Assessing the Feasibility of Implementing SNAP in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Assessing the Feasibility of Implementing SNAP in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Published: Aug 30, 2016
Publisher: Alexandria, VA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
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Associated Project

Assessment of Nutrition Assistance Program Administration, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands

Time frame: 2014-2015

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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

Key Findings

Key Findings:

  • The Commonwealth and its residents would benefit from having SNAP or a SNAP-like alternative.
  • Implementing SNAP in the Commonwealth would be a time-consuming, resource-intensive process.
  • The estimated cost of implementing SNAP is $4.2 million.
  • Several key challenges, including the Commonwealth’s remove location and uncertain economy, would need to be addressed to meet all SNAP requirements.

This report assesses the Commonwealth’s capacity to administer SNAP in six key areas; describes potential barriers to implementing SNAP and modifications that might be needed; and explores which elements of SNAP could be implemented under the existing block grant structure.

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