If you are wondering whether you can use your EBT benefits at fast food restaurants, well the answer is yes… it is possible but only in certain circumstances. Ever since the option to offer a Restaurant Meal Program is left to the states to choose, we have found out which Fast Food Restaurants accept EBT in each state so you can your food stamps at local restaurants.
Which Fast Food Restaurants Accept EBT?
Papa Murphy’s accepts EBT in all states! Most take-and-bake pizzerias accept EBT. They don’t actually count as “restaurants” because you have to take the food home to cook it!
Alabama does not offer the Restaurant Meals Program but they DO offer free U-Pick Strawberry farms, $5 spay/neuter pet surgeries and more.
Alaska offers museum discounts, dollar doubling programs at Farmer’s Markets and more… but they don’t offer the Restaurant Meals Program.
In Arizona, they allow disabled, elderly and homeless SNAP recipients to participate in the Restaurant Meals Program.
Eligible clients can use their SNAP benefits at the following fast food restaurants that accept EBT in Arizona.
- 24th st Pizza & Gyros (Phoenix only)
- Blimpie (Phoenix only)
- Burger Shoppe (Phoenix only)
- CiCi’s Pizza (Phoenix only)
- Dairy Queen
- Dominos Pizza
- El Pollo Loco
- Fat Sub (Lake Havasu City)
- Firehouse Subs
- Firestone Subs (Maricopa)
- Golden Corral
- Harris and Smith Coffee Company (Ajo only)
- Helpings Cafe and Market (Phoenix only)
- Jack in the Box
- Jimmy and Joe’s Pizzeria
- Moon Light Family Restaurant (Phoenix only)
- Papa Johns Pizza (Casa Grande only)
- Rally’s Hamburgers (Yuma only)
- Smoke Dem Bones BBQ (Phoenix only)
- Speedy Street Tacos Corp (Phoenix only)
- Taco Bell
- Tasty Box (Phoenix only)
- Uncle Sams
- WaBa Grill
Arkansas you can use your food stamps at farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs in Arkansas, but not restaurants.
The state of California offers the Restaurant Meals Program in many different counties, and each county makes its own rules.
Restaurants that accept EBT in California include:
- Burger King
- Carl’s Jr.
- Church’s Chicken
- Del Taco
- Domino’s Pizza
- Great Steaks
- Jamba Juice
- Pizza Hut
Colorado offers some amazing discounts on museum admission (including a $10 per YEAR family membership to WOW! Children’s Museum) and other benefits… but no Restaurant Meals Program.
Connecticut offers free and cheap museum admission deals and other benefits… but they do not offer the Restaurant Meals Program.
With your Delaware EBT card, you will get a State Parks Pass for $10, pro bono legal services and other discounted memberships, but no fast food with your EBT card.
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:
- Pizza Hut
- Taco Bell
The state of Georgia does not offer a Restaurant Meals Program, but they invite you to explore free museums, enjoy organic food deliveries and more.
Hawaii allows disabled, homeless or elderly SNAP recipients and their spouses can use their benefits at fast food restaurants that accept EBT.
Idaho does not offer a Restaurant Meals Program but they do offer other benefits, like discounted spay/neuter service, weatherization assistance and discounted museum programs!
Illinois invites you to explore Shedd Aquarium (FREE), Adler Planetarium ($1/person) and dozens of other venues for free or very cheap. But you can’t buy fast food with your EBT card.
In Indiana, you get lots of museum discounts, discounted YMCA memberships and more. But no Restaurant Meals Program.
The state of Iowa ended their Restaurant Meals Program in February 2001. However, you can still get huge museum discounts, dollar-doubling at farmer’s markets and maybe even free hunting/fishing licenses!
Kansas will double your dollars at farmer’s markets, provide recreation scholarships and more, but no fast food with your EBT card.
Kentucky does not offer the Restaurant Meals Program but they do have a discounted museum.
In Louisiana, there is nothing like the Restaurant Meals Program but they do offer museum discounts, CSA coop discounts and more.
Maine offers museum discounts, free farmer’s market produce and more to EBT cardholders. But you are not allowed to use your EBT card at restaurants.
Maryland will give you discounted admission to three museums, double your money at farmer’s markets and more, but no restaurants with your EBT card.
Massachusetts has some excellent programs for EBT recipients! You can get discounts at over a dozen museums, participate in the Healthy Incentives Program and more. But they do not offer a Restaraunt Meals Program.
In Michigan, no more Restaurant Meals Program. Although you can no longer buy Church’s Chicken, McDonald’s or Mr. T’s BBQ with EBT, you can still get more than 10 museum discounts (including FREE memberships to Great Lake’s Children’s Museum) and more!
Minnesota offers great museum discounts, discounted YMCA membership and more, but do not offer restaurant programs.
Mississippi doesn’t participate in the RMP but they do offer museum discounts and other benefits.
Missouri will allow you to take free college classes but they won’t let you spend your food stamps at restaurants.
Montana will double your money at community farms, provide museum discounts and more. But they do not participate in RMP.
Nebraska offers sliding-scale medical and dental services, free museum memberships and more! However, they do not participate in any restaurant programs.
You will shop at farmer’s markets and CSA programs but not at any fast food venues.
New Hampshire can help you save money on your power bill, provide discount veterinary care and many more. But they don’t participate in any RMP programs.
EBT cardholders take care of their pets cheaper, but you are not allowed to spend those food stamps dollars at restaurants.
EBT cardholders in New Mexico gets free museum memberships, double up food dollars programs and more, but no restaurant meals programs.
New York has some absolutely unbelievable benefits for EBT cardholders. But still, they will not let you spend your food stamps dollars at restaurants.
Residents in North Carolina that are on food stamp benefits get free fishing licenses and discounted museum entry. But NC doesn’t offer an RMP program.
North Dakota offers help with prescriptions, energy costs and more. But you won’t buy restaurant meals with that EBT card.
The state of Ohio offers discounts at nearly a dozen museums, YMCA discounts and more, but no RMP.
They offer other EBT benefits but no fast food or restaurant purchases.
Oregon has some of the best EBT benefits. They’ll even let you book concert tickets for $5! however, they still won’t let you use your food stamps at restaurants.
Pennsylvania offers EBT cardholders dozens of museum discounts, alongside with discounts for minigolf and carousels. But unfortunately, they still won’t let you buy restaurant meals with your food stamps card.
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.
See a list of Rhode Island restaurants that accept EBT:
They offer $2 tickets to the Philharmonic, museum discounts and other deals. But no restaurant meals program.
EBT cardholders in South Dakota gets museum discounts, free u-pick strawberries and potentially even property tax discounts. Unfortunately, they do not authorize restaurant purchases for food stamps.
Tennessee offers some great deals with your EBT card, including a $25 per year family membership to Adventure Science Center in Nashville! However, they won’t let you use your food stamps to buy food at restaurants.
Texas offers discounts at Houston Zoo and five other venues with your EBT card. Although they have other perks but do not offer an RMP.
Utah doesn’t offer a Restaurant Meals Program but they do offer museum discounts and other perks to those with EBT cards!
Vermont offers seasonal fuel assistance and other benefits to those with EBT cards. They do not have a restaurant meals program.
The state of Virginia has a lot of different programs for EBT recipients but they don’t authorize restaurant purchases.
Washington has many discounted museums. Take-and-bake restaurants like Leonardi’s and Figaro’s will bake your pizzas for you for an extra non-EBT dollar. However, no other restaurants are authorized.
EBT cardholders can visit Spark! Imagination and Science Center for FREE and enjoy other benefits. But they can’t buy food at restaurants.
Wisconsin has great museum discounts, CSA programs, and other deals, but no RMP.
Wyoming has some epic farmer’s markets programs that will double your money and even give your children free money to spend! However, they don’t have RMP.
Restaurant Meal Program has been an option for states. The decision to establish a restaurant meal program is made entirely at the state level. The ONLY people who are qualified for the program are the elderly, disabled, and homeless, as this help to assist people who are unable to prepare meals at home.