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Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0109

State Guidance on Coronavirus P-EBT

USDA is committed to providing nutrition assistance to hard-hit families across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. In support of President Biden’s call to action on hunger, USDA announced that it is increasing the Pandemic EBT benefit by approximately 15 percent, providing more money for low-income families and millions of children missing meals due to school and child care closures.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0119

SNAP Extension of COVID-19 Administrative Flexibilities: January 2022 and Beyond

Provides information on how states can request to implement or extend certain COVID-19 administrative flexibilities beginning on Jan. 1, 2022.

Resource | Policy Memos

Implementation Guidance: Summer 2023 Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural Areas

This memorandum provides guidance on the administration and operation of non-congregate meal service in rural areas during summer 2023 for the Summer Food Service Program and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option. 

SFSP 01-2023, SP 05-2023
Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance | FNS-GD-2020-0093

SNAP COVID-19 Emergency Allotments Guidance

USDA has issued guidance to states in implementing FFCRA of 2020 which provides for the issuance of emergency allotments based on a public health emergency declaration by the Secretary of HHS under 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-2015-0023

Rural Designations in the Summer Food Service Program - Revised

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify guidance on rural designations in the SFSP and highlight the FNS Rural Designation Map, a new tool available to assist state agencies and sponsors in designating sites as rural. This memorandum supersedes SFSP policy memorandum Using Metropolitan Statistical Area Data for Determining Rural Administrative Reimbursements, March 26, 2004.

Resource | Policy Memos

Preparing for Changes in Student Eligibility Following the End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

The rules concerning student eligibility for SNAP are changing due to the lifting of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) on May 11, 2023. To help state agencies prepare for these changes, FNS has consolidated and is sharing existing resources related to student eligibility. 

Resource | Policy Memos

SNAP – Resource Materials and Policy Memos to Support the End of the COVID-19 PHE

FNS is providing a comprehensive list of SNAP resource materials and policy memos to equip state agencies with key information to prepare for the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Resource | Policy Memos

SNAP – Preparing for Reinstatement of the Time Limit for ABAWDs

In preparation for the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency, FNS is sharing critical decision points and important resources state agencies should reference as they plan to reinstate the ABAWD time-limit. 

Resource | Policy Memos

SNAP – Expiration of Program Flexibilities for the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

To help SNAP state agencies prepare for the lifting of the COVID-19 federal public health emergency (PHE) declaration on May 11, 2023, FNS is sharing the enclosed table summarizing the timelines for ending PHE flexibilities. These flexibilities include waivers of SNAP regulations, adjustments of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, temporary changes to eligibility criteria for ABAWDs and students, and the issuance of EAs during the PHE. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0001

SNAP Workload Management Matrix

The Workload Management Matrix provides an overview of available state options, process improvements and administrative and demonstration waivers state agencies may implement to help manage their workload. The strategies in this tool vary in cost and complexity, giving states the option to choose the policy or procedure that addresses their unique circumstances. This updated resource (first shared in 2013) reflects regulatory changes since the first iteration as well as additional tactics state agencies may wish to consider.