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SNAP Recipient Trafficking Prevention Grant

In 2014, the U. S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA-FNS) awarded the Department a two year grant in the amount of 1.4 million dollars toward the development of new processes and procedures in the prevention, investigation, and enforcement of recipient trafficking offenses. Trafficking is the buying, selling, and/or attempt to buy and/or sell SNAP benefits in exchange for money, drugs, guns, ammunition, or any other exchange on value. 

DHS is using the grant award to develop and establish Tennessee’s 21st Century SNAP Program Integrity Model. This model will outline a sustainable plan of continuous improvement and innovation in the prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of SNAP recipient fraud and trafficking.



Fraud is an illegal act in which an individual obtains something of value through willful misrepresentation. SNAP Fraud may include intentional failure to properly report wages, household members, or trafficking of benefits. Trafficking is buying, selling, trading, or attempting to buy, sell, or trade benefits for cash, drugs, weapons, ammunition, or any other non-eligible item.