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SNAP – COVID-19 Questions and Answers #1

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DATE: April 11, 2020
SUBJECT: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Questions and Answers, COVID-19, Set #1
TO: All State Agency Directors
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)


On March 18, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This legislation contains several provisions related to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants and program administration in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is grateful for your continued partnership in responding to this emergency and ensuring SNAP households receive the assistance they need. Attached is the first set of questions and answers for SNAP state agencies in response to questions received about this legislation and flexibilities available for program administration during this time.

State agencies should contact their respective FNS regional offices with any questions.


Jessica Shahin
Associate Administrator
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Page updated: November 17, 2021

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.