USDA and Social Security Partner to Strengthen SNAP

The agencies are increasing the cooperation between income assistance and food assistance.

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) has shared the updated memorandum of understanding between the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The two programs renegotiate their memorandum every five years, and this iteration allows cross-enrollment by applicants for both programs digitally through the Social Security Administration (SSA).

“Allowing SSI applicants and recipients to apply for SNAP with SSA prevents applicants from having to provide the same paperwork to multiple offices and reduces burden on state and local administrators,” said Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Deputy Under Secretary Stacy Dean. “We’re continually working to make it easier for all people, but especially vulnerable populations — like adults and children with a disability or blindness and people age 65 or older — to access the nutrition assistance they need and deserve.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Under Secretary Dean as she heads the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services division.
  • For discernment for Secretary Vilsack as he oversees the many agencies within the USDA.
  • For SNAP and FNS officials as they work together to ensure vulnerable Americans receive the assistance they need.

Sources: Department of Agriculture


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