Food Assistance Programs

The grocery industry, through direct interaction in our stores and our employees, plays the critical front-line role in the shopping experience of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) customers.

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Families First Coronavirus: Summary of SNAP Provisions


The Families First Coronavirus response bill that President Trump signed into law included several provisions to help individuals and families who rely on federal feeding programs such as SNAP and WIC. We've provided brief descriptions of the provisions and the potential impact they could have on your SNAP shoppers.

SNAP and WIC Blog Posts

COVID-19 - WIC Waivers State by State

USDA FNS has approved waiver requests for all states that have asked to waive select statutory and regulatory requirements. Many of these approved waivers allow for certain food package substitutions as they are consistent with the nutritional basis of the foods normally provided within the food package and justified based upon low stock as a result of increased customer demand during COVID-19. Originally approved through May 31, 2020, USDA FNS has extended all waiver approvals through June 30, 2020. This is for all WIC State agencies that choose to continue operations under their approved waivers. USDA will continue to monitor the public health emergency and will consider subsequent extensions of waiver approvals. Read the extension here.

Here are the following granted WIC Waivers by state: 
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
 Wisconsin
Wyoming
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For questions or more information regarding federal legislation, please contact FMI’s Vice President, Political Affairs, Hannah Walker

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State Questions?

For questions or more information regarding state legislation, please contact FMI's Senior Director of State Government Relations Elizabeth Tansing. 

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SNAP Food Retail Resources

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the food stamp program, has become the largest food assistance program in the United States, serving over 46 million Americans. SNAP benefits are administered jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and state welfare agencies.

COVID-19 - WIC Waivers State by State

USDA FNS has approved waiver requests for all states that have asked to waive select statutory and regulatory requirements. Many of these approved waivers allow for certain food package substitutions as they are consistent with the nutritional basis of the foods normally provided within the food package and justified based upon low stock as a result of increased customer demand during COVID-19. Originally approved through May 31, 2020, USDA FNS has extended all waiver approvals through June 30, 2020. This is for all WIC State agencies that choose to continue operations under their approved waivers. USDA will continue to monitor the public health emergency and will consider subsequent extensions of waiver approvals. Read the extension here.

Here are the following granted WIC Waivers by state: 
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
 Wisconsin
Wyoming

WIC Food Retail Resources

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is another Federal program that ensures women and children in need have access to affordable, quality food and nutrition.

COVID-19 - WIC Waivers State by State

USDA FNS has approved waiver requests for all states that have asked to waive select statutory and regulatory requirements. Many of these approved waivers allow for certain food package substitutions as they are consistent with the nutritional basis of the foods normally provided within the food package and justified based upon low stock as a result of increased customer demand during COVID-19. Originally approved through May 31, 2020, USDA FNS has extended all waiver approvals through June 30, 2020. This is for all WIC State agencies that choose to continue operations under their approved waivers. USDA will continue to monitor the public health emergency and will consider subsequent extensions of waiver approvals. Read the extension here.

Here are the following granted WIC Waivers by state: 
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
 Wisconsin
Wyoming
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The FMI Government Relations Committee reviews, formulates and recommends to the Public Affairs Committee the programs and positions necessary to represent the interests of grocery retailers and wholesalers before the federal and state governments. The Committee recommends priorities and directions for the maximum utilization of FMI's resources and assists in influencing and implementing government relations programs at the national and state levels.

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