Hot food waiver for SNAP, DSNAP extended

Debris-lined streets in every direction didn’t break the spirits of friends and neighbors alike, working side by side during cleanup after the flooding. (Photo: Kelly Richard Briggs/Special to The Advertiser)

BATON ROUGE (The Daily Advertiser) — Louisianans who are receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be able to continue purchasing hot food with the program through the end of the year.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services announced Monday that it had received approval for the extension from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. The extension continues through Dec. 31.

Normally, federal regulations define eligible food purchases with SNAP or DSNAP benefits as “any food or food product intended for human consumption except alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and hot foods and hot food products prepared for immediate consumption,” according to a press release from DCFS.

DCFS requested a waiver specific to the exception in the definition of eligible foods in order to allow the purchase of hot foods and hot food products with SNAP benefits to avoid undue hardship for Louisiana residents impacted by the August severe weather and flooding. This waiver has served an estimated 572,064 Louisiana households.

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