The Restaurant Resiliency Program will provide $25 million in grants to emergency food providers, such as soup kitchens, food pantries, and shelters, to purchase meals directly from participating restaurants. Restaurants interested in participating in the program must submit an application online and will need to demonstrate their ability to create meals that meet MyPlate nutritional standards, be current on licensing requirements, and pass health inspections.
Senate Bill S64 will allow homeless, disabled, and elderly New Yorkers who receive SNAP benefits to use their benefits to buy reduced-price meals from participating restaurants. SNAP benefits cannot normally be used to purchase prepared meals from stores or restaurants. The bill requires federal approval from USDA before it can go into effect.