America’s health depends on good nutrition. However, many low-income households need help to have a healthy diet. Each month, millions of low-income Americans – more than half of them children – get help through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Under the program, state and local social services agencies give SNAP benefits to households that qualify. These SNAP benefits – issued through Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) debit cards – can be used to buy food at authorized retail food stores.
SNAP is administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the US Department of Agriculture. FNS licenses authorized retailers to accept SNAP benefits, provides information to retailers, monitors retailers to ensure they are following the rules, and withdraws or disqualifies retailers who no longer qualify to be in the Program or who have broken Program rules.