USDA To Block Food Stamp Use At Restaurants


DECATUR – Going to a restaurant, buying a slice of pizza and paying for it with food stamps may soon come to an end.

The federal government is moving to stop low-income families from using food stamps in restaurants.

USDA is cracking down on restaurants that try to pose as groceries in order to receive payments through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap).

New rules introduced this week would mandate 85% of a store’s food sales not be “cooked or heated on-site before or after purchase.”  The USDA is also requiring stores participating in the SNAP program to offer healthier options.

The USDA is concerned about pizza restaurants which reheat cold pizza to sell to customers.  The USDA says it will take public comment for about 60 days.

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