Assessing the Feasibility of Implementing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Summary)

Assessing the Feasibility of Implementing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Summary)

Published: Aug 30, 2016
Publisher: Alexandria, VA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
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Assessment of Nutrition Assistance Program Administration, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands

Time frame: 2014-2015

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

Authors

Anne Peterson

Brittany McGill

Betsy Thorn

Brian Estes

Carole Trippe

Bryan Johnson

Ellen Thompson

Errol Baker

This report assesses the CNMI’s capacity to administer SNAP in six key SNAP program areas:
1. Determining household eligibility and benefits
2. Implementing a SNAP eligibility system
3. Issuing benefits through electronic benefit transfer (EBT)
4. Maintaining program integrity
5. Implementing work requirements
6. Paying a share of administrative costs
 
It describes potential barriers to implementing SNAP and modifications that might be needed, and also explores which elements of SNAP could be implemented under the block grant structure.

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