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Other Commonly Asked Questions on Coronavirus // The Vulnerable School-Aged and Elderly Population

March 18, 2020

Can individuals use their SNAP (food stamps) for hot meals, drives thru, restaurants, etc.?

Most individuals cannot use their SNAP EBT cards to buy hot or prepared foods. The FNS website offers a list of eligible items here. Some States operate a Restaurant Meals Program, a special State-run program allowing SNAP consumers to purchase restaurant foods at concession prices. Currently, only Arizona and California participate in this program. Additional information can be found here and here.