Source for 20% of Food Stamps to Farmers Statistic

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Department of Agriculture of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2013-FNS-05664-F
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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the documents, study, or other records that were used to source the following statement:

> These grants increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables to
> SNAP customers and further encourage them to purchase and prepare
> healthy foods for their families using SNAP benefits,” said Concannon.
> “In general, research shows that about 20 cents of every SNAP dollar
> spent on food ends up in the pocket of American farmers. Installing
> wireless technology at farmers markets expands the customer base for
> markets and increases the share of the SNAP dollar that goes directly
> back to local farmers and into local economies.”

This statement was released here:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/pressrelease/2013/fns-000813

Persons in the public affairs office that generated and released this statement should be familiar with where to find the sourcing documentation.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy

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From: Michael Morisy

Hello,

Despite being submitted in May, this request has never been responded to or acknowledged in any way, and thus no case number has been provided. Please acknowledge receipt immediately and assign a case number to this request.

Thank you.

From: McGill, Ashleigh

Good Afternoon,
Please see attached correspondence.
Thank you.

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Good morning,

Your request is being forwarded to Ms. Jennifer Weatherly, FOIA Officer for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Ms. Weatherly's contact information is as follows:

Jennifer Weatherly
FOIA/ PA Officer
Food, Nutrition & Consumer Services
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Alexandria, VA 22302
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I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2013-FNS-05664-F.

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From: FOIA - FNS

Mr. Morisy,
We are having to communicate with the agency who conducted the study for FNS in regards to your request. We are requesting an extension until 11/11/13 to process your request.

Please let me know if you agree to the extension.

Thank you for your understanding.

Jennifer

Jennifer Weatherly
FNS FOIA and Privacy Act Officer
Information Management Branch
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
(703) 605-0773
jennifer.weatherly@fns.usda.gov
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From: FOIA - FNS

Mr. Morisy,
This is in response to the Freedom of Information Act request below for information on the source materials to the press release located at:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/pressrelease/2013/fns-000813

There are two documents that are responsive to the request:

and

Taken together the two documents state that about 20 cents of every SNAP dollar spent on food goes to the American farmer and every new/reduced SNAP dollar increases/decreases net farm receipts by about a nickel. The SNAP Farm Impact document is based on components in the 12-285 Farm Sector impacts document.

The first paragraph on page 2 of the 12-285 Farm Sector impacts document explains the difference in the 20 cent and nickel statistics. When a household receives a new SNAP dollar it reduces some of the cash spent on food to use the cash for some other need. The net increase in food spending is 26 cents. When a SNAP benefit is reduced by a dollar, the household shifts some non-food cash expenditure back to food to soften the food reduction from a dollar to 26 cents. The nickel statistic results from the 20 cents of every dollar spent on food going to the American farmer times 0.26, the portion change in food spending when the SNAP benefit changes by a dollar.

If you have any questions pertaining to this request, please let me know.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Jennifer Weatherly
FNS FOIA and Privacy Act Officer
Information Management Branch
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
(703) 605-0773
jennifer.weatherly@fns.usda.gov
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