(WBNG) -- Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation Monday that establishes a statewide restaurant meals program as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Hochul said the newly signed legislation will allow the homeless, elderly and disabled to use their SNAP benefits for meals at participating restaurants.
The meals program would allow SNAP recipients to use their benefits for prepared or hot food from restaurants and delis that are participating, once it's approved by the USDA.
Previously, SNAP recipients were unable to use their benefits to buy prepared goods. The Governor's Office said this prevented many, especially the homeless, disabled and elderly, who do not have access to preparing food, from using their SNAP benefits.
In addition to this, Hochul announced the launch of a $25 million Restaurant Resiliency Program that will provide relief for restaurants that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information on the Resiliency Program, go to this link.