Who We Are

The American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) was formed to strengthen the administration and management of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and contribute to the professional development of its members.

Our Purpose

AASD promotes the exchange of experience and knowledge among those agencies of federal, state, and local government administering SNAP by providing expert advice and consultation on SNAP and other income and nutrition assistance issues.


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The National Health & Human Services Summit is May 21-24, 2023 in Baltimore, MD.
The Economic Mobility & Well-Being Annual Conference is August 27-30, 2023 in Long Beach, CA.

APHSA Comment Letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
November 7, 2022

APHSA Comment Letter in response to the CMS Eligibility Rule, focusing on the impacts to SNAP agencies and emphasizing program alignment to reduce burden and confusion for clients and staff.
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Hunger, Nutrition, and Health - APHSA Special Statement and Summary on White House Conference and National Strategy
September 28, 2022

The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health was held on September 28. The Administration released its National Strategy that highlights key proposed actions across policy and practice to meet the goal of ending hunger in America and increasing healthy eating and physical activity by 2030.
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Read APHSA’s summary of key provisions for human services agencies

Latest Resources

APHSA Comment Letter to FNS for 2022-2023 P-EBT Administration (October 14, 2022)
APHSA Comment Letter to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) highlighting the administrative challenges states are facing to implement federal guidance for the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program for school year 2022-2023.
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APHSA Comment Letter: SNAP Revision of Civil Right Data Collection Methods (August 26, 2022)
APHSA letter in response to FNS’s notice of proposed rulemaking on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Revision of Civil Right Data Collection Methods, which would remove visual assignment as a way to collect race and ethnicity data of SNAP applicants.
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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education and Obesity Prevention Grant (SNAP-Ed) National Program Evaluation and Reporting System (N-PEARS) (August 9, 2022)
APHSA letter to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) on the importance of working directly with states and implementing agencies to understand their needs for flexibility and capacity support in the development of the N-PEARS system.
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Early Insights on SNAP Modernization through American Rescue Plan Investments (July 2022)
This brief created along with Urban Institute and Share Our Strength’s Center for Best Practices documents how states are using ARPA funds to improve customer experience, streamline access to benefits and services, and increase efficiency and effectiveness of program administration, sharing findings from a November 2021 survey of state SNAP agencies.
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APHSA Recommendations for the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health (July 2022)
APHSA recommendations to the White House on developing and implementing initiatives that work to reduce hunger and increase health, including policy levers that should be pulled through a racial equity lens in developing the conference content and related policy agenda.
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FNS Consideration of Winnings Threshold in Lottery and Gambling Rule (May 3, 2022)
APHSA Comment letter regarding design and implementation of the Lottery and Gambling Winners Final Rule urging USDA to consider changes within its purview.
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APHSA Joint Comment Letter with NAMD on SNAP PHE Flexibilities (March 14, 2022)
This APHSA Comment Letter to Congress created with the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD)requests that Congress provide Medicaid and SNAP programs with extended flexibilities, sufficient planning time, and adequate resources to smoothly transition out of the public health emergency.
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APHSA Summary of DHS Proposal for New Rule on Public Charge (March 3, 2022)
On February 24, 2022 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility to reconsider public charge grounds of inadmissibility determinations. The proposed rule stands in contrast to the August 2019 Final Rule, and would not consider non-cash benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and most forms of Medicaid when making public charge determinations.
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APHSA Comment Letter on SNAP PHE Flexibilities (March 3, 2022)
This APHSA Comment Letter to Congress requests waiver and staffing flexibilities to assist SNAP agencies in the transition out of the public health emergency.
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