The deadline for applying for funds from FNS/USDA for purchasing wireless point-of-sale (POS) equipment (EBT equipment) is September 30, 2013. Information can be found here – http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ebt/pdfs/fm/FM-update.pdf
Highlights from the document are:
In fiscal year (FY) 2012, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) received $4 million to increase availability of wireless point-of-sale (POS) equipment in farmers’ markets not currently participating in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). FNS is committed to ensuring these funds are used for their intended purpose.
These are two-year funds, and therefore available to States through September 30, 2013, see http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ebt/pdfs/fm/FM-funds.pdf.
United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service Request for Information (RFI): Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Enhancing Retail Food Store Eligibility
Nutrition Act of 2008 (‘‘the Act’’), and Title 7 Parts 271, 274, and 278 of the Code of Federal Regulations (‘‘the regulations’’) provide factors for determining the eligibility of retail food stores to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (‘‘SNAP’’). This notice requests information from any and all interested parties on opportunities to enhance retailer definitions and requirements in a manner that improves access to healthy food choices for SNAP participants as well as program integrity, and ensures that only those retailers that effectuate the purpose of SNAP are authorized to accept benefits. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) considers access to a variety of healthy foods at SNAP retailers to be fundamental to the effectiveness of this critical nutrition assistance program. FNS is requesting information to understand what policy changes and, as needed, statutory changes, should be considered for retailer authorizations. FNS will use this information in determining how to make positive progress in the available healthy choices for program participants at authorized SNAP retail stores.
Dates: To be assured of consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before October 21, 2013.