Retailer Groups Wary of SNAP Pilots for Restaurants

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Retailers and local growers here are fighting against the expansion of a pilot program that allows recipients of federal food assistance to use their benefits at restaurants — even as similar pilots have been under way on a small scale in some states.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Retailers and local growers here are fighting against the expansion of a pilot program that allows recipients of federal food assistance to use their benefits at restaurants — even as similar pilots have been under way on a small scale in some states.

“Our concern is that the government could make this an island-wide program,” said Manual Ryes, executive director of MIDA (the Puerto Rico grocers’ association), in an interview with SN.

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