Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
D-SNAP Resources for State Agencies and Partners

The following documents are located in the Disaster SNAP Guidance and D-SNAP Toolkit, but have been separated out below for convenient access as they are among the most frequently used tools by States during D-SNAP planning, operations, and reporting. Find your Regional Disaster Coordinator on the FNS Regional Offices page.

Resource | History
A Short History of SNAP

939 – The First Food Stamp Program

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP Fiscal Year 2018 Cost of Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2018 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, 2017.

Resource | Regulations
Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Information

We adjust SNAP maximum allotments, deductions, and income eligibility standards at the beginning of each Federal fiscal year. The fiscal year begins on October 1st. The changes are based on changes in the cost of living. Cost of living is the amount of money needed to support a basic standard of living.

Resource | Comment Request
Comments Request - Assessment of the Barriers That Constrain the Adequacy of SNAP Allotments

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is intended to alleviate food insecurity among low-income households. Towards this end, it provides eligible low-income households with a monthly benefit amount (SNAP allotment) based on household size and net income to purchase foods from authorized retailers that can be prepared and eaten at home. SNAP benefits are based on the Thrifty Food Plan, which is intended to be a minimal-cost nutritionally adequate diet, but has been the subject of significant criticism for being inadequate. In 2015, about 53 percent of SNAP households experienced food Start Printed Page 70089insecurity, with about 23 percent of SNAP households experiencing very low food security (or severe food insecurity). While participation in SNAP for about 6 months is associated with decreased food insecurity, it does not guarantee food security or a healthy diet.

Resource | Policy Memos
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
SNAP FY 2016 Cost of Living Adjustments
Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP- Fiscal Year 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