Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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NATSO, SNAP Retailers Oppose Additional Processing Fees

October 6, 2017

NATSO, SNAP Retailers Oppose Additional Processing Fees

NATSO joined eight trade associations representing thousands of food retailers in urging Congress to reject recent proposals to impose new processing and credit card swipe fees on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) authorized retailers as higher costs and administrative complexities threaten their ability to provide affordable food to vulnerable Americans.

Trump Budget Proposes Fee for SNAP Retailers

May 31, 2017

Trump Budget Proposes Fee for SNAP Retailers

In its proposed Budget released on May 23, the Trump Administration proposed an "application fee" for retailers seeking to participate in the SNAP program and redeem SNAP benefits, formerly known as "food stamps." The fee would be paid during the authorization process (or reauthorization process for stores currently participating in the program). Store authorization lasts for several years.

Congress Delays Compliance Date for New SNAP Rules; Revised Rules Coming

May 30, 2017

Congress Delays Compliance Date for New SNAP Rules; Revised Rules Coming

Congress has passed and President Trump has signed legislation containing a provision requiring the Department of Agriculture to rewrite a provision of the SNAP retailer eligibility rule issued in late 2016. That rule's new requirements, which were scheduled to take effect on May 17, 2017, will now be delayed until the Department of Agriculture can rewrite them to comport with Congress's new directives.

New SNAP Retailer Regulations Released -- USDA Accommodates Many Truckstop Industry Concerns

December 8, 2016

New SNAP Retailer Regulations Released -- USDA Accommodates Many Truckstop Industry Concerns

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.

NATSO Meets With OMB to Discuss Pending SNAP Retailer Eligibility Rule

November 21, 2016

NATSO Meets With OMB to Discuss Pending SNAP Retailer Eligibility Rule

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.

Senators Urge USDA to Revise SNAP Rule

August 2, 2016

Senators Urge USDA to Revise SNAP Rule

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 Urges Agriculture Department to Revise SNAP Rule

May 23, 2016

NATSO Urges Agriculture Department to Revise SNAP Rule

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.

NATSO Testifies On SNAP Before House Committee on Agriculture

May 13, 2016

NATSO Testifies On SNAP Before House Committee on Agriculture

The truckstop and travel plaza industry on May 12 testified before Congress on the important role that the industry plays in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), providing a convenient place for economically disadvantaged citizens to purchase food.

May 9, 2016

NATSO to Testify Before House Agriculture Committee on SNAP

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will testify on behalf of NATSO at a Congressional hearing May 12 on the company's experience as a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailer, as well as the negative impact the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new proposed SNAP rule will have on retailers that redeem SNAP benefits.

USDA Extends SNAP Comment Period

April 4, 2016

USDA Extends SNAP Comment Period

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on April 1 announced a 30-day extension to the comment period on its proposed rule that would make it harder for NATSO members to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamp) benefits. Comments are now due by May 18.

Under Fire from Lawmakers, USDA Begins to Walk Back SNAP Proposal

March 18, 2016

Under Fire from Lawmakers, USDA Begins to Walk Back SNAP Proposal

Members of the House Agriculture Committee last week raised concerns with the head of the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which implements the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as "food stamps"), over a recent proposed rule that would make it virtually impossible for most travel centers and convenience stores to redeem SNAP benefits. Many lawmakers brought up the same concerns that NATSO has expressed, and FNS officials acknowledged that the proposal has flaws and needs to be improved.

NATSO Seeks Extension of SNAP Comment Period

March 11, 2016

NATSO Seeks Extension of SNAP Comment Period

NATSO on March 10 asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the comment period on its proposed rule that would make it harder for NATSO members to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamp) benefits.

USDA Official Grilled Over Proposed SNAP Rule

February 29, 2016

USDA Official Grilled Over Proposed SNAP Rule

An official with the Food and Nutrition Service at the federal Department of Agriculture was questioned at a Congressional hearing over the potential unintended consequences of his office's proposed SNAP regulation, which would substantially, and unnecessarily, increase the requirements SNAP retailers must meet.

USDA Proposes New Requirements for SNAP Retailers

February 16, 2016

USDA Proposes New Requirements for SNAP Retailers

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule Feb. 16 that would make it far more difficult for NATSO members to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamp) benefits.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

January 18, 2016

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

On December 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (“USDA”) Food and Nutrition Service (“FNS” or “Agency”) published a final rule altering the eligibility requirements for retailers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP” or “the program”). The final rule contained several substantial improvements over the proposed rule which, if it had been enacted as originally proposed, would have virtually eliminated the truckstop industry from SNAP. NATSO has prepared this compliance guide that contains an overview of the new requirements from the USDA.

NATSO Meets With USDA on SNAP; Proposed Regulations Expected Shortly

January 15, 2016

NATSO Meets With USDA on SNAP; Proposed Regulations Expected Shortly

NATSO recently met with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss an impending rulemaking that will enhance the regulatory obligations that retailers -- particularly travel plazas and convenience stores -- must meet to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

USDA Issues Proposed Regulations on SNAP Program and Dietary Guidelines

January 8, 2016

USDA Issues Proposed Regulations on SNAP Program and Dietary Guidelines

The Obama Administration released new advice about what Americans should eat to stay healthy, as well as a proposed regulation related to the use of photo identification requirements on Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards used for the redemption of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps.

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