Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2018-0034
Innovation and Evaluation in SNAP Demonstration Projects

This memorandum outlines the approach FNS will begin to take to work with state agencies as they request approval for new demonstration projects or renewal of existing projects, to ensure all active demonstration projects are testing innovative approaches with appropriate evaluations. 

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 Oct. 1, 2018.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0111
Retailer Eligibility - Clarification of Criterion A and Criterion B Requirements

To be SNAP-authorized, a store generally must meet one of two eligibility standards: Criterion A (staple food stock) or Criterion B (staple food sales). Staple foods are the basic food items that make up a significant portion of an individual’s diet and are usually prepared at home and consumed as a major component of a meal.

RPMD Policy Memorandum 2020-04
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0112
Retailer Eligibility - Accessory Foods in Store Eligibility Determinations

This memorandum clarifies policy related to implementation of the final rule, "Enhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)," which amended the definition of "staple food" in SNAP regulations, at 7 CFR § 271.2. Specifically, this memorandum clarifies foods considered "accessory foods," which do not count as staple foods for purposes of determining the eligibility of any firm.

SNAP 2020-05
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0113
Retailer Eligibility – Need for Access

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations at 7 CFR § 278.1(b)(6) provide that the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) must determine if an applicant firm may be authorized to participate in SNAP 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
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0114
Food Determinations – Eligible Food (Excluding Meal Services)

This memorandum clarifies policy related to "eligible foods," which are foods and other items that may be purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Section 3(k) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the Act) and SNAP regulations at 7 CFR § 271.2 define eligible foods. This memorandum does not address meals that may be purchased with SNAP benefits from firms authorized to serve such meals, although these meals are also eligible foods.

RPMD Policy Memorandum 2020-03
Resource | Policy
Farm Bill

President Trump signs The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill, that reauthorizes the programs administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) through 2023.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0085
2008 Farm Bill

On June 18, 2008, Congress enacted P.L. 110-246, The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (FECA). The law contains various provisions that affect food stamp eligibility, benefits, and program administration.  All provisions related to the Food Stamp Program are effective Oct. 1, 2008.  

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0021
Cancellation of WIC Policy Memorandum #2017-1

WIC Policy Memorandum #2017-1, New MIS Guidelines and Revised Procedures for EBT and MIS Grant Funding, dated Oct. 18, 2016, is cancelled.

WIC 2019-1
Resource | Legislation
Food and Nutrition Act of 2008

FOOD AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2008 
[Public Law 88–525; Enacted Aug. 31, 1964; 78 Stat. 703] 
[As Amended Through P.L. 116–94, Enacted December 20, 2019]

P.L. 88-525