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SNAP Retailer Reminder - Store Inventory & Trafficking

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SNAP Retailers: Do Not Buy Your Store Inventory with SNAP Benefits; This is Trafficking and it is Illegal.

Important SNAP Reminder

Do Not:

  • Buy store inventory that someone originally purchased with SNAP benefits.
  • Pay someone to use their SNAP benefits to buy store inventory.
  • Use someone’s SNAP benefits to buy store inventory.
  • Use your own SNAP benefits to buy store inventory.

If You Traffic:

  • You will no longer be able to accept SNAP benefits at your store.
  • You may face financial penalties.
  • You may face criminal charges.

Protect Your License:

  • Make sure your store inventory was not paid for with SNAP benefits.
  • Know where your store inventory comes from.
  • Only buy your store inventory from trusted suppliers.
  • Follow all SNAP rules.

Report suspicious and fraudulent activity to the USDA Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

If you have questions, please contact the Food and Nutrition Service, SNAP, at:

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SNAP Retailer Notice - Aug. 2022

Page updated: March 25, 2024