Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Many convenience stores that are owned and operated by truckstop and travel plaza operators redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. These locations play an important role in the SNAP program, especially in areas where there are few other locations for financially challenged Americans to purchase food.
In 2014, Congress passed legislation that contains several provisions that direct the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to impose additional obligations on retailers that redeem SNAP benefits. Specifically, the legislation requires SNAP retailers to stock greater quantities of food offerings in each of the four “staple” food categories, and further requires retailers to implement point-of-sale technology that is capable of preventing fraudulent transactions. These provisions will not become effective until the USDA finalizes rules implementing them.
NATSO has prepared a compliance guide that contains additional background information on current requirements for SNAP retailers to participate in the program, as well as an overview of the additional requirements that Congress directed USDA to impose. NATSO's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas is available here.
NATSO has also prepared a detailed summary of USDA's proposed rule enhancing the requirements that SNAP retailers must meet
. That summary is available here
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released final regulations governing retailer eligibility for redeeming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The final rules accept many of the arguments that NATSO has made throughout the rulemaking process, both in comments filed with USDA as well as in testimony before the House Agriculture Committee.
- Recent Items
NATSO met with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Nov. 18 to discuss the Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) proposed regulation regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as "food stamps") retailer eligibility requirements. The proposed regulation, which is expected to be finalized in a revised form before the end of the year, would functionally prohibit the convenience stores located within travel plazas from redeeming SNAP benefits.
Nearly 50 members of the U.S. Senate urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack to revise the proposed rule regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, including several changes that have been advocated by NATSO.
NATSO told the Department of Agriculture that its recently proposed rule regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will negatively impact travel plazas that redeem SNAP benefits, and their customers, and should be substantially revised before it is finalized.
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