Illinois Proposes Bill Allowing SNAP Benefits Used For Fast Food
Illinois lawmakers have proposed a bill that would allow those who receive SNAP benefits to be able to use them on fast food.
The bill is called the Restaurant Meals Programs, bill HB 3343, and would be a part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
If the bill is passed, it would allow only a certain group of recipients to be able to use their monthly purchasing allowance on meals from restaurants.
People over 60, homeless, and people with disabilities would be allowed to use this option.
As of right now, SNAP benefits in Illinois can only be used to purchase food at grocery stores and farmer's markets.
Rep. Sonya Harper, Il-6th District, was the one who filed the bill in February.
If it is passed, the Restaurant Meals Program would start to take effect no later than January 1, 2020.
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