SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The State of Illinois is considering expanding food stamp use to some restaurants.
Right now, Illinois food stamp recipients can use SNAP benefits at grocery stores, but not restaurants. House Bill 3343, the Restaurant Meals Program, would expand options for those using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) vouchers. It's not clear yet which restaurants would be allowed to accept food stamps.
Right now 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 reportsreports.
If Illinois lawmakers approve House Bill 3343, it would go into effect by January 1, 2020.