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

USDA is committed to providing nutrition assistance to hard-hit families across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. In support of President Biden’s call to action on hunger, USDA announced that it is increasing the Pandemic EBT benefit by approximately 15 percent, providing more money for low-income families and millions of children missing meals due to school and child care closures.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance | FNS-GD-2020-0093
SNAP COVID-19 Emergency Allotments Guidance

USDA has issued guidance to states in implementing Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, which provides for the issuance of emergency allotments (supplements) based on a public health emergency declaration by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Public Health Service Act related to an outbreak of COVID-19 when a state has also issued an emergency or disaster declaration.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0058
SNAP - ABAWD Discretionary Exemptions Totals for FY 2021

This memorandum adjusts the total number of exemptions available to each state for FY 2021, as shown in the table on the next page. This includes increases in the number of exemptions available to states in which caseloads increased by more than 10 percent, as described in section 6(o)(6)(F) of the Act.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0053
SNAP Extension of COVID-19 Administrative Flexibilities: May 2021 and Beyond

This memo provides information on how states can request certain SNAP COVID-19 administrative flexibilities beginning May 2021, including information pertaining to certain options allowed under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0050
Pandemic EBT – Summer 2021

In an effort to make the distribution of P-EBT benefits to eligible children as efficient as possible, USDA has developed a simple P-EBT summer plan template. The template allows states to elect a USDA-determined standard benefit that relieves states of the burden of determining their own benefit levels based on state-specific school district calendars.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0127
Temporary Suspension of Claims Collections Guidance

FNS will allow state agencies to suspend SNAP regulations by allowing flexibility in the time frame for establishing or disposing of new claims as well as 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 | Technical Assistance & Guidance | FNS-GD-2020-0095
What is Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)?

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that allows a SNAP participant to pay for food using SNAP benefits. When a participant shops at a SNAP authorized retail store, their SNAP EBT account is debited to reimburse the store for food that was purchased. EBT is in use in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Retailer Requirements to Provide Online Purchasing to SNAP Households

I have provided confirmation in my letter of intent that I understand requirement #3 (a-i) and my website is capable of being updated to meet these requirements.

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-2021-0010
SNAP Longitudinal Data Project Q&As

The attached set of questions and answers addresses inquiries received regarding the SNAP LDP, authorized by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill.