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Some people who receive government assistance often have trouble understanding whether they can use their EBT at certain food businesses, like Subway.
If this is something that you’ve been wondering about, or if you are wondering whether you can use an EBT card to pay for food at Subway, stay on the page! This article will explain it in detail.
EBT-enabled restaurants like Subway allow you to pay for your food with the funds that are on your SNAP card, as of 2022. However, there are only a few states that allow SNAP recipients to use their funds to pay for their meals at participating restaurants through the Restaurant Meal Program (RMP).
Previously, SNAP payments were made to buy groceries, but not food that is purchased from restaurants.
Some states now allow SNAP recipients to use their money to purchase meals at restaurants in addition to their groceries.
Some people have difficulty buying groceries and cooking meals themselves, so eating at restaurants is probably a better option for them.
If you live in a state that allows this, you can pay for your Subway meal inside the store with an EBT card; however, you cannot use an EBT card to pay for other restaurant meals or to make a delivery to another restaurant.
Subway takes EBT payments through RMP in the states of Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New York, and Rhode Island.
You can pay for a meal at Subway by using the money that you have in your EBT card, just like you would with a debit card or a credit card.
Subway benefits from accepting payments that are processed through the EBT because more people will spend money there, even if the money comes from the government.
How to Pay with EBT in Subway?
If you receive government assistance, you can order a meal at Subway and pay for it with the money that you have in your EBT account. All the food on the menu will be paid for using the money that you receive through RMP. After you order your meal, put your EBT card in the slot on the credit card terminal. You will receive a receipt for your transaction.
After you swipe your card, you will be prompted to select the type of card that you want to use. Be sure to select EBT when you are asked for the type of card you want to use, and not Debit or Credit when you are asked to choose it. The credit card terminal will take your information and deduct the amount of your meal from your SNAP account.
Always check your balance before you pay for your meal with your EBT card to make sure that you have enough money to pay the bill. You may see a declined transaction if you don’t go over your SNAP benefits account balance.
You might have problems if your card was reported stolen or if you haven’t used your card in more than 12 months.
You can use your EBT card to pay for a Subway meal in any state that allows it, provided that you have RMP available. But not everyone who receives SNAP benefits also receives RPM benefits.
It is not available to all people in all states, so it is limited to people who may have difficulty buying groceries or cooking meals themselves, like people who are disabled or who are over 60.
Visit your local food stamp office to find out whether you are or should be eligible for RPM. If you qualify, double check the amount of money on your account and go to your local Subway.