Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0030
Community Eligibility Provision Deadlines in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

FNS is establishing a targeted waiver, for all states and local educational agencies, to extend statutory and regulatory deadlines relating to Community Eligibility Provision reporting and election during the public health emergency due to COVID–19.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #82
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0025
WIC 2021-2022 Income Eligibility Guidelines

This memo is inform FNS regional offices and state agencies of the release of the 2021-2022 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Income Eligibility Guidelines. The 2021-2022 Income Eligibility Guidelines are used by state agencies in determining the income eligibility of persons applying to participate in WIC. These income eligibility guidelines are to be used in conjunction with the WIC regulations.

WIC Policy Memorandum: #2021-5
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0024
SFMNP 2021-2022 Income Eligibility Guidelines

This memo is inform FNS regional offices and state agencies of the release of the publication of the 2021-2022 Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Income Eligibility Guidelines. The 2021-2022 Income Eligibility Guidelines are used by state agencies in determining the income eligibility of persons applying to participate in SFMNP. These income eligibility guidelines are to be used in conjunction with the SFMNP regulations

SFMNP Policy Memorandum #2021-1
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0027
Commodity Supplemental Food Program: Income Guidelines for 2021

This memorandum transmits the 2021 Income Guidelines (IGs) for state agencies and ITOs in determining the eligibility of individuals applying to participate in CSFP. These guidelines should be used in conjunction with CSFP regulations, at 7 CFR Part 247, which establish household income limits.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0012
FDPIR Federal Pandemic Unemployment Income Exclusion

On Dec. 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Division N, Title VII, Section 702(d) of this Act excludes federal pandemic unemployment compensation payments authorized under Section 2104 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act; PL 116-136) from consideration as income for the purposes of determining FDPIR eligibility. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0067
Work Requirement Policy Resources

Here are some resources to find out more about SNAP ABAWDs and related information. 

Resource | Regulations
Standard Utility Allowances

States annually update Standard Utility Allowances (SUAs) to reflect changes in utility costs. When determining a household’s eligibility, states consider a household’s total shelter costs, including the cost of utilities. Since actual utility costs are often hard to determine, states can use a SUA, which is the average cost of utilities in the state or local area.  Different states may use different terms to describe these allowances.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0120
Retailer Eligibility - Application of 6 Month Waiting Period

This memorandum clarifies the use of the 6 month waiting period for failing to meet SNAP eligibility requirements under Criterion A or B of program regulations. Section 9(c) of the Food and Nutrition Act and section 278.1(k) of program regulations require firms failing to meet eligibility requirements under Criterion A or B wait a minimum of 6 months before reapplying for SNAP authorization.

SNAP 2020-09
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0119
Retailer Eligibility - Firms Colocated with a Restaurant

This memorandum clarifies policy related to implementation of the final rule, "Enhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program," which amended the definition of "retail food store,"  to say that, when multiple firms operating at the same location meet certain elements, FNS will consider them a single firm when determining eligibility for SNAP authorization.

SNAP 2020-08
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0113
Retailer Eligibility – Need for Access

SNAP regulations provide that the FNS must determine if an applicant firm may be authorized to participate  under "Need for Access" if located in an area with significantly limited access to food and the applicant firm has failed to meet the staple food requirements for eligibility under Criterion A or Criterion B.

RPMD Policy Memorandum 2020-10