Rule would require stores that accept SNAP to carry more varieties of healthy foods – Comment by April 18

Information courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed a new rule designed to give SNAP (food stamp) recipients greater access to healthy food. The proposed rule would require SNAP-authorized retail stores to offer at least seven varieties of qualifying foods in the four food groups for sale on a continuous basis, along with perishable foods in at least three of the four food groups. The rule would also require retailers to stock at least six units of each variety, for a total of at least 168 required food items per store.

To post a comment, visit the Federal Register website here and click the green “Submit a Formal Comment” button at the top right of the page. Comments are due April 18.

For questions or more information, contact Vicky Robinson with the USDA at

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network

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