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Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy: Foods for the household to eat, such as: -- breads and cereals; -- fruits and vegetables; -- meats, fish and poultry; and -- dairy products. Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy: Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco; Any nonfood items, such as: -- pet foods; -- soaps, paper products; and -- household supplies. Vitamins and medicines. Food that will be eaten in the store. Hot foods.
Through EBT, a recipient uses his/her EBT card to make purchases at participating retailers. Food Stamp benefits can be used only to purchase food items authorized by the USDA's Food Stamp program. Cash benefits may be used to purchase any item at a participating retailer, as well as to obtain cash-back or make a cash withdrawal from a participating ATM.
This bill proposes greater FDA regulatory powers over the national food supply and food providers, namely granting it the authority to regulate how crops are raised and harvested, to quarantine a geographic area, to make warrantless searches of business records, and to establish a national food tracing system. Concurrently, the bill would impose annual registration fees of $500 on all facilities holding, processing, or manufacturing food and require that such facilities also engaged in the transport or packing of food maintain pedigrees of the origin and previous distribution history of the food.