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Food stamps: Fast food places accepting SNAP benefits

While millions of Americans collect food stamps to make ends meet, there are some who do not have the access or capability of preparing the food they buy with the benefits.

fast food that can be purchased with EBT cards using food stamps in certain states

This has made it so some states allow recipients to use their SNAP benefits at fast food places where the food is already prepared.

This is part of the restaurant meals program, allowing some EBT cards to be used at these restaurants.

Other states are able to apply to the program through the federal government.


Food stamps: What does it mean when my SNAP application is pending?

Restaurant Meals Program through food stamps

Specific recipients can be allowed to use the program if their state is participating in it.

These people need to show they cannot prepare food for themselves for various reasons to utilize their EBT card at restaurants.

Who can use food stamps at restaurants?

Everyone in the household receiving food stamps needs to meet the at least one of the following criteria

  • Be 60 or older
  • Have a disability
  • Homeless
  • Spouse of a client eligible for this program

Food stamps: Where can I use by EBT card?

Only 6 states offer the program

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia

Illinois is running a pilot program in certain counties.

To qualify, the restaurant needs to request authorization.

New York is waiting on approval for the entire state to participate.


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Fast food restaurants that accept food stamp EBT cards

  • Burger King
  • Denny’s
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Jack in the Box
  • Jamba Juice
  • KFC
  • McDonald’s
  • Papa Murphy’s
  • Popeye’s
  • Pizza Hut
  • Rally’s Hamburgers
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Wendy’s
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