Do Not Traffick SNAP Benefits
SNAP Retailer Rules
SNAP customers must use their SNAP EBT benefits to buy SNAP eligible foods or drinks.
It is against the law to give customers cash for SNAP EBT benefits. This is trafficking. It is illegal.
It is against the law to buy store inventory from customers who buy it for you with their SNAP benefits.
This is indirect trafficking. It is illegal.
- Never buy items to sell at your store from someone who buys them for you with their SNAP EBT benefits.
- Do not buy cases of energy drinks, soda or other items from people who offer to sell it to you for a cheap price. Only buy your store inventory from reputable suppliers.
- Save your inventory invoices and receipts.
If you directly or indirectly traffick, your store will be permanently disqualified from SNAP. You may have to pay a big penalty. You could face criminal charges.
SNAP Retailer Responsibilities
As an authorized retailer in the SNAP:
- Only accept SNAP EBT benefits for SNAP eligible food and drink items.
- Train your staff. As the owner, you are responsible for what you do and what all your employees do. Training materials, including a SNAP Retailer Training Guide and Videos, which explain SNAP retailer rules and requirements, are available for you.
- Put up the “Report Abuse” of SNAP poster in your store. It must be where customers and employees can see it.
- Report suspicious activity to the USDA Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
If you have questions, please contact the Food and Nutrition Service, SNAP, at RPMDHQ-Web@fns.usda.gov
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SNAP Retailer Notice - 06/30/2021