USDA Waives SNAP Ban for Hot Foods

SNAP beneficiaries in Florida can purchase hot foods now through September 30.
September 12, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday that due to the severe storms and flooding caused by Hurricane Irma, effective immediately retail food stores licensed by the Food and Nutrition Service to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in the state of Florida may accept SNAP benefits in exchange for hot foods and foods intended to be consumed on retailer premises.

These special rules are in effect through September 30, 2017. USDA advises that when hot foods are purchased with SNAP EBT benefits through September 30, the purchases are NOT subject to sales tax, as the foods mentioned above are considered SNAP eligible during this period.

USDA is encouraging all SNAP authorized retail food stores in the Florida to post a special notice in the store that lets SNAP customers know they can use their SNAP EBT benefits to purchase hot foods and, where practical, may remain on the premises to consume those foods.