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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Program Administration

FNS issues guidance to support state agencies in operating SNAP. This includes guidance related to:


Newly-released Regulations
Grant Opportunities
Demonstration Projects
Management Evaluations

State Activity Report FY 2009
The data contained herein is state reported data or data calculated from state reported data.

State Activity Report FY 2006
The data contained herein is state reported data or data calculated from state reported data.

FNS 366B- Program Activity Statement

  • Final OMB approved FNS-366B: The final version of the FNS-366B that all states must use to report quarterly data beginning federal FY 2017.
  • FNS-366B instructions: The final OMB approved instructions for use with the FNS-366B.
  • Guide packet: The guide packet describes each change made to the form and provides additional clarification of data elements included in the form.
  • PowerPoint presentation: The presentation can be played as a slide show that includes audio narration, annotation, and automatic slide transitions.
Customer Service
  • Issues with Certification Materials Submission and Instructions: This memo discusses SNAP applications and other documents being sent by clients to the USDA Office of Civil Rights instead of the appropriate state SNAP office. The memo outlines best practices states can use to make submission instructions clearer for clients.
  • State SNAP Interview Toolkit: This toolkit focuses on SNAP interviews, requirements and best practices.
  • SNAP Model Notice Toolkit: A set of tools designed to help SNAP state agencies improve the notices they send to clients.
  • Recertification Toolkit: This toolkit is intended to clarify the steps in the recertification process, identify areas of state flexibility, and help state agencies ensure all households in their SNAP caseload are treated consistently at the time of recertification.
  • Program Access Toolkit: This toolkit covers a range of practices that can be implemented at the local level as well as policies and procedures at the state level.
  • Best Practices for Online SNAP Applications: This guide to improving online applications was developed based on a state-by-state analysis of online SNAP applications conducted in spring 2014.
  • Medical Expenses Handbook: The Guide to the Treatment of Medical Expenses for Elderly or Disabled Household Members examines how eligibility workers verify who qualifies as elderly or disabled for purposes of SNAP, determine allowable medical expenses, calculate the actual deduction, and act on reported changes.
  • Call Center/Contact Center Support for States: Guidance for state agencies in planning the implementation of a call center or contact center. It identifies the key factors state officials need to consider before implementation or modification.
  • Revised Non-Merit System Personnel Guidance for Call Centers
Data Matches and Sharing

Routine Checks with Neighboring States to Prevent Duplicate Participation and Performing Deceased and Prisoner Verification Matches
Addresses concerns regarding individuals receiving SNAP benefits who are not eligible, due to dual participation, because they are deceased or because they are incarcerated.

Transfer of Data Related to the CACFP and SNAP
Guidance on a provision in an interim rule, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); Improving Management and Program Integrity (69 FR 53502), which requires state agencies that administer CACFP to share information with state agencies that administer SNAP, effective April 1, 2005.

Funding and Cost Allocation

FY11 Reporting Expenditures of SNAP Funding in Connection With A-133 Single Audits
This memorandum provides guidance on reporting expenditures of SNAP funds in order to comply with reporting requirements of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133 and OMB guidance implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Bill Clarification to Administrative Funding Question
Questions and answers in response to issues raised by state agencies through various discussions, concerning SNAP funding through the DoD Appropriations Act of 2010 (PL 111-18).

FY12 State Reporting of SNAP Benefits Funding in Connection With A-133 Single Audits
Guidance on reporting expenditures of SNAP funds in compliance with reporting requirements of OMB Circular A-133 and guidance implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

FY14 State Reporting of SNAP Benefits Funding in Connection With A-133 Single Audits

ARRA State Administrative Funding Charts for FY 2010
Communication of allocated funds for FY2010 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

Supplemental Guidance on Cost Allocation for Exchange and Medicaid Information Technology (IT) Systems Questions and Answers
Guidance on federal grants and cooperative agreements that were available to states, without any matching requirements, to fund the planning and establishment costs of exchanges that share services and functionalities with Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), those programs must also pay their share.

Longitudinal Data Project

Longitudinal Data Project (LDP)
Section 4015 of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill), Longitudinal Data for Research, allows states to build research databases using SNAP information. The Longitudinal Data Project (LDP) will establish databases to help support SNAP longitudinal research looking at participation data over time and across state lines. States can find detailed information on this site about the LDP and grant opportunities to support participation.

Other Topics

Fees for Collecting Child Support
Guidance regarding the collection of fees for child support enforcement when there is an issue in interpreting specific provisions of the Food Stamp Act and the Social Security Act. This guidance only concerns individual food stamp recipients who have never received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).