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Questions and Answers on Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility

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DATE: January 31, 2011
SUBJECT: Questions and Answers on Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility
TO: Regional Directors
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
All Regions

This memo contains an attachment of questions and answers on broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE) that are based on inquiries from the states.

As you know, BBCE refers to the policy that makes most, if not all, households categorically eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) because they receive a non-cash Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or maintenance of effort (MOE) funded benefit or service, such as an informational pamphlet or 800-number. We are pleased that almost 40 state agencies have chosen to implement this policy that simplifies the administration of the program and helps low-income families meet their nutritional needs.

We thank you for your efforts to increase the number of state agencies that have adopted BBCE and encourage you to continue promoting this beneficial policy to all your state agencies.

Lizbeth Silbermann
Program Development Division


Page updated: April 05, 2023

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.