USDA wants to prevent use of food stamps at restaurants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently proposed a new rule limiting the use of food stamps, according to The Hill.

The USDA claims many restaurants — specifically pizza places — are participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and allowing customers to use food stamps to buy food.

"Congress specifically did not intend for restaurants to participate," the USDA wrote in its rule in the Federal Register.

Regarding pizza restaurants, the USDA claims they "have been deemed eligible [for SNAP] with pizza as the qualifying staple food based on the primary ingredient (bread)." The restaurants are able to sell cold pizza to customers, heat the pizza and "have ultimately sold hot food from their pizza-restaurant location."

The USDA is proposing 85 percent of a store's food sales should not be "cooked or heated on-site before or after purchase," according to the rule.

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