The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s primary anti-hunger program, boosts low-income households’ food purchasing power. SNAP participants buy the food they need, using SNAP benefits, at 260,000 stores throughout the country. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has released a new retailer resource page highlighting the important role that retailers play in every state and congressional district.
Participating retailers include small locally owned businesses as well as national retailer chains. Stores range in size from superstores (such as warehouse clubs and big-box retailers), supermarkets, and grocery stores to corner stores and farmers’ markets. To participate, retailers must stock a prescribed variety of foods and be authorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As a result, SNAP participants can use their benefits in many of the stores and settings available to other consumers, though some communities have few or no authorized retailers.