WASHINGTON – Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney has proposed a SNAP retailer application fee to pay for his proposed cuts to the SNAP program. The applications would be for each location, rather than per company. Based on initial analysis, the fee could range anywhere from $250 to $20,000 per location and would be levied only during the authorization or reauthorization process. Once authorized or reauthorized, store authorization lasts for several years.
Small-format retailers play a vital role in SNAP because they provide critical access to food for SNAP beneficiaries. Any policy that would make it more costly or difficult for small format retailers to participate in SNAP raises concerns because of the access implications for beneficiaries. NACS is examining the administration's policy proposals closely to ensure that small-format stores can easily participate in SNAP, and we will be actively conveying to Congress any issues we determine may exist.
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