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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Program Improvement


For more than 40 years, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has served as the foundation of America’s national nutrition safety net. It is the first line of defense against hunger and offers a powerful tool for improving nutrition among low-income people. SNAP is the federal name for the program. State programs may have different names.

This page is for State and county personnel who are working to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of SNAP in their States If there is something you would like to see on the page, you can email us at

High-Performance Bonuses

USDA Recognizes States for Exceptional Nutrition Assistance Service  

Performance Bonuses by Year:
2011 2010 2009 2008


Payment Accuracy
2011 2010 2009 2008
  Application Processing Timeliness
2011 2010 2009 2008
  Program Access Index             
2011 2010 2009  2008

Final Rule: High Performance  Bonuses


Report: Calculating the Program Access Index: A Step-By-Step Guide 


Memo: Calculating the Program Access Index with the American Community Survey  (Aug. 11, 2006)


    Attachment: Estimating the Number of People in Poverty for the Program
   Access Index: The American Community Survey vs. the Current
   Population Survey

Promising Practices

Program Access Toolkit 2010 – Making program participation accessible to all who are eligible
Outreach - Providing program information to increase access
Payment Accuracy - Ten important practices that improve and sustain payment accuracy
Managing Workload - During time of limited resources and rising caseloads


Combined Application Projects

Combined Application Projects: A Resource Guide (Updated March 2005)

Combined Application Projects: Cost Neutrality Guidance for Project Approval


FY 2012 SNAP Participation Grants

  -- Grant Announcement
FY 11 SNAP Participation Grant Request for Applications Released
  -- Cover Letter
-- Grant Announcement
-- Information on FY 2011 Grant Recipients

FY 10 Increasing SNAP Participation Among the Extra Help Population

  -- Cover Letter
-- Grant Announcement
-- Press Release Announcing Award
-- Information on 2010 Grant Recipients
FY 10 Participation Grant
  -- Cover Letter
-- Grant Announcement
-- Press Release Announcing Award
-- Information on FY 2010 Grant Recipients
FY 09 Participation Grant
  -- Cover Letter
-- Information on FY 2009 Grant Recipients
Summary of Program Participation Grants For FY 2003-2008

Technical Assistance

Call Center / Contact Center Support for States: A Framework and Reference Guide
Improving SNAP Application Forms: An Assessment Guide


Last Modified:  02/07/2013