Department of Human Services

Food Stamp Online  Policy Manual

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LEGAL BASIS OF ADMINISTRATION OF THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM

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(1)   The Food Stamp Program is authorized by the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (Title XIII, P.L. 95-113).  Regulations issued pursuant to the Act are contained in 7 CFR Parts 270-282.  The Tennessee Department of Human Services is empowered by Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 14-2204 to comply with any requirement that may be imposed, or opportunity presented, by federal law or regulation for the provision of food stamp benefits to Tennessee’s food stamp applicants and recipients.

 

(2)   The provisions of Title 18 of the United States Code, “Crime and Criminal Procedure” relative to counterfeiting, misuse and alteration of obligations of the United States are applicable to any instrument used to issue food stamp benefits.  Any unauthorized issuance, use, transfer, acquisition, alteration, possession, or presentation of benefits may subject any individual, partnership, cooperation, or other legal entity to prosecution under Sections 15(b) and (c) of the Food Stamp Act or under any other Federal, State, or local law, regulation or ordinance.  Penalties for obtaining and/or redeeming benefits without authority are contained in Tennessee Code Annotated 14-27-114.

 

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