SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Elderly, disabled and homeless families without the ability to prepare their own meals would be able to use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to purchase hot and prepared food under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Theresa Mah, D-Chicago, which recently passed the House of Representatives.

“All families deserve access to the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet,” said Mah. “However, current SNAP rules do not take into account certain barriers that prevent the most vulnerable recipients from safely preparing food at home.”

Mah’s House Bill 3343 allows restaurants and supermarkets that offer pre-made hot food to opt in to the SNAP program. Under the measure, families receiving SNAP benefits who are unable to prepare their own meals at home due to a disability or medical condition, and homeless individuals who lack access to kitchen appliances to safely store and prepare food, would be able to redeem their benefits for a hot meal.

“This legislation provides additional food options to eligible elderly, disabled and homeless families to meet their nutritional needs,” said Mah. “For those who are unable to cook for themselves or have no one to cook for them, access to prepared meals can make all the difference.”

Mah is serving her second term representing the 2nd District, which includes the Chicago neighborhoods of McKinley Park, Pilsen, Chinatown, Bridgeport, Brighton Park and Back of the Yards. For more information, please contact Mah’s district office at 872-281-5775.

Rep Theresa MahRep Theresa Mah

2nd District

Springfield Office: 
244-W Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706
(217) 782-2855
(217) 557-5148 FAX

District Office: 
3520 S. Archer
Suite 1-C
Chicago, IL 60609
(872) 281-5775