Illinois bill proposes using SNAP benefits for fast food

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A new bill would allow people to use SNAP benefits to buy fast food in Illinois.

The bill, HB 3343​, would create a Restaurant Meals Program as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

If passed, the bill would allow some recipients to use their monthly allowance to purchase meals from restaurants. The option would only be available to people over 60 years old, people with disabilities and homeless people.

SNAP recipients can only use benefits to purchase food at grocery stores or a farmer's market in Illinois right now.

The bill was filed by Rep. Sonya Harper (IL-6th District) in February. It would require the Restaurant Meals Program to take effect no later than January 1, 2020.