COVID-19 SNAP Waiver Database: State-by-State Legal Mapping of Waivers

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Description: The COVID-19 SNAP Waiver Database is a collaboration between Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Information is March-June, and does not represent current waiver status. See current waiver status at the FNS website: Data represents standardized extractions of legal information contained within state-level, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) waivers issued due to COVID-19 between March 2020 and June 2020. The data describes state-by-state differences in SNAP program administration for all 50 states, D.C., and two U.S. Territories. The data can be linked to other state-level data sources to analyze how SNAP waivers influence program outcomes and food insecurity during COVID-19.

License: CC-By Attribution 4.0 International


The Problem: SNAP is a USDA program that provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. Due to COVID-19, the USDA has granted states significant program flexibilities and contingencies to best serve program participants. While many resources outline these flexibilities and provide some comparison, we ...


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