(a) Subject to federal approval of the plan for operating the Program, the Department
of Human Services shall establish a Restaurant Meals Program as part of the federal
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Under the Restaurant Meals Program, households containing elderly or disabled members,
and their spouses, as defined in 7 U.S.C. 2012(j), or homeless individuals, as defined in 7 U.S.C. 2012(l), shall have the option in accordance with 7 U.S.C. 2012(k) to redeem their SNAP benefits at private establishments that contract with the Department
to offer meals for eligible individuals at concessional prices subject to 7 U.S.C. 2018(h). The Restaurant Meals Program shall be operational no later than July 1, 2021.
(b) The Department of Human Services shall adopt any rules necessary to implement
the provisions of this Section.
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