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Fast food restaurants could accept food stamps in Illinois if new bill passes

Will that really improve recipients' lives?

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New legislation heading towards approval in Illinois would allow food stamp recipients to use them at fast food restaurants.

The bill would expand where food stamps could be used to include restaurants, which would might apply to fast food chains like McDonald's.

Such laws are already in place in California and Arizona, where food stamps can be used at places like Subway and Jack in the Box.

Without the new law, food stamp recipients could only use them at grocery stores.

The "Restaurant Meals Program" has already passed the House and is going to the state Senate for consideration. Only restaurants that partnered with the program would be able to accept food stamps.

Also, the program would only apply to the homeless, the elderly, or disabled persons on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the official name for the food stamp program.

The bill would go into effect on the first day of January in 2020 if it is signed into law.

Here's the latest on the Illinois bill:

Food Stamps Could Be Redeemed At Fast Food Restaurants If Illinois Bill Passes

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