Resource | Report
USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food Reports (2011 reports)

The Food Plans represent a nutritious diet at four different cost levels. The nutritional bases of the Food Plans are the 1997-2005 Dietary Reference Intakes, 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and 2005 MyPyramid food intake recommendations. In addition to cost, differences among plans are in specific foods and quantities of foods. Another basis of the Food Plans is that all meals and snacks are prepared at home. For specific foods and quantities of foods in the Food Plans, see Thrifty Food Plan, 2006 (2007) and The Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal Food Plans, 2007 (2007). All four Food Plans are based on 2001-02 data and updated to current dollars by using the Consumer Price Index for specific food items.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0035
Required Reimbursements to Participants in the SNAP E&T Program

FNS closely reviews state spending on the SNAP Employment and Training Program. Recently, we noticed that an increasing number of state agencies do not spend money on allowable participant reimbursements, such as transportation and dependent care.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0055
Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) Annual Review and Adjustment - Option to Postpone Annual Adjustment

This memorandum provides a policy option to states to help soften the impact that reduced SUAs might have on SNAP households in certain state.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0062
FY 2012 Allocations of New 15% Exemptions for Able Bodied Adults without Dependents - Not Adjusted for Carryover

The Food and Nutrition Act restricts the amount of time that able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) may participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to 3 months in a 36-month period, unless the ABAWD meets certain
work requirements or is exempted by the state. SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.24(g) provide each state agency with an annual allocation of exemptions from the work requirements of 7 CFR 273.24 for ABAWDs.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0008
Questions and Answers on Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility

This memo contains an attachment of questions and answers on broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE) that are based on inquiries from the states.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0040
Questions and Answers on Online Applications

This memorandum provides questions and answers about state online application compliance with SNAP regulations. The attachment gives clarification about compliance issues emphasized in the Online Application Review Results and Action Items memorandum issued December 17, 2010.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0057
SNAP - Offering to sell SNAP benefits and/or EBT cards publicly or online

The purpose of this memo is to transmit guidance regarding the sale of, or intent to sell, SNAP benefits and/or Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards in public or online through Web sites and social media such as Craig's List, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, etc. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has reviewed this matter and considers the offer to sell SNAP benefits to be a violation of SNAP regulations, constituting an intentional Program violation (IPV).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0053
Measuring the Timeliness of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Applications for Recertification

Section II(e)(4) of the Food and Nutrition Act of2008 (the Act) entitles Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to a timely recertification and creates a finite period of eligibility. Specifically, the Act requires the State agency to notify the household that its certification period is ending prior to the last month of the certification period. The Act also requires the State agency to provide eligible households with benefits no later than one month after the last allotment was received, provided that the household files a timely re-application and is "found to be still eligible."

Resource | Forms
Report of Commodity Distribution for Disaster Relief

FNS Form 292A is to be used to report Commodity Distribution for Disaster Relief. 

FNS-292A
Resource | Grants
WIC ARRA Funds Awarded - By Project and Line Item

WIC ARRA Funds Awarded - By Project and Line Item.