SNAP Technical Assistance Learning Collaborative

SNAP Technical Assistance Learning Collaborative

Project Overview For the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, Insight provided expert technical assistance to selected state agencies administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to improve their internal business processes and performance. As part of this work, a SNAP learning collaborative was formed to promote and support dynamic and interactive engagement[...]

Read More

Reasons for Under Redemption of the WIC Cash-Value Benefit

Project Overview According to the regulations governing the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), participants may purchase fruits and vegetables using a cash-value benefit, or CVB. As of fiscal year 2018, children aged 1 through 5 receive an $8 monthly benefit, and pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women receive an $11 benefit.[...]

Read More

WIC Food Package Costs: 2014

Project Overview The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) helps to safeguard the health of low-income, nutritionally at-risk women, infants, and children up to age 5. The program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education such as breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health and other social services. The U.S. Department of[...]

Read More

WIC Nutrition Risk Assessment Study

Project Overview As part of the certification process for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), WIC staff conduct a comprehensive nutrition assessment of applicants. This nutrition assessment has two purposes: enable WIC staff to (1) determine whether the applicant meets the nutritional risk eligibility requirement, and (2) tailor WIC benefits[...]

Read More

Summer Food Service Program Integrity Study

Project Overview The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) conducts periodic assessments of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to determine if it is at risk for improper payments. This study examines how state agencies administer and provide effective oversight of SFSP to ensure program integrity and identifies challenges faced by those administering, managing, and operating[...]

Read More

SNAP Process Improvement for New Mexico

Project Overview Insight provided technical assistance to the New Mexico Human Services Department Income Support Division to review their SNAP certification documents and notices for compliance with federal program requirements and provide recommendations for notice improvement. The overall goal was to ensure improvements were made, with an expectation of fewer missed interviews and client errors,[...]

Read More

SNAP Certification Notices Technical Assistance for FNS’s Mountain Plains Regional Office

Project Overview Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) certification notices are central to a client’s ability to obtain and maintain SNAP benefits. These notices must give clients enough information to understand the reasons for the state agency’s actions and should be written in easily understandable language. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)[...]

Read More

Assessment of Mandatory E&T Programs

Project Overview The Food Security Act of 1985 established the SNAP E&T (employment and training) Program to help recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) gain the “skills, training, or experience that will increase their ability to obtain regular employment.” While all states must operate a SNAP E&T program, they have flexibility in designing[...]

Read More

Feasibility of Revising the SNAP Quality Control Review Process

Project Overview This study assessed the feasibility of revising the quality control (QC) system for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the current two-tier process to a one-tier federal system. The study identified all processes and components required for a one-tier process, including the procedural, staffing, and organizational changes; the technological infrastructure requirements; access[...]

Read More