Resource | Policy Memos | 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 section 319 of 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-2020-0126
SNAP - Waive Fair Hearing Timelines Guidance

As authorized by SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 272.3(c)(1)(i), FNS will allow state agencies flexibility in the time frames for fair hearings in SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.15(c) and (j)(2).

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-2020-0127
Temporary Suspension of Claims Collections Guidance

FNS will allow state agencies to suspend SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.18(d) by allowing flexibility in the time frame for establishing or disposing of new claims as well as SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.18(e)(1) and (e)(5) 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 | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0109
State Guidance on Coronavirus Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provides the Secretary of Agriculture authority to approve state agency plans for temporary emergency standards of eligibility and levels of benefits under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008. Children who would receive free or reduced price meals under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act if not for the school closure are eligible under this provision. State agencies may submit plans in any case in which a school is closed for at least 5 consecutive days during a public health emergency designation during which the school would otherwise be in session.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0085
SNAP – Questions and Answers on SNAP-Ed Response to COVID-19

FNS is issuing the attached set of questions and answers to address inquiries received about the implementation of SNAP-Ed in response to COVID-19.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0081
SNAP State Options for FY 2020 Management Evaluations Disrupted by COVID-19

Each fiscal year, state SNAP agencies must conduct management evaluations in certain project areas within the state. States must schedule and complete these ME reviews based on the requirements of 7 CFR 275.5(b)(1) and the areas of program operation targeted for the fiscal year by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). However, the COVID-19 public health emergency has disrupted state ME activities.
 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0076
SNAP – Questions and Answers on Quality Control Waiver

The Food and Nutrition Service is issuing the attached set of questions and answers to address inquiries received about the implementation of the April 30, 2020, waiver of March, April and May 2020 SNAP QC reviews. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0057
SNAP – Waiver of Quality Control Reviews for March, April and May 2020 Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency – Blanket Approval

FNS has received multiple requests from state agencies for various QC related flexibilities in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Extensive certification policy waivers have already made normal QC procedures difficult to apply, and FNS has determined that temporarily waiving the QC review is appropriate.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0056
P-EBT/EA Reporting Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers for SNAP state agencies related to the reporting of Pandemic EBT and SNAP Emergency Allotments