ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In an attempt to aid those affected by Hurricane Florence, the North Carolina Retailer Merchants Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have released a waiver allowing the sale of hot foods to SNAP participants statewide through October 31.
The press release reads:
“Due to the power outages and displacement from homes caused by Hurricane Florence, and effective immediately, retail food stores licensed by the Food and Nutrition Service and located in the state of North Carolina may accept SNAP benefits in exchange for HOT foods and foods to be intended to be consumed on retailer premises. These special rules are in effect through October 31.”
All SNAP-authorized retail food stores in North Carolina are encouraged to post a special notice in the store letting SNAP customers know that they can use their SNAP EBT benefits to purchase hot foods and, where practical, may remain on the premises to consume those foods.