At A Glance

Noteworthy Characteristics

  • Provides the location and name of retail markets that accept SNAP.
  • Is the largest retailer locator available online.
  • Can be used to study the food environment for SNAP beneficiaries or areas with SNAP-approved retail markets.



To provide data about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-approved retail markets in the United States (U.S.).

Target Population

SNAP-approved retail markets in the U.S.


Began in 2010. Updated bi-monthly.


Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture


Special Note(s)

SNAP was formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.

The SNAP Retailer Locator allows users to locate a store by street address, city and state, or zip code. The application currently maps more than 200,000 authorized retail locations, including farmers’ markets.


Sample Design

Directory, not a sample.

Source of Information

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is responsible for reviewing and approving applications from retail firms to exchange SNAP benefits for food. To do this, FNS operates a Store Tracking and Redemption System (STARS), which maintains, among other things, store identification and location data. This is the data source for the retailers listed in the SNAP Retailer Locator.

Sample Size

More than 200,000 SNAP-approved retail markets.

Key Variables


NameMethods of Assessment
Latitude / longitudeBased on SNAP records
AddressBased on SNAP records


NameMethods of Assessment
Store NameBased on SNAP records

Data Access and Cost

Data Availability

Obtain data through the SNAP Retailer Locator website. Data are available for download on a state-by-state basis as a comma separated value (CSV) file. The complete national data set can be downloaded as a map file through the Retail Locator website.


Free of charge.


Geocode Variable(s)

Store latitude / longitude, address.

Existing Linkages

These data have been linked to the USDA Food Environment Atlas and

Selected Publications


None noted.



Map files