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-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-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 | 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 | 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