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Illinois bill would allow SNAP benefits to be used on fast food

This bill could expand what SNAP recipients use their benefits on.

May 15, 2019 - 10:58 am

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) — People who use food stamps in Illinois may soon be able to buy fast food with them.

A House bill that now sits in the Senate would establish the Restaurant Meals Program to permit individuals who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to use their monthly allowance at restaurants.

Under current law, SNAP benefits can only be used at farmers' markets or grocery stores.

SNAP recipients eligible for the potential program are elderly, persons with disabilities, homeless individuals and their spouses.

Arizona and California currently have similar programs.

If the Senate passes it, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker approves, the bill will become law Jan. 1, 2020.

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