Illinois food stamps could be used at fast food restaurants if bill passes

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KWQC) – A bill that has already passed the Illinois House and is now under consideration by the state senate would allow food stamps to be redeemed at some Illinois restaurants.

House Bill 3343, known as the Restaurant Meals Program, would expand the options for those using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) vouchers.

Right now, Illinois food stamp recipients can use SNAP benefits at grocery stores, not restaurants.

It is still undetermined which restaurants would participate in the program if the bill passes.

Only elderly, disabled, or homeless SNAP users and their spouses would be eligible to redeem the benefits at certain eating establishments.

California and Arizona already allow food stamps to be used at restaurants, specifically at Subway and Jack in the Box, Illinois Policy reports reports.

If Illinois lawmakers approve House Bill 3343, it will become law by January 1, 2020.