Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0114
Food Determinations – Eligible Food (Excluding Meal Services)

This memorandum clarifies policy related to "eligible foods," which are foods and other items that may be purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Section 3(k) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the Act) and SNAP regulations at 7 CFR § 271.2 define eligible foods. This memorandum does not address meals that may be purchased with SNAP benefits from firms authorized to serve such meals, although these meals are also eligible foods.

RPMD Policy Memorandum 2020-03
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0113
Retailer Eligibility – Need for Access

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations at 7 CFR § 278.1(b)(6) provide that the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) must determine if an applicant firm may be authorized to participate in SNAP under "Need for Access" if located in an area with significantly limited access to food and the applicant firm has failed to meet the staple food requirements for eligibility under Criterion A or Criterion B.

RPMD Policy Memorandum 2020-10
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0112
Retailer Eligibility - Accessory Foods in Store Eligibility Determinations

This memorandum clarifies policy related to implementation of the final rule, "Enhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)," which amended the definition of "staple food" in SNAP regulations, at 7 CFR § 271.2. Specifically, this memorandum clarifies foods considered "accessory foods," which do not count as staple foods for purposes of determining the eligibility of any firm.

SNAP 2020-05
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0111
Retailer Eligibility - Clarification of Criterion A and Criterion B Requirements

To be SNAP-authorized, a store generally must meet one of two eligibility standards: Criterion A (staple food stock) or Criterion B (staple food sales). Staple foods are the basic food items that make up a significant portion of an individual’s diet and are usually prepared at home and consumed as a major component of a meal.

RPMD Policy Memorandum 2020-04
Resource | Notices
Comment Request - SNAP Store Applications (Forms FNS-252, FNS-252-C, FNS-252-E, FNS-252-FE, FNS-252-R and FNS-252-2)

This notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on the proposed collection. This is a revision of a currently approved collection in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and concerns Retail Store Applications (Forms FNS-252; FNS-252-C, FNS-252-E; FNS-252-FE; FNS-252-R and FNS-252-2).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0069
Retailer Eligibility – Debarment of Disqualified Firms

The purpose of this policy memorandum is to provide guidance regarding the criteria for initiating government-wide debarment actions against retail firms that have been disqualified from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

2018-06
Resource | Notices
Information Collection: Waiver Requests To Offer Incentives to SNAP Recipients at Authorized Stores

This is an existing collection in use without an OMB Control Number in which we are seeking approval to establish a process for SNAP  retailers to request a waiver from the FNS to offer SNAP recipients incentives that encourage them to purchase healthier foods.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Secretary Perdue Strengthens SNAP Employment and Training
Resource | Notices
Assessment of the Collection, Analysis, Validation, and Reporting of SNAP Employment and Training Data

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This collection is a new collection for the assessment of the collection, analysis, validation, and reporting of SNAP E&T data collected by states.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
SNAP at Farmers Markets: Incentives

Webinar: Instituting an incentive program is one approach that farmers markets are using to attract SNAP customers. This webinar will focus on what markets and their partners need to know about incentives, different types of incentives they could offer, and what they would need to do to introduce an Incentive program at their market.