Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0066
Direct Certification and Zero Benefit Households

Section 9(b)(12)(A)(i) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act restricts categorical eligibility for free school meals based on SNAP participation to children who are members of a household receiving assistance under SNAP. Therefore, a child who is a member of a household that is receiving “zero benefits” from SNAP is not categorically eligible for free meals, unless the child is categorically eligible for another reason.

SP03-2012
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0003
Letter Method for Direct Certification

The purpose of this memorandum is to implement a provision affecting mandatory direct certification for children in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program households.

SP13-2011
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0040
Treatment of Household Members with Voided Puerto Rican Birth Certificates

On Dec. 22, 2009, Puerto Rico passed Law 191 of 2009 that voids all Puerto Rican birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010. Current Puerto Rican birth certificates remain valid until the July I, 2010 effective date of the new law. As a result of this recent legislation, FNS has been asked to provide guidance to state agencies as to the treatment of voided Puerto Rican birth certificates for SNAP purposes.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2010-0024
Treatment of Household Members with Voided Puerto Rican Birth Certificates - Extended Transition Period and Revised Effective Date

On June 21, 2010, Food and Nutrition Service issued policy guidance on how to treat household members whose Puerto Rican birth certificates were voided under Puerto Rico Law 191 of 2009. The SNAP policy was to go into effect July 1, 2010 to coincide with the effective date of the new law.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0019
Impact of the Defense of Marriage Act on Food Stamp Program Eligibility

This memorandum is intended to address the impact of State laws that permit same sex marriages on Food Stamp Program eligibility requirements.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0012
Verification Activities – Reauthorization 2004 Implementation Memo SP-13

This memorandum provides information about implementing requirements concerning confirmation activities, individual review of selected applications and follow-up in relation to verification of households’ eligibility for free or reduced price meals.