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State Options Report

Last Published: 08/16/2016

SNAP’s statutes, regulations, and waivers provide State agencies with various policy options that enable State agencies to adapt their programs to meet the unique needs of States. This flexibility helps States better target benefits to those most in need, streamline program administration and field operations, and coordinate SNAP activities with those of other programs. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) periodically surveys State agencies administering SNAP to determine which options are in use. The results of these surveys have been compiled into the State Options Reports linked below.

The 12th edition of the State Options Report, published on April 15, 2016, reflects the most current information available.  Section one of this report describes each option, providing a list and map of the States that have selected the option. Section two of this report provides a State-by-State summary of the options each agency has chosen. The information about State agency choices among options is subject to frequent change. These changes may be reflected in previous reports, which are also included here for historical reference.  Upcoming editions will reflect future changes in State administration.. The 12th edition reflects options in effect as of October 1, 2015, and covers a range of areas including reporting, simplified methods, and modernization initiatives.