In general, no Little Caesars locations accept EBT. But, due to a small provision in federal law, a handful of restaurants in California will take EBT if you meet certain conditions. We have all the details below.
Does Little Caesars Take EBT?
Virtually no Little Caesars location will take EBT. Why? It has to do with the nature of the program. Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards are used to (among other things) dispense funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website, SNAP was created to offer “nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families.” If you qualify, you can use SNAP benefits to buy food items like meat, poultry, bread, cereal, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. However, federal law prevents recipients from purchasing hot, prepared foods — and that means basically no food from restaurants.
Well, it actually means almost no restaurant food purchases. The federal government allows individual states to decide if certain restaurants can accept EBT. But there’s a catch: They can only serve “qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.” Participating states allow restaurants to do so under the Restaurant Meals Program.
Currently, only four states offer the Restaurant Meals Program: California, Arizona, Rhode Island, and Hawaii. State websites for Arizona and Rhode Island provide lists of restaurants that participate in the Restaurant Meals Program. (Hawaii only offers information its various benefit processing centers.) None of these lists include Little Caesars.
California, however, does list a few participating Little Caesars locations. A search of CA.gov showed seven Little Caesars locations in Chula Vista and San Diego that will take EBT.
As a general rule, Little Caesars does not take EBT. But, the pizza chain has seven locations in California that allow qualifying SNAP participants to use EBT. Want to learn more about EBT? Our article What Fast-Food Places Take EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP? Here’s the List has all the info you need.