The USDA's Food Nutrition Service has partially approved the SNAP Hot Foods Waiver for an additional 30 days.
While FNS originally approved the waiver through August 18th, this waiver is now in effect through September 17, 2023.
Please note: Not all counties are included in this extension. ONLY THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES can honor the use of SNAP benefits until October 17th. Caledonia, Chittenden, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor.
Hot foods purchased with SNAP EBT benefits through October 17, 2023 are NOT subject to sales tax, as the foods mentioned above are considered SNAP eligible during this period. This does include cold salad bar items as well.
We encourage all SNAP authorized retail food stores in the above areas 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 the recent severe storms and flooding.