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People always want to go to McDonald's every once in a while. However, even the cheapest menu items on the menu are expensive, especially when the cost is high. Have you thought about using your EBT card to pay for fast food?
Most SNAP beneficiaries are unable to use their EBT cards for buying fast food. However, some SNAP benefits may be allowed to a few people who are disabled or housebound to purchase fast food. Those who are homeless, disabled, or elderly may be eligible for the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP).
Even if you qualify for RMP, fast food restaurants don't accept government assistance for meals. McDonald's is only available if you have a qualifying EBT card. It's only available at a select few restaurants in California.
If this is the first time you receive SNAP benefits, you may have a lot of questions about your options. Here are some things you should know. If you live in a state where there is no RMP, you may not even realize that there is such a thing as a Restaurant Meals Program.
Here's what you need to know about how you can use your SNAP benefits to pay for fast food such as McDonald's.
People who have an EBT card can't purchase fast food, even at McDonald's.
Conditions for Paying with EBT in McDonald’s
SNAP benefits are different in every state, and only a few states have a RMP. Some SNAP recipients who are homeless or disabled or who are elderly can get fast food with their benefits. Many people are not able to cook food for themselves, or they don't have a reliable kitchen to cook in.
Before you go to a fast food restaurant, speak with your SNAP representative and ask if you can use your benefits to pay for fast food. You can also contact your local government and request that they start a RMP for the people living in your state.
People who are eligible for the RMP may be able to get a meal at McDonald's in California. If your nearest McDonald's does not accept EBT payment, try tasty fast food alternatives like El Pollo Loco or Carl's Jr. California has the most options for fast food restaurants where you can use your EBT card.
Arizona or Florida allow SNAP-eligible people who live in certain countries to use their benefits to pay for fast food like Subway, or Taco Bell.
Some states are changing their restaurant redemption programs, as a result of new legislation.
RMP-eligible people can check their state's SNAP card to see if there are any restaurants where they can use their SNAP funds to buy food. Even if you've checked your benefits, you may be surprised to learn that you have new dining options!
What is the answer to the question, Does McDonalds accept EBT? It is finally revealed that you can use your SNAP money to buy fast food with the condition of living hardships and selected region only. McDonald's and other fast-food restaurants will not let you pay with EBT for meals if you are getting SNAP benefits. You can use the money that you received from EBT to pay for basic necessities instead.