Monday, November 19, 2012

EBT Benefits for Hot Food Purchases

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

United States

Department of

Agriculture


Food and

Nutrition

Service



3101 Park Center Dr

Alexandria, VA

22302-1500

SPECIAL DISASTER RULES

FOR ACCEPTING

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)

EBT BENEFITS

FOR HOT FOOD PURCHASES



Due to Hurricane Sandy, and effective immediately,
retail food stores licensed by the Food and Nutrition Service to accept SNAP benefits in the following counties may accept SNAP benefits in exchange for HOT foods and foods intended to be consumed on retailer premises:

Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex,

Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren


These special rules are in effect through November 30, 2012


When hot foods are purchased with SNAP EBT benefits through November 30, 2012, the purchases are NOT subject to sales tax, as the foods mentioned above are considered SNAP eligible during this period.

We encourage all SNAP authorized retail food stores in the above counties 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.


If you have any questions, please contact the SNAP Retailer Service Center at

877-823-4369.



Thank you for your assistance in aiding those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

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