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These Fast Food Restaurants accept EBT! Get the details here.

Fast food restaurants that accept EBT?! It’s true, folks. This is fresh from the fact-checker! If you’ve ever wondered if you can use your EBT benefits at fast food restaurants, the answer is yes… but only in certain circumstances.

Aaron Lavalllee, communications coordinator for the USDA Office of Communications, wrote:

(The) Restaurant Meal Program has been an option for states — state run, state contracted, state administered — since the 1977 Food Stamp Act. The decision to establish a restaurant meal program is made entirely at the state level.

Most importantly, the ONLY people who qualify are the elderly, disabled, and homeless, as this provision is intended to assist people who are unable to prepare meals at home or in a traditional kitchen setting. This key fact and requirement of the law is mentioned nowhere in your article and we can both agree that with that clarification this story changes drastically.

Since 1977 the decision to establish a restaurant meal program has been made by only a handful of states and because of this participation is very low.

Since the option to offer a Restaurant Meal Program is left to the states, we’ve researched each state to find out if YOU can use your food stamps at local restaurants!

fast food restaurants that accept ebt near me

 

Arizona

Arizona allows disabled, elderly and homeless SNAP recipients to participate in the Restaurant Meals Program.

As of March 2017, you can use your SNAP benefits at the following fast food restaurants that accept EBT:

  • Burger Shoppe (Phoenix)
  • Carls Jr.
  • CiCi’s Pizza (Phoenix)
  • Dairy Queen (Phoenix)
  • Denny’s (Phoenix)
  • Dominos Pizza
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Fat Sub LLC (Lake Havasu City)
  • Golden Corral (Mesa)
  • Gyros & Burgers Restaurant(Glendale)
  • Jack in the Box
  • KFC
  • Moon Light Family Restaurant (Phoenix)
  • Papa Johns Pizza
  • Rally’s Hamburgers (Yuma)
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Take or Bake Pizza (Glendale)

See a list of participating locations
by city on the Arizona DES website!

In order to qualify, every member of the household must meet ONE of the following requirements. Not all household members have to meet the same requirement.

  • Age 60+
  • Homeless (does not have a fixed/regular nighttime residence)
  • Disabled (receiving Social Security, Railroad Retirement benefits, VA or other disability payments)

California

California allows homeless, elderly (60+) and disabled SNAP recipients to participate in the Restaurant Meals Program. To qualify, you must be older than age 60, receive disability benefits or lack steady housing.

If you qualify, you don’t need to apply. Your EBT will be automatically authorized for these purchases. Be sure you tell the cashier you’re using CalFresh benefits so the fast food restaurants that accept EBT know not to charge you any sales or meal taxes!

However, each county determines whether or not that county will participate in this program. If you are not eligible, the transaction will be denied at the point of sale.

The following counties participate (as of April 2017).

Alameda County:

  • Burger King
  • Carl’s Jr
  • Chutney Restaurant
  • El Torero Taqueria
  • Jamba Juice
  • Pizza Hut
  • Subway

 

Los Angeles County:

  • A & T Burgers
  • Ameci Pizza
  • B D Burger
  • B & R’s Old Fashioned Burger
  • Banh Mi Che Cali
  • Bayou Grill
  • Best Burger
  • Big Al’s Pizza
  • Big Daddy’s Restaurant
  • Bobo’s Hamburgers
  • Bonnie B’s Smoking
  • Bravo’s Burger
  • Broadway Food Corner
  • Brother’s BBQ
  • Burger King
  • California Cheeseburgers
  • California Steak & Fries
  • Captain Tony’s Pizza
  • Carl’s Jr.
  • Carnitas Michoacan
  • Carolyn’s Kitchen
  • Ceiba Restaurant
  • Chano’s
  • China Beauty Food Express
  • China Lee Chinese Fast Food
  • China Star Express
  • China Way Restaurant
  • Chinatown Express
  • Church’s Chicken
  • Chris Burger
  • Cliff’s Texas Style Burritos
  • Corner Cafe
  • Cypress Best Burgers
  • D’s Original Take Out Grill
  • Del Taco
  • Delta Pride Fish Co.
  • Denny’s
  • Dino’s Burgers
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Downtown Catch 21
  • Dragon Loco
  • El Pollo Loco
  • El Sabsabor
  • El Zunzai Pupuseria
  • Fabulous Grill
  • Flames X-Press Charboiled Burgers
  • Food for Life Inc.
  • Food for You Market & Restaurant
  • Fresh & Meaty Burgers
  • Fried Down Home Burger
  • Golden Bird
  • Golden Seafood Express & Hamburger
  • Good Day Donuts & Mini Mart
  • Goody’s Pizza
  • Grandma’s Chicken
  • Great Steaks
  • Hong Kong Express
  • House of Edaw
  • Ichibang Teriyaki
  • J & J BBQ Fish
  • Jack in the Box
  • James Fish Market
  • Jim’s Burger
  • John’s Burgers
  • KFC
  • King Fish Market
  • La Pizza Loca
  • Laventina’s Pizza
  • Little Caesar’s Pizza
  • Louis Place Burgers
  • Louisiana Fried Chicken & Chinese
  • Lucy’s Bakery
  • M & M Cali
  • M & M Soul Food
  • Mama’s Chicken
  • Maple’s Restaurant
  • Master Burger
  • Mel’s Bakery & Cafe
  • Melo Burgers
  • Michael’s Super Burgers
  • NY Express Donuts & Chinese
  • Order Up
  • Original Louis Burgers
  • Panda Chef
  • Paraiso
  • Patra Burgers
  • Perry Burger
  • Pizza Hut
  • Pizza XPress
  • Pollo Campero
  • Pop’s Foodmart and Restaurant
  • Popeye’s Chicken
  • Quizno’s Subs
  • R & J Family Restaurant
  • Rally’s Hamburger
  • Randolph’s Smoke House
  • Richie’s Cafe and Grill
  • Sam’s Burgers & Fast Food
  • Sam’s Tacos
  • Serving Spoon Restaurant
  • Shabazz Good Foods
  • Slater Market
  • Soul Food Kitchen
  • Southern Wok
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Taco Pete
  • Tacos Don Chente
  • Tai Pan Chinese Fast Food
  • Tam’s Burgers
  • Taste of Soul
  • Terri’s Kitchen
  • Tom’s Jr.
  • Tony’s Burger
  • Totino’s Pizza
  • Troy’s Burger
  • Uncle Val’s Pizza
  • Vallarta Supermarket & Deli
  • Wendy’s
  • White House
  • Wienerschnitzel
  • Wimpy’s Burger
  • Wing N Stuff
  • Wing Stop
  • Wok on the Wild Side
  • Yoshinoya Beef Bowl
  • Zelma’s Soul Food & More

To see the list in alphabetical order by city,
please click here to see the list at LACounty.gov.

 

Sacramento County:

  • Blimpie Subs & Salads
  • El Pollo Loco
  • New Rice Bowl Express
  • Oak Park Market
  • Pizza Hut
  • Quiznos Subs
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Weinerschnitzel

 

San Diego County:

San Diego does not offer a list of participating fast food restaurants that accept EBT on their website. I have reached out to the county to obtain a list and will update this post when I have received it.

San Francisco County:

 

  • A2 Cafe
  • Burger King
  • Carl’s Jr.
  • Casbah Cafe
  • Chico’s Grill
  • Chico’s Pizza
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Emo’s Cafe
  • Foodie
  • Golden City Inn
  • Ingleside Pizza
  • KFC
  • Let’s Eat BBQ
  • Los Colores Taqueria
  • Los Hermanos Taqueria
  • Milan Pizza
  • Napoli Pizza
  • New Supremo Pizza
  • New York Pizza Kitchen
  • Pizza Hut
  • Pollo Campero
  • Queens Louisiana
  • Round Table Pizza
  • Royalty Pizza Cafe
  • SF PIzza
  • Soul Food City
  • Subway
  • Supremo Pizza
  • Sweet Chinito
  • Taco Bell
  • Taj Pizza
  • Veraci Pizza
  • What a Grind

For location details, click here. 

San Luis Obispo County:

  • Cregor’s Deli
  • Denny’s
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • El Sinaloa Tortilleria
  • Mi Ranchito
  • Sun N Buns
  • Templeton Pizza

For location details, click here.

Santa Clara County:

  • Burger King
  • Carl’s Jr.
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Gaby’s Taqueria
  • Straw Hat Piza
  • Subway
  • Wingstop

For location details, click here.

Santa Cruz County:

  • Subway
  • Togo’s Sandwiches
  • Quiznos Subs

 

Florida

Florida offers a limited version of the Restaurant Meals Program. This program is only available to the homeless residents of Alachua county.

Qualifying SNAP recipients can use their benefits at the following fast food restaurants that accept EBT in Alachua County:

  • KFC
  • Pizza Hut
  • Taco Bell

Hawaii

Hawaii allows disabled, homeless or elderly SNAP recipients and their spouses can use their benefits at fast food restaurants that accept EBT. Information about this program is incredibly limited. I was only able to find a reference to it in this Hawaii.gov  document. 

 

Michigan

Michigan residents who qualify can use EBT benefits at the following fast food restaurants that accept EBT:

  • Church’s Chicken
  • Grandma’s Famous Chicken
  • Eight Mile Pancake House
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • McDonald’s
  • Mr. T’s BBQ
  • Subway
  • Vito’s Pizza

Rhode Island

Rhode Island residents who are age 60+, disabled or homeless (living in a shelter, halfway house, or even staying temporarily with someone else) can use their EBT benefits at certain participating restaurants.

In 2017, the list of Rhode Island restaurants that accept EBT include:

 

The following states do not participate in the Restaurant Meal Program and therefore do not have any fast food restaurants that accept EBT:

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