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Retailer Eligibility – Need for Access Consideration for Firms that Fail to Meet Criterion A or B

Last Published: 01/17/2018

This memorandum clarifies policy related to implementation of the final rule, “Enhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),” which amended SNAP regulations at 7 CFR § 278.1(b)(6) to allow the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to consider whether an applicant firm is located in an area with significantly limited access to food when the applicant firm fails to meet requirements for eligibility under Criterion A or Criterion B, so long as the applicant firm meets all other SNAP authorization requirements. This regulation is known as the need for access provision.

Document #: 
2018-03