Resistbot Petition: Expand SNAP: Let's Make Food Accessible for All! (Mo. only)

An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures (Mo. only)

Expand SNAP: Let's Make Food Accessible for All!

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I ask you to support SB973 (Mosley) and HB2387 (Mosley). The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or Food Stamps, provides assistance in purchasing food to over 650,000 Missourians every month. Currently, SNAP benefits can only be used to purchase food products that need to be prepared and then consumed at home. Individuals on SNAP cannot purchase hot food at the grocery store or at a restaurant with their benefits. For most, these restrictions work just fine, but for SNAP recipients who are elderly, disabled, or unhoused, not being able to purchase food that is already prepared poses a real challenge. These challenges include: - Some participants have physical barriers to preparing food for themselves. - Some participants struggle to use cooking facilities safely, - Some participants lack access to cooking facilities and, - Some participants lack access to safe and effective food storage. SB 973 and HB2387 would establish a Restaurant Meals Program within the SNAP Program. If passed, these bills would allow, on a very limited basis, households containing certain elderly, disabled, or unhoused individuals the option, in accordance with federal law, to redeem their SNAP benefits at private establishments that contract with the Department to offer meals, including hot food and meals intended for immediate consumption. If this program was implemented in Missouri, only certain households in certain areas of the state would be eligible and those individuals would only be able to use their SNAP benefits at certain restaurants who apply to be a part of the program. Because of the regulations for SNAP users and potential restaurants this would not be a wide spread change in the program, but would truly help those individuals who qualify to access already prepared meals which they desperately need.

▶ Created on March 8 by MO Residents

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