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WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today helped to kick off the nation's harvest season by announcing nearly $35 million in new funding through four grant programs to support local and regional food systems, including farmers markets. Secretary Vilsack has named strengthening local food systems as one of the four pillars of USDA's efforts to revitalize rural economies and communities.

Special Disaster Rules for Accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) EBT Benefits For Hot Food Purchases

Due to the Butte Fires, and effective immediately, retail food stores licensed by the Food and Nutrition Service to accept SNAP benefits in the following counties may accept SNAP benefits in exchange for HOT foods and foods intended to be consumed on retailer premises:

Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne

These special rules are in effect through November 2, 2015

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The Obama Administration strongly believes that a lapse in funding should not occur. There is enough time for Congress to prevent it. However, without funding from Congress, USDA is required by law to ensure that it does not spend money it doesn’t have. USDA is doing everything it can to notify participants of what those impacts might be.

Last Published: 01/21/2013

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