Solutions & Methodologies

Let's Make it Work

While making an effective issuance and redemption model for nutrition incentives can seem like a daunting task, there have been many work-arounds and solutions created. Some are also currently being tested and programmed to meet the needs of interested retailers.

SNAP Incentive and produce prescription programs function differently and have a different set of requirements for implementation.

SNAP Incentive Solutions and Methodologies (Benefits and Drawbacks)

Ideally a retailer would like to have a model or program available that satisfies the following requirements:

  • Does not require cashier intervention or decision making at issuance or redemption of the incentive.
  • Automatically recognizes a SNAP transaction and automatically triggers incentive issuance either during the current transaction or for redemption during a future purchase.
  • Automatically determines product eligibility for SNAP incentive issuance or redemption.
  • Automatically determines minimum and maximum issuance thresholds.
  • Works in a “mixed-tender transaction” where a customer uses some combination of SNAP, WIC, credit/debit and cash during the same transaction. Must keep WIC & SNAP items separate from respective payment tender, i.e. a WIC item cannot receive a SNAP incentive because they are two separate programs.
  • Satisfies reporting requirements for both the nonprofit/government agency and retailer to maintain program financial integrity

Produce Prescription Solutions and Methodologies (Benefits and Drawbacks)

Produce prescription (PPR) programs differ from SNAP incentive programs in several key ways.

  • PPR participants do not have to make a qualifying purchase to earn the incentive, as they do with SNAP incentive programs.
  • Produce prescriptions are issued by health professionals in standard dollar amounts at regular intervals, and patients are enrolled for period of several months.
  • Less is asked of a retailer’s POS system with PPR programs: the system does not need to recognize the tender used, calculate the benefit earned based on qualifying purchases, or issue the benefit as a discount, digital or paper coupon. This makes the transaction process significantly easier.