Author: Randy Alison Aussenberg, Specialist in Nutrition Assistance Policy
SNAP-authorized retailers are stores and markets that are allowed to accept SNAP benefits. Changes in retailer authorization policy can impact a range of SNAP program stakeholders-not only retailers, but also food manufacturers and program participants. Driving the debate over these changes has been the potential impact on smaller retailers. This report will present a brief background on SNAP retailer authorization and related administrative data, a summary of current regulations, the statutory changes enacted in the 2014 farm bill, and the proposed rule’s changes to the current regulations. Finally, this report briefly discusses stakeholder reactions to the proposed rule and related congressional action.