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SFPM #2019-1: 2019-2020 Income Eligibility Guidelines

This policy memorandum transmits the 2019-2020 Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) for the Senior Farmers’ Market National Program (SFMNP).

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SNAP - Issues with Certification Materials Submission Instructions

This memo discusses SNAP applications and other documents being sent by clients to the USDA Office of Civil Rights instead of the appropriate state SNAP office. The memo outlines best practices states can use to make submission instructions clearer for clients.

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State Agency Requirements for Required and Missing Verification for Regular Initial Applications

FNS is issuing this policy memo in response to inquiries about how state agencies are required to inform households about required and missing verification and how this interacts with other Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) requirements, including whether a state may close a case on the 30th day following application. This memorandum describes how state agencies should inform households about required and missing verification at the time of initial application. Please note this memo only applies to initial applications that are subject to the regular 30-day processing requirements, not those eligible for expedited service.

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Cases of Severely Delayed Certification due to State Agency Fault

This Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) policy memo clarifies the process for calculating restored benefits in SNAP cases in which the application or recertification process of an eligible household has been delayed for more than one year due to State agency fault.

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SNAP Recertification Interview Scheduling Memo

This memorandum clarifies Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) policy regarding recertification interview scheduling.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-135
Revised Policy on Certification Periods for Zero Income Households

This memorandum provides revised policy guidance on certification periods pertaining to zero income households in FDPIR. FNS Handbook 501 provides that households who report zero income month after month must be asked as to how they sustain themselves and other household members. The information provided by the household must be documented in the case file. Per prior policy, households reporting zero income were generally assigned a one- to two- month certification period.

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Clarification of FCEA Certification Provisions Questions and Answers #1

Questions and answers on the FECA certification provisions. 

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Summary of Certification Interview Policy Relevant to Community Partner Interviewer Demonstration Projects

The Food and Nutrition Service has developed the enclosed table, the Summary of Certification Interview Policy, to highlight certification interview policy and help State agencies convey the interview provisions to community-based organizations (CBOs) that participate in Community Partner Interviewer Demonstration Projects.

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SNAP - Handling Multiple Applications Submitted by the Same Household

As more state agencies are able to offer households the option of applying for SNAP benefits online, the occurrence of households filing multiple electronic applications has become a more visible issue. FNS has been asked: must a state agency process each application submitted by a household in the application month, or may the state agency automatically deny the additional applications that follow the initial application submission? The following clarification applies to multiple applications filed in any form during the initial month of application, whether paper or electronic.

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SNAP - Monitoring State Implementation of Certification and Benefit Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) certification provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) go into effect on April 1, 2009.