FNS Documents & Resources
In Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) served nearly 6 million households through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). As disaster responses have grown in size and scale in recent years, it is essential that FNS proactively review the D-SNAP Guidance to ensure program integrity remains high while also safeguarding the opportunity to participate for income eligible households.
To complete that review, the FNS Southwest Regional Office convened a State Workgroup comprised of seven state agencies with recent disaster experience to discuss concerns and best practices regarding D-SNAP implementation, program integrity, and program access. State representatives from across the country met with FNS leadership to review current statues, regulatory provisions, and policy guidance concerning D-SNAP, and to provide recommendations to FNS on how to improve the program at state and federal levels.
This policy memorandum outlines the requirements for the revised WIC Advance Planning Document (APD) process and provides additional guidance to State agencies that are interested in the transfer of a SAM system.
FNS is issuing guidance on addressing vulnerable populations in response to State requests to describe lessons learned from recent disasters and practices State agencies can use in planning and implementing D-SNAPs. This memo addresses how States can best serve vulnerable populations in D-SNAP. During fiscal year 2017, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approved seven States to operate the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) in response to natural disasters, providing D-SNAP benefits and supplements to over 3.4 million households. The size and scope of these D-SNAPs, several of which were conducted in major metropolitan areas, presented many challenges, particularly around access for elderly, persons with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations.
Due to the power outages, severe flooding and displacements from homes caused by the Kilauea Volcanic Eruption, and effective immediately, retail food stores licensed by the Food and Nutrition Service and located in Hawaii County may accept SNAP benefits in exchange for HOT foods and foods intended to be consumed on retailer premises.
This memorandum consolidates and clarifies select disaster/emergency policies and procedures applicable to the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
Cancellation of Policy Memoranda FD-063, Household Eligibility Determinations for Disaster or Emergency Evacuees Residing with a Host Family, and FD-072, FDPIR Households Displaced During a Disaster
Policy Memoranda FD-063, Household Eligibility Determinations for Disaster or Emergency Evacuees Residing with a Host Family (dated December 4, 2006), and FD-072, FDPIR Households Displaced During a Disaster (dated February 19, 2008), are cancelled. The guidance provided by these Policy Memoranda has been consolidated and clarified in Policy Memorandum FD-093, Questions and Answers about Disaster Policies and Procedures.