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ISSUE DATE: 06/2017

If an assistance unit is entitled to expedited SNAP benefits, first determine if MFIP can be approved following all MFIP verification requirements within the expedited SNAP processing standards outlined in the SNAP provisions below.

If you can approve MFIP cash and food portion within the expedited SNAP processing standards, issue the cash and food benefits through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), or Rapid Electronic Issuance (REI). Also see 0024.04.06 (Expedited SNAP Issuance).

If you are unable to approve MFIP within the expedited SNAP processing standards, open a SNAP case for the unit. See 0004 (Emergencies), 0004.04 (Emergency Aid Eligibility - SNAP/Expedited Food), 0004.48 (Destitute Units--Migrant/Seasonal Farmworker) for SNAP expedited assistance eligibility.

A unit member is ineligible for the food portion of MFIP for any month in which SNAP benefits have been issued. When you approve the MFIP grant, subtract the amount of the food portion from the grant for any unit member who has already received SNAP benefits. See 0014.06 (Who Must be Excluded From Assistance Unit), 0020.09 (MFIP/DWP Assistance Standards) for determining the food portion when members are ineligible for the food portion only.


No provisions.


Application procedures must identify households eligible for expedited service at the time the household requests SNAP.

Offer an interview to all units who are identified eligible for expedited services on and for the same day that they file an application. If the unit declines the same day interview, or files the application within the last 1/2 hour of the agency business day and an interview is not possible, CASE/NOTE the unit’s decision or agency’s inability to interview at that time. Schedule a phone or in-person interview for the next business day.

If a unit is eligible for expedited service, issue benefits within 5 working days if it is not possible to issue immediately to resolve the food emergency.

If the unit received SNAP in another state in the month of application and there is no eligibility deny benefits for the month of application. Determine eligibility or destitute status for the next month. See 0004.48 (Destitute Units--Migrant/Seasonal Farmworker), 0004.51 (Destitute Units, Eligibility and Benefits), 0011.21 (Receipt of Other Assistance), 0014.03.06 (Determining the SNAP Unit), 0014.06 (Who Must Be Excluded From Assistance Unit),

When units eligible for expedited service apply after the 15th of the month, issue benefits for both months at the same time. This may consist of both a Rapid Electronic Issuance (REI) and an overnight issuance. See 0004.09 (Emergencies - 2nd and 3rd Month Processing).

Assign the longest certification period possible. See 0009.03 (Length of Recertification Periods).

For more information about processing expedited SNAP, see 0004.15 (Emergencies – Postponed Verification Notice) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Resources page.

If the interview does not take place on the date of application or the next business day, interview the unit no later than 6 days from the date of application. In these situations, issue benefits within 24 hours from the date of the interview in order to meet federal regulations.

Process applications and issue benefits no more than 5 days after the date of application for people living in:

Battered women’s shelters.

Drug or alcoholic treatment or rehabilitation centers.

Group living arrangements.

If the 5th day does not fall on a working day, process the application no later than the last working day within the 5-day time frame.


See EGA.


Offer EGA information and the CAF on the same day a person inquires about the program. If an emergency situation is imminent or already present, offer the interview on the same day the unit submits the CAF.

If there is emergent and ongoing need, process the application as soon as possible for ongoing GA eligibility. If there will be a significant delay, EGA may be used for up to 30 days until GA eligibility is determined.


Priority must be given to qualifying the applicant for ongoing GA because any use of EGA counts against the applicant’s 12 month EGA limit and the county’s EGA allocation.

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