Resource | Policy Memos
Deadline for Issuing a Notice of Adverse Action

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify the meaning of within 10 days.

Resource | Technical Assistance
EBT Request for Proposal Guidance

The purpose of this handbook is to help State Agencies write procurement documents for EBT services.

Resource | Policy Memos
Overuse of the 15 Percent Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) Exemptions by State Agencies

This memo provides guidance to State agencies regarding large grant offset of overused ABAWD funds.

Resource | Research | Participation Rates
Dynamics of Food Stamp Program Participation, 2001-2003

This report provides a comprehensive picture of individuals’ patterns of participation in the Food Stamp Program (FSP) during 2001-2003, a period of steady caseload growth. Based on data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), the research explores reasons that individuals enter and leave the FSP, how long they stay on the program, whether they return to the program after exiting, and what factors distinguish those who make greater use of the FSP than others. The research also examines whether participation patterns in 2001-2003 changed from patterns in the 1990s.

Resource | Research | Participation Rates
Reaching Those in Need: State Food Stamp Participation Rates in 2005

his report – the latest in an annual series – presents estimates of the percentage of eligible persons, by State, who participated in the Food Stamp Program (FSP) in an average month in fiscal year 2005 and in the 2 previous fiscal years. This report also presents estimates of State participation rates for eligible “working poor” individuals (persons in households with earnings) over the same period. Although the FSP provides an important support for working families, the working poor have participated at rates that are substantially below those for all eligible persons. The addition of State-by-State information on participation among the working poor enables a comparison of these rates to the overall participation rates. Nationally, the participation rate among all eligible persons was 65 percent in fiscal year 2005. The participation rate for eligible working poor individuals was 57 percent, a significant difference of 8 percentage points.

Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics
Characteristics of Food Stamp Households: Fiscal Year 2006

On average, about 26.7 million people living in 11.7 million households received food stamps in the United States each month in fiscal year 2006. Food stamp households are a diverse group. Because food stamp benefits are available to most low-income households with few resources, regardless of age, disability status, or family structure, recipients represent a broad cross-section of the Nation's poor. This report provides information about the demographic and economic circumstances of food stamp households in fiscal year 2006. The report draws on data for households participating in the Food Stamp Program under normal rules and thus does not include information about those who received disaster assistance after the Gulf Coast hurricanes in September and October 2005. Annual quality control data used to produce this report can be found using the link below.