food Bank of Alaska.