Bill That Extends SNAP Benefits To Restaurants Passes NY’s Assembly

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ALBANY – A bill that would extend SNAP benefits to restaurants in New York has passed the State Assembly.

The new legislation would establish a Restaurant Meals Program as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

This is a federal option through SNAP that allows homeless, disabled, and/or elderly residents who can’t prepare meals for themselves to use their SNAP benefits to purchase lower-cost hot or prepared food at approved restaurants and retailers throughout New York.

Lawmakers say this program is a ‘win-win’ for New York helping to eliminate food insecurities that have increased due to the pandemic.

At the same time, officials say, the program should provide much needed economic support to restaurants and small businesses.


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