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

Publisher: Alexandria, VA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Aug 30, 2016
Anne Peterson, Brittany McGill, Betsy Thorn, Brian Estes, Carole Trippe, Bryan Johnson, Ellen Thompson, Errol Baker, Jonathan Ladinsky, and Gretchen Rowe

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.