Due to Hurricane Sandy, 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:
Bronx, Brooklyn (Kings), Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island (Richmond), Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Westchester, Orange, Putnam and Sullivan
These special rules are in effect through Nov. 30, 2012
When hot foods are purchased with SNAP EBT benefits through Nov. 30, 2012, 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 above counties 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.
Thank you for your assistance in aiding those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.