Special Disaster Rules for accepting SNAP EBT Benefits for Hot Food Purchases

Due to the severe storms and flooding caused by Hurricane Irma, and effective
immediately, retail food stores licensed by the Food and Nutrition Service to accept
SNAP benefits in the State of Florida may accept SNAP benefits in exchange for
HOT foods and foods intended to be consumed on retailer premises:

These special rules are in effect through September 30, 2017.

When hot foods are purchased with SNAP EBT benefits through September 30, 2017, the purchases are NOT subject to sales tax, as the foods mentioned above are considered SNAP eligible during this period.

We encourage all SNAP authorized retail food stores in the State of Florida to post a special notice in the store letting SNAP customers know that they can use their SNAP EBT benefits to purchase hot foods and, where practical, may remain on the premises to consume those foods.