Summary of COVID-19 SNAP Waivers, Flexibilities, Options & Memos

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This resource briefly describes SNAP waivers and guidance memoranda by USDA-FNS in response to the coronavirus. 


Pandemic response legislation made significant changes to SNAP administration and benefits to quickly provide food to those in need.

The waivers described in this resource are organized by:

  • Recipient Focused:  waivers that increase benefit amount or broaden eligibility requirements
  • Administrative Flexibilities: waivers that provide SNAP agency flexibility in program administration

This was last updated on 9/6/2021.