SNAP Retailer Data
The following links provide data regarding SNAP Retailer Management.
Retailer Management Year End Summaries
Retailer Management Annual Reports
On Jan. 19, 2017, you may have been contacted by email, voicemail and/or text because you were a current or former SNAP authorized retailer, who participated between 2005 and the present, and FNS received a request for records that would disclose each of your store’s individual annual SNAP sales (i.e., redemption) amounts.
- FNS noted that this information would be released promptly (i.e., approximately 12 calendar days from the email, voicemail, and/or text) to the public as the result of a court order.
- This notification was provided to your firm to comply with 7 CFR 1.12(d) which requires that the Department provide retailers with notice of the disclosure of annual SNAP redemption data prior to the disclosure date, in order that the matter may be considered for possible judicial intervention.
This release was based on a Nov. 30, 2016, U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota ruling pertaining to whether annual SNAP retailer redemption data should be disclosed to the public. The ruling found in favor of the plaintiff, Argus Leader Media (Argus):
- U.S. District Court decision in favor of Argus
-- Opinion Memorandum
-- Court Order
- USDA FNS decision memo to comply with court order.
- On Jan. 28, 2017, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) filed a motion to intervene, to stay the judgment, and for extension of time to file notice of appeal in the Argus case.
- On Jan. 30, 2017, the Court granted FMI's motion for a stay of the judgment, and granted a 15 day extension for filing of an appeal.
- FMI subsequently filed a timely appeal.
- On May 8, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued an opinion in the Argus Leader Media court case in favor of Argus Leader.
- On August 29, 2018, Justice Gorsuch stayed the Eighth Circuit’s decision in favor of Argus Leader pending the U.S. Supreme Court’s resolution of any petition for certiorari filed by the Food Marketing Institute, which had intervened in the case.
- On October 11, 2018, the Food Marketing Institute petitioned the Supreme Court for review, asking it to overrule the Eighth Circuit’s decision in favor of Argus Leader.
- On January 11, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the Food Marketing Institute’s petition to review the case. Oral arguments were heard on April 22, 2019.
On June 24, 2019, the Supreme Court issued an opinion in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader, reversing the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and remanding for further proceedings consistent with the Court’s opinion that annual redemption amounts from individual retail stores participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from fiscal years 2005 to 2010 are “confidential” within the meaning of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Exemption 4.
If you have additional questions please contact RPMDHQ-Web@fns.usda.gov