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Purchase Hot Foods with SNAP & DSNAP Benefits

Louisiana recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) can use their benefits to purchase "hot" or prepared foods, following a waiver approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

Hot Food Waiver Extended Through November 2020
  • This waiver applies to “hot food products prepared for immediate consumption” at participating Louisiana retailers where EBT cards are accepted.
    • Normally, recipients could use their benefits to buy prepackaged food items that are meant to be taken home and cooked, but foods prepared and sold to be eaten on the premises would be prohibited.
    • This waiver allows SNAP/DSNAP recipients to use their benefits to buy foods prepared for consumption on the premises at participating Louisiana stores where EBT cards are accepted.
  • Restaurant purchases are still prohibited.
  • The waiver will now last through November 30, 2020. (Had been set to expire Oct. 31.)

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