Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0093
SNAP COVID-19 Emergency Allotments Guidance

USDA has issued guidance to states in implementing Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, which provides for the issuance of emergency allotments (supplements) based on a public health emergency declaration by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act related to an outbreak of COVID-19 when a state has also issued an emergency or disaster declaration.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0127
Temporary Suspension of Claims Collections Guidance

FNS will allow state agencies to suspend SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.18(d) by allowing flexibility in the time frame for establishing or disposing of new claims as well as SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.18(e)(1) and (e)(5) by not requiring collection of active recoupment of SNAP overpayments, delaying collection on newly established overpayments, and not considering any payments delayed due to this suspension to be delinquent.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0126
SNAP - Waive Fair Hearing Timelines Guidance

As authorized by SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 272.3(c)(1)(i), FNS will allow state agencies flexibility in the time frames for fair hearings in SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.15(c) and (j)(2).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2018-0030
SNAP – Fiscal Year 2019 Cost-of-Living Adjustments

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

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0047
SNAP Fiscal Year 2018 Cost of Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) to the SNAP maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions. Under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 COLAs are effective as of October 1, 2017.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0054
SNAP Fiscal Year 2017 Cost of Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (COLA) to SNAP maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions.  COLAs are effective as of October 1, 2016.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0040
SNAP FY 2016 Cost of Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2016 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, as amended, COLAs are effective as of Oct. 1, 2015.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0054
SNAP Fiscal Year 2015 Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (COLAs)

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2015 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 Oct. 1, 2014.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0071
SNAP - FY 2014 Cost-of-Living Adjustments and ARRA Sunset Impacts on Maximum Allotments for Alaska and Hawaii

SNAP-Fiscal Year 2014 Cost-of-Living Adjustments and ARRA Sunset Impacts on Maximum Allotments for Alaska and Hawaii

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0039
SNAP - Clarification - Issuance of Benefits When Household Is Ineligible in the Initial Month of Application

It has come to our attention that some state agencies are not in compliance with the requirement to issue a household's initial month of benefits within 30 days of the date of application. A survey of a number of states indicates that many state agencies handle initial issuances differently for those households that are determined ineligible for benefits in the month of application (e.g., the household is over income) but eligible for benefits in the subsequent month.