41.5 million Americans benefit from food stamps through the SNAP program every month. This helps households feed their families.
In the U.S., this is the biggest program used to help with food insecurity, and now certain areas will accept EBT cards at restaurants.
Low income people and families are able to collect food stamps.
You’ll need to apply in your state of residence.
Every state has different rules and application requirements.
Food stamps and restaurants
The SNAP restaurant meals program is new.
The participating restaurants must offer a discounted meal price.
Prepared, hot meals in stores may not be purchased using food stamps.
States with this SNAP program
There are 8 states that currently allow the program.
The program is available throughout most of Arizona and California.
Hawaii, Michigan, Maryland, and Rhode Island only offer the program in designated counties and cities.
Illinois and New York are working to start the program.
Who can use the program
Only certain recipients can use their EBT card at restaurants.
- Elderly people over age 60
- Homeless people without access to ways for preparing food
- Disabled people who need help or means to prepare food
This is because these people may not have the opportunity to make food the way most recipients can.
Subway and McDonald’s both participate in the program in certain states.
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