Food stamps can now be used in restaurants in eight states using your EBT card

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THE Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as Food Stamps, is currently helping more than 41.5million Americans put food on the table for their families.

SNAP is the largest federal nutrition assistance program of its kind and now it's allowing some recipients to use their SNAP money at select restaurants.
SNAP is the largest federal nutrition assistance program of its kind Credit: Getty

SNAP provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families.

The benefits are paid on a specific day each month, depending on your state.

The money is provided through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy food at authorized retail food stores.

You must apply for SNAP in the state in which you live.

Each state has a different application form and process.

The federal government has expanded the program to allow states to participate in the SNAP restaurant meals program (RMP).

What is the SNAP restaurant meals program?

The SNAP restaurant meals program is a special state-run program that allows elderly, homeless, and disabled SNAP recipients to purchase food at SNAP authorized restaurants.

They can do so by using the SNAP EBT cards.

Under the restaurant meals program, participating restaurants must offer meals at discounted prices.

This is a help to SNAP recipients because the money they receive cannot be used to buy hot prepared foods, such as soup and rotisserie chicken, at grocery stores.

What states have the SNAP restaurant meals program?

Eight states have opted in for the federal program that allows older adults to use their food benefits on select, low-cost restaurant meals.

The program is widely available in Arizona and California.

Other states such as Hawaii, Michigan, Maryland, and Rhode Island offer the restaurant meals program in select cities or counties.

Illinois and New York have passed laws allowing the respective state social services agencies to apply to the federal program.

How do states join?

To join the SNAP restaurant meals program, states must prove to the US Department of Agriculture that some high-needs residents aren’t well-served by traditional food benefits.

The program then allows members of three target populations: adults over 60, people with disabilities, and people who are homeless, plus their spouses, to eat at low-cost, state-certified restaurants.

Chains, such as Subway and McDonald’s, participate in the program in select states.

We explain what day of the month SNAP benefits are paid out each month.

Plus, when you need to re-certify to continue receiving SNAP benefits.
Select restaurants in eight states are now accepting the payment Credit: Getty

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Debi grassman

this is a great help. food is food, people need it. I was on food stamps 30 yrs ago. I thank God I found a job and am " able" to work, and am only too happy that my taxes help someone who needs them now. I never forget the help I got from all u tax payers when i needed it. thank u !!


If they need food stamps you shouldn't be able to use them at restaurants. Some people truly need help but there's way to many who have learned how to use the system. No fast food or set down restaurants, let them in restaurants they will somehow be using it for alcohol. Get a job or better paying job

Home with the Howard's

Some of you people are ridiculous. I had to apply for assistance due to missing work from covid almost a month with two kids. I work in the medical field, didn't expect to have to apply but I have children and the ability to feed them was compromised. Also what about people who are elderly and or disabled who can't work and live on 700 a month? They shouldn't have a coke or donut or eat steak? I paid my taxes for them I don't feel bad getting them and I don't feel bad my taxes went towards people eating steak and drinking a soda who can't work and have to get food stamps.


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