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19 Fast Food Restaurants That Accept EBT in Certain States

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Yep, there are fast food restaurants that accept EBT, but it also depends on the state in which you live. Since the SNAP program (for which the EBT card is used) is managed at the state level, it really varies. While a Burger King in one state might accept EBT, it doesn’t mean the next state over will as well. For example, you’ll see that a lot of the restaurants on our list only accept EBT in Arizona and California. But it’s worth reading through to find the ones that do accept it in your area.

You probably already know that in addition to using your EBT card at grocery stores, you can also use it at certain convenience or drug stores. For example, 7-Eleven, Walgreens, and Dollar General all accept EBT as payment for eligible items (no alcohol, cigarettes, pet food, etc.).

Here’s a list of EBT-friendly fast food restaurants and the states that accept them. If you aren’t in a state where fast food chains accept EBT, we have tips for how you can still save at these establishments. Also, learn how to use your SNAP Food Benefits online!

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1. Blimpie

a person holding a Blimpie sub

This sandwich shop is all over the U.S., and Blimpie accepts EBT in Arizona. Find a Blimpie near you.


2. Burger King

burger king frings a mix of fries and onion rings being held up inside burger king

Arizona and California Burger Kings accept EBT. If you don’t live anywhere near those two states, there are other ways to save money on Burger King. The big one is: download the app. You can rack up points that translate into free food this way!


3. Carl’s Jr.

A person holding a Carl's Jr. burger and container of french fries.

You can use your EBT benefits at any Carl’s Jr. in Arizona and California. This is another app you’ll want to download because the coupons are *chef’s kiss*. I’ve seen coupons for a free sandwich with any purchase, Buy One, Get One for $1 Western Bacon Cheeseburgers, and more.

Here are more ways to get Carl’s Jr. savings.



4. Dairy Queen

a person standing in front of the dairy queen sign holding up a blizzard

If you’re in Arizona, go ahead and use your EBT card at Dairy Queen to get Blizzards, burgers, and whatever else you want. Also, did you know if your DQ Blizzard isn’t served upside-down, you get it for free? Learn even more Dairy Queen hacks like this.


5. Denny’s

a person cutting their food up at dennys

While it’s not technically fast food, I thought I’d include Denny’s on this list. If you live in Arizona and California, you can use your EBT benefits here. Oh and you can get a free Grand Slam Breakfast on your birthday, too.


6. Domino’s Pizza

A Domino's Employee delivering pizzas to someone's house

Domino’s Pizza accepts EBT as payment in Arizona and California. They also have a rewards program where you can get a free pizza for every 60 points you earn (10 points per order).

RELATED: There are Domino’s Pizza deals worth checking out.


7. El Pollo Loco

a meal from el pollo loco

We’re starting to sound like a broken record, but if you live in Arizona or California, you can use your EBT card to buy food at El Pollo Loco. Also, once a year on National Burrito Day (April 6), you can get BOGO Free burritos all day long!



8. Jack in the Box

jack munchie meal sign in drive thru

There are plenty of ways to save money at Jack in the Box, but in Arizona and California, you can certainly use your EBT card. Be sure to join The Jack Pack loyalty program in order to earn points whenever you spend money.


9. Jamba Juice

person holding two smoothies on table

If you’re in California, go ahead and use your EBT card to pay. You should also join Jamba Juice Rewards because you’ll get an offer for a 50% off smoothie just for signing up! Find a Jamba Juice near you.


10. KFC

A person standing at the pickup counter inside a KFC restaurant.

KFC takes EBT cards in Arizona and California. Also, the following states offer the program only for specific counties or cities: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Check with your local Department of Health and Welfare to find out if your area participates.

RELATED: Find out how to get the most value for your money when you’re ordering at KFC.


11. Little Caesars

half cheese half pepperoni pizza from Little Caesar's

You can’t use EBT at very many Little Caesars locations, but you can at a few in San Diego, CA. Not anywhere near San Diego? There are still some great ways to save money on your Little Caesars pizza order.


12. McDonald’s

someone sitting in mcdonalds with six-piece chicken mcnuggets, honey mustard, and fries

McDonald’s stores in Arizona, California, and Michigan take EBT. Plus, there are loads of ways to save money at McDonald’s through the app. I’m talking about free Happy Meals, free fries, and all sorts of other goodies when you make certain purchases. Learn every single way to save at McDonald’s.



13. Papa Murphy’s

pizza from papa murphys

Arizona and California Papa Murphy’s take EBT. Plus, when you sign up for MySLICE Rewards, you’ll get access to a free birthday pizza!


14. Pizza Hut

pizza from pizza hut

You can use your EBT card to pay for Pizza Hut in California. Everywhere else, be sure to join Hut Rewards to earn 2 points for every dollar you spend. Then cash in your points for free pizza.


15. Popeyes

A person's hand holding a Popeyes chicken sandwich with a Popeyes restaurant in the background.

Arizona and California, along with a few cities and counties in Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Virginia, allow you to pay for your Popeyes order with EBT. If you fall outside these areas, download the Popeyes app (iOS / Android) to find out about getting some cheap chicken.


16. Rally’s

Checkers instagram page where they are promoting their food. Nuggets, fries, and burger are in the photo side by side.

Owned by Checkers since 1999, Rally’s branding is still in place in areas where Rally’s was more popular than Checkers. Rally’s in Arizona and California take EBT cards as payment. Find a Rally’s near you.


17. Subway

person holding 3 footlong subs

If you’re in Arizona, California, or Rhode Island, and you’re looking to use your EBT card to pay for a meal at Subway, you’re in luck. Sign up for Subway’s rewards program to get 4% back on every purchase you make. And be sure to check out more ways to get free subs.


18. Taco Bell

Someone holding up a Taco Bell Bag in front of a Taco Bell

Go ahead and use your EBT card at select Taco Bell locations in Arizona and California. And if you need to save money on Taco Bell in other locations, join Taco Bell Rewards for a freebie with every 250 points you earn. (You’ll rack up between 10-11 points per $1 you spend.)

RELATED: Learn all the ways to save money on Taco Bell.


19. Wendy’s

Someone holding a Crispy Chicken Sandwich at Wendy's in front of a drink and bag

Wendy’s EBT users have slim pickings. The fast food chain only accepts EBT in a few counties in California. But don’t worry, because just like a lot of these other restaurants, Wendy’s has an app and coupons available. I’ve seen offers for free nuggets (or free fries) with a purchase. Find out how to get Wendy’s food for cheap.

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