Resource | Policy
USDA Listening Session: SNAP Provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) held a listening session regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Farm Bill provisions on March 19, 2019. 181 people registered for the call and 132 people called into the session.

Resource | Infographics
SNAP: Four Steps to Quality Control

All those involved in nutrition assistance programs - at the federal, state and local level - are responsible for good stewardship of tax dollars.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP – Fiscal Year 2019 Cost-of-Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions. Under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 COLAs are effective as of October 1, 2018.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Training and Presentations

The FNS State Systems team has produced a series of training presentations designed to help state agencies understand and comply with the FNS approval process. These eight on-line presentations correspond to FNS Handbook 901, with information on the key documents or phases in the process.

Resource | Policy Memos
Innovation and Evaluation in SNAP Demonstration Projects

To ensure all demonstration projects continue to meet the requirements of the FNA, FNS is undertaking a thoughtful review of active demonstration projects to determine which show potential as program improvements, which necessitate additional innovation or evaluation, and which should be phased-out because they are no longer necessary, do not meet the requirements of the FNA, or do not align with current program goals. This memorandum outlines the approach FNS will begin to take to work with State agencies as they request approval for new demonstration projects or renewal of existing projects, to ensure all active demonstration projects are testing innovative approaches with appropriate evaluations. As part of this effort, FNS will also make strides to move proven concepts from demonstration projects into the regular program through the appropriate policy channel.

Resource | Policy Memos
Special Disaster Rules for Accepting SNAP EBT Benefits for Hot Food Purchases

Due to the power outages, severe flooding and displacements from homes caused by the Kilauea Volcanic Eruption, and effective immediately, retail food stores licensed by the Food and Nutrition Service and located in Hawaii County may accept SNAP benefits in exchange for HOT foods and foods intended to be consumed on retailer premises.

Resource | Policy Memos | 2018-06
Retailer Sanctions – Debarment of Disqualified Firms

This policy memorandum provides guidance regarding the criteria for initiating government-wide debarment actions against retail firms that have been disqualified from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This memorandum also addresses what actions the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) should take if an authorized or applying retail firm or any of its owners are found to have been debarred from non-procurement programs and activities by another Federal agency in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines as found in 2 CFR Parts 180 and 417.

Resource | Policy Memos
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.

Resource | Policy Memos
Food Determinations – Eligible Foods (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.

Resource | Policy Memos
Retailer Eligibility – Need for Access Consideration for Firms that Fail to Meet Criterion A or B

This memorandum clarifies policy related to implementation of the final rule, “Enhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),” which amended SNAP regulations at 7 CFR § 278.1(b)(6) to allow the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to consider whether an applicant firm is located in an area with significantly limited access to food when the applicant firm fails to meet requirements for eligibility under Criterion A or Criterion B, so long as the applicant firm meets all other SNAP authorization requirements. This regulation is known as the need for access provision.