Over 45 million Americans (one in seven) are on either EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

With this many people on these programs, it’s important to know which places accept EBT and/or SNAP. This article first examines if Subway takes EBT but also looks into other places that take EBT and/or SNAP.

In This Article

  • What can’t be bought with EBT/Food Stamps or SNAP?

  • Does subway take EBT?

  • If so, what are the Subway EBT locations?

  • What other fast food places take EBT/SNAP other than Subway?

What is EBT?

Rather than issuing paper food stamps, the SNAP system now relies on EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards. It’s greener and, for most people, more convenient and efficient. EBT policies vary from state to state, but they all run from the same parent mechanism. Find out more about eligibility and the inner workings if you’d like here.

What Things Can’t Be Bought with Food Stamps?

You can use your EBT card to buy almost any type of edibles, but some things that are excluded from the SNAP scheme include…

  • Alcohol and cigarettes
  • Vitamins and medicine
  • Hot food (including that which will be eaten in store)
  • Toiletries, pet food, and other non-edible items

So Does Subway take EBT / Food Stamps / SNAP

Many Subway orders are eligible for EBT purchases, as long as they are cold and take out orders. Pretty good, right? Although orders from Subway technically are eligible for EBT purchases, Subway doesn’t state either way on its website whether EBT is accepted at Subway restaurants or not. It is widely reported that it is — especially in four key states of Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan. It’s almost like, Subway must accept EBT as per the government requirements but Subway doesn’t necessarily enjoy doing it. Thanks to a legal caveat, EBT can be used in certain restaurants. So does Subway take EBT? Yes.

Does Subway Take EBT Through the Subway App?

There isn’t a whole lot of information on EBT on Subway’s website because, after all, EBT is taxpayers’ money and therefore a sensitive issue. BUT the Terms of Service do state that EBT purchases are not accepted through their app – so it’s in store only, cold food only, and take out only if you want to use your EBT at Subway stores.

image of subway affirming it accepts food stamps

For Sure Subway EBT Locations in Arizona

Subway can be purchased with EBT at the following locations as part of the Restaurant Meals Plan, aimed at helping provide meals for the disabled, elderly and homeless. A list of participating restaurants can also be found here – locations on which include…

  • 161 W. Main St, Mesa
  • 354 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa
  • 4430 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix

For Sure Subway EBT Locations in California

California also has its own EBT locator which you can search for individual restaurant names too and get exactly what you want. Subways on the list include…

  • 7040 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
  • 5593 E. Huntingdon Drive, Los Angeles
  • 2112 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles
  • 2248 S. Barrington Boulevard, Los Angeles
  • 17216 Ventura Boulevard, Encino
  • 116 W. Main Street, Alhambra
  • 1701 W. Main Street, Alhambra
  • 421 California Ave, Palo Alto
  • 2006 Winchester Boulevard, Campbell
  • 338 Market Street, San Fransisco
  • 653 Kearny Street, San Fransisco
  • 731 J Street, Sacramento
  • 7263 Power Inn Boulevard, Sacramento

For Sure Subway EBT Locations in Michigan

Use Michigan’s EBT locator (third on the list) to find stores in which to spend your EBT. There’s only one Subway on the list, but lots of other restaurants which are well worth checking out as well.

  • Marathon Station, Livernois Avenue, Detroit

Does Subway Take EBT in States Besides Arizona, California and Michigan?

Yes, Subway accepts EBT in other states as well. These states just have the only online databases of Subway restaurants which accept EBT.

Look for window stickers displayed by the doors of Subways or ask in store.

What Other Fast Food Restaurants Besides Subway Take EBT?

ABC News has reported on the current list as it stands in the four states, so if Subway isn’t your fancy perhaps there’s something else for you. Here’s the full list of reported restaurants which accept EBT.

Fast Food Restaurants That Are Known to Accept EBT in Arizona

Domino’s Pizza

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Salads, subs, desserts, soft drinks
  • Additional information: Pizza will probably be considered a hot food. Take advantage of the daily deals to get better prices.
  • Find a Domino’s

Golden Corral

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Restrictions may be different at each franchise; check with your local restaurant for details
  • Additional information: Details will vary by location — check with your local restaurant to make sure EBT is accepted.
  • Find a Golden Corral (enter your zip code in the top right).

Rally’s Hamburgers

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Desserts, milkshakes, and soft drinks
  • Additional information: Many people have purchased hamburgers and fries to go using EBT cards. Check with each franchise before purchasing.
  • Find a Rally’s

Subway

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Cold subs, chips, soft drinks
  • Additional information: EBT cards cannot be used on Subway’s app for ordering ahead.
  • Find a Subway

The Arizona Restaurant Meals Program provides local listings for restaurants that accept EBT. Note that this program is only available for elderly (60+), disabled, and homeless recipients of EBT. Read more about the Restaurant Meals Program on this page of the State of Arizona’s website.

Fast Food Restaurants That Are Known to Accept EBT in California

El Pollo Loco

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Salads, side dishes, drinks
  • Additional information: Many people have purchased other menu items using EBT cards, but check with your local restaurant first.
  • Find a El Pollo Loco

Jack in the Box

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Restrictions may be different at each franchise; check with your local restaurant for details
  • Additional information: Details will vary by location — check with your local restaurant to make sure EBT is accepted.
  • Find a Jack in the Box

Subway

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Cold subs, chips, soft drinks
  • Additional information: EBT cards cannot be used on Subway’s app for ordering ahead.
  • Find a Subway

Papa Murphy’s Pizza

The California Restaurant Meals Program provides local listings for restaurants that accept EBT/CalFresh. Note that this program is only available for elderly (60+), disabled, and homeless recipients of EBT. Read more about the Restaurant Meals Program on the State of California’s website. (Choose your county to find the list of participating restaurants.)

Fast Food Restaurants That Are Known to Accept EBT in Florida

KFC

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Coleslaw, desserts, soft drinks
  • Additional information: Some KFC restaurants allow for chicken and sandwiches to be purchased using EBT cards, but check with your local franchise.
  • Find a KFC

Papa Murphy’s Pizza

Pizza Hut

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Restrictions may be different at each franchise; check with your local restaurant for details
  • Additional information: Details will vary by location — check with your local restaurant to make sure EBT is accepted.
  • Find a Pizza Hut

Taco Bell

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Chips, desserts, specialty cold drinks, and soft drinks
  • Additional information: Some people have purchased tacos and other main menu items using EBT cards, but the restrictions may be different at each franchise.
  • Find a Taco Bell

Subway

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Cold subs, chips, soft drinks
  • Additional information: EBT cards cannot be used on Subway’s app for ordering ahead.
  • Find a Subway

Fast Food Restaurants That Are Known to Accept EBT in Michigan

Church’s Chicken

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Coleslaw, desserts, and soft drinks
  • Additional information: Many people have purchased their chicken using EBT cards. Check with each franchise before purchasing.
  • Find a Church’s Chicken

KFC

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Coleslaw, desserts, soft drinks
  • Additional information: Some KFC restaurants allow for chicken and sandwiches to be purchased using EBT cards, but check with your local franchise.
  • Find a KFC

McDonald’s

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Salads, milkshakes, cold coffee drinks, soft drinks
  • Additional information: Each franchise will differ, so be sure to check with your local McDonald’s first.
  • Find a McDonald’s

Starbucks

Note that this doesn’t apply to all Starbucks. Corporate stores don’t meet the requirements to allow SNAP purchases, but franchises are different. For Starbucks locations in supermarkets and grocery stores, products bought at Starbucks (so long as they are not hot food and are ordered to take out) can count as “groceries” and be paid for with EBT. See it done in Michigan by watching this video.

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Most menu items, as long as they are not hot food and are taken to go, if purchased at a Starbucks within a grocery store.
  • Additional information: Details will vary by location — check with the Starbucks in your local grocery store to make sure EBT is accepted at that location.
  • Find a Starbucks

Subway

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Cold subs, chips, soft drinks
  • Additional information: EBT cards cannot be used on Subway’s app for ordering ahead.
  • Find a Subway

Vito’s Pizza

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Restrictions may be different at each franchise; check with your local restaurant for details
  • Additional information: Details will vary by location — check with your local restaurant to make sure EBT is accepted.
  • Find a Vito’s Pizza

White Castle

  • What type of food can be purchased with EBT?: Oatmeal, desserts, specialty drinks, soft drinks
  • Additional information: Some people have purchased the hamburgers and other main menu items using EBT cards, but restrictions will vary by franchise. White Castle products are also available in retail stores to purchase using EBT cards.
  • Find a White Castle

Other states may also feature a Restaurant Meals Program; try a Google search for “Restaurant Meals Program [your state]” to see if there are participating restaurants in your area.

Does Subway Take EBT? Yes! Subway Does Accept EBT / Food Stamps / SNAP

For using EBT at Subway, just make sure to do so in store only, for cold food only, with take out only and not with the mobile app. Otherwise, you should be good!

Have you ever used EBT at Subway or other fast food stores? In which state did you make your purchase? Did you have any problems? Was it stated on the store window or inside that they would take EBT? We’d love to hear from you.