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. 

In December 2016, the Department of Agriculture issued a lengthy rule updating SNAP retailer requirements. NATSO's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas, a detailed summary of that rule and compliance guide for NATSO members is available here

This compliance guide contains additional background information on current requirements for SNAP retailers to participate in the program, as well as an overview of the additional requirements contained in USDA's rulemaking. 

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