Hankerin' for a large pepperoni pizza from 7-Eleven?
Relax, no need to answer that. Just know that if you're ever traipsing through Virginia or Maryland, you can procure a big hot pizza from the grab-and-go chain without paying a dime.
All you need is your SNAP card (i.e., Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or electronic food stamps).
Here's a photo of a 7-Eleven store window reportedly in Virginia:
And one in a 7-Eleven reportedly in Maryland:
SNAP program guidelines are not crystal clear concerning if hot pizza purchases are allowed, although it does say this: "Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:...Hot foods."
TheBlaze received this response from a USDA spokesperson:
“SNAP is intended to help low-income families buy groceries to prepare healthy meals at home. While the retailer practice of selling uncooked pizzas and heating them onsite is technically permissible under current program rules, it is not a business model that USDA supports. In that spirit, USDA is currently gathering input from stakeholders on the kinds of healthy foods that retailers must keep in stock in order to be eligible to redeem taxpayer-funded SNAP benefits.”
TheBlaze left a message at 7-Eleven corporate offices but has not yet received a response.
Some Twitter users weren't happy with this apparent pizza-SNAP card promotion, however the issue is resolved: