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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AE32 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Restaurant Meal Program State Agency Annual Plan and Reporting Requirements, Use of Benefits for Purchase of Community Supported Agriculture Shares, and Public Disclosure of Retailer Redemption Data 

Pursuant to changes in the Agriculture Act of 2014, this proposed rule will amend the SNAP regulations by requiring State agencies to submit annual Restaurant Meal Program (RMP) operations plans and reports. It is a goal of the legislation and FNS that State agency operators of the RMP regularly assess programs against need; determine if it is effective at meeting the needs of the elderly, disabled, and homeless; monitor the RMP for possible fraud and abuse; and justify the continued operation of the program. Additionally, pursuant to changes in the Agricultural Act of 2014 at section 4012, SNAP benefits are now allowed to be accepted by agricultural producers who market directly to consumers in advance of food delivery. This proposed rule will codify statutory language that allows SNAP recipients to use their benefits to purchase shares of food from Community Supported Agriculture programs operated by for-profit agricultural producers, as well as nonprofit food buying cooperatives.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 272   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 113-79   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Charles H. Watford
Regulatory Review Specialist
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
1320 Braddock Place,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:703 605-0800

Lynnette M. Thomas
Chief, Planning and Regulatory Affairs Branch
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
3101 Park Center Drive,
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone:703 605-4782