Resource | Toolkits
Verification Toolkit

School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are required to verify income for a small percentage of households approved for free or reduced price meals each school year. However, getting households to respond to verification requests can be challenging for SFA staff. If households do not respond, they lose their benefits regardless of their actual eligibility. In addition, the number of approved applications an SFA is required to verify is impacted by the number of responses they were able to obtain the previous year.

Resource | Policy Memos | SFSP06-2015
Categorical Eligibility in the Summer Food Service Program

Parts of this memorandum have been rescinded by SFSP 01-2019: Summer Food Service Program Memoranda Rescission, October 11, 2018. Rescinded policy has been struck through.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Increasing Flexibility for Verification of For-Profit Center Eligibility in the CACFP

This rule would exempt for-profit centers from monthly verification if they annually demonstrate that at least 50 percent of children served are eligible for free and reduced-price meals or benefits under title XX of the Social Security Act, or at least 50 percent of adult participants are eligible for benefits under title XIX or title XX of the Social Security Act.

Resource | Legislation
SNAP Income Eligibility 2019

This insert provides the income and benefit tables effective Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019. The table shows the most you can get each month if you have no income.

Resource | FAQs/Q&As
Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs)

Know the special rules for certain SNAP participants. 

Resource | Regulations
Standard Utility Allowances

States annually update Standard Utility Allowances (SUAs) to reflect changes in utility costs. When determining a household’s eligibility, States consider a household’s total shelter costs, including the cost of utilities. Since actual utility costs are often hard to determine, States can use a SUA, which is the average cost of utilities in the State or local area.   Different States may use different terms to describe these allowances.

Resource | FAQs/Q&As
Elderly Simplified Application Project
Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Income Eligibility Standards

Income eligibility standards are set by law. Gross monthly income limits are set at 130 percent of the poverty level for the household size. Net monthly income limits are set at 100 percent of poverty.

Resource | Policy Memos | 2018-1
WIC 2018-2019 Income eligibility Guidelines