Illinois legislation would allow food stamps to be redeemed at fast food restaurants

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — A new Illinois House bill would allow people to use food stamps to buy fast food.

House Bill 3343 would create a Restaurant Meals Program as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP.) If passed, SNAP recipients would be able to use their monthly allowance to purchase meals from restaurants.

Currently, SNAP benefits can be redeemed at grocery stores or farmer’s markets.

Only the elderly, disabled, homeless people and their spouses, would qualify.

California and Arizona currently have a similar program.

The bill passed the House and is now being considered by the Senate. If signed into law, it would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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