MSG is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract to design a prospective retailer scoring system for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is intended to provide a nutrition safety net and alleviate food insecurity, along with increasing low-income Americans access to healthy foods. The program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), provides eligible low-income households a monthly benefit amount based on household size and net income to purchase foods from authorized retailers that can be prepared and eaten at home.
Under the current authorization process, retailers must meet several criteria participate in SNAP. Recent changes provided for by the Agricultural Act of 2014 will alter eligibility requirements and may lead to challenges for maintaining the number of SNAP authorized retailers in some areas with limited retail grocery access.MSG is tasked with developing a retailer scoring system for evaluating applications submitted by retailers who may not fully meet the new criteria but who are seeking SNAP authorization or reauthorization in these limited access areas. The scoring system will be used to objectively and inform retailer authorization where access to retailers meeting eligibility requirements may be limited.
In all of its work, MSG strives to bring high quality services to all Americans and those efforts include increased access to nutritious foods in low-income areas. Noted Director of Evaluation Dan Geller, “MSG is proud to support the mission of FNS in developing simple solutions to problems as critical as food access.”