Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0082
SNAP – Adjusting Interview Requirements Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As authorized by section 2302 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, FNS will allow state agencies to make specific adjustments.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0109
State Guidance on Coronavirus Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

P-EBT is part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0190
SNAP - Temporary Increase in Maximum Allotments due to COVID-19 (revised as of 12/28/2020)

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, signed on Dec. 27, 2020, increases SNAP benefits by raising maximum allotments to 115 percent of the June 2020 value of the Thrifty Food Plan. This memorandum provides the revised maximum SNAP allotment amounts by household size for the 48 states and D.C., Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the Virgin Islands. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0005
Use of SNAP Employment and Training Funds for SNAP Recipients Who Are Attending High School

This memo provides guidance on the use of SNAP E&T funds to pay for services for individuals who are attending high school. In most cases, it is likely neither legal nor appropriate to use E&T funds to pay for services for individuals are attending high school. In some instances, however, it is allowed and encouraged to use E&T funds for individuals who are of high school age, such as for individuals aged 16-17 who are subject to SNAP work requirements.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0186
SNAP – Q&As on Quality Control Related Provisions of PL 116-159

FNS is issuing the attached set of questions and answers to address inquiries received about the implementation of QC related provisions in the continuing resolution (PL 116-159) signed into law on Oct. 1, 2020.

Resource | Policy Memos
Pandemic EBT – State Plans for School Year 2020-2021

The Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (P.L. 116-159) extends Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) through the end of September, 2021. That means that P-EBT is now available for all of school year (SY) 2020-2021.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0161
Quality Control Due Date Extension for June 2020 Case Reviews

The Secretary is exercising the option provided in SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 275.21(b)(2) to grant states additional time to dispose of individual QC cases. States will be given an additional 45 days to report the findings of all cases selected for the June 2020 sample month, without the need to provide a separate explanation as required at 7 CFR 275.21(b)(4).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0134
Retailer Eligibility - Prepared Foods and Heated Foods

This memorandum defines heated foods, hot foods, and cold prepared foods in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailer eligibility determinations. Only staple food products are counted toward a firm’s eligibility to participate in SNAP. Heated foods, hot foods, and cold prepared foods are not considered staple foods, and are not counted when determining if a firm meets Criterion A or Criterion B to be eligible to participate in SNAP as an authorized retail food store.

SNAP 2020-06
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0133
SNAP - Fiscal Year 2021 Cost of Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year 2021 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 Oct. 1, 2020.