Electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards/Food Stamps/SNAP benefits can be used to buy food at most grocery stores. But in most cases, EBT can’t be used to purchase prepared food, hot food, and definitely not restaurant food. However, an exception in the federal law creating SNAP allows states to set up Restaurant Meals Programs. People who qualify for SNAP and are also homeless, elderly, or disabled can use their EBT cards to buy hot meals at participating restaurants.

Some fast food places, including Pizza Hut, will accept EBT in areas that have Restaurant Meals Programs. Read on to learn how and where Pizza Hut accepts EBT, as well as other fast food restaurants that may accept EBT cards.

Does Pizza Hut Accept EBT?

Yes, Pizza Hut does accept EBT — but only in select California locations that participate in the Restaurant Meals Program.

The Restaurant Meals Program allows elderly (age 60 and up), disabled, and homeless people who qualify for SNAP benefits to purchase food in certain restaurants with their EBT cards. This program is currently available only in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • California (varies by county)
  • Florida (limited to Alchua County; only for homeless people)
  • Hawaii
  • Rhode Island

Participation in the Restaurant Meals Program is optional for restaurants in the areas where the program is available. Only some Pizza Hut locations in California have chosen to participate. You can find a Pizza Hut location participating in the Restaurant Meals program using the retail locator on the California EBT Client Website — tick the “Restaurant Meals Locations” button to filter by participating restaurants.

At Pizza Huts that participate in Restaurant Meals Programs, eligible EBT recipients should be able to use their card to buy hot food off the regular menu, though restrictions may sometimes apply. Talk with the staff at your local Taco Bell if you’re worried about restrictions.

In Summary

Does Pizza Hut accept EBT? Yes, but only at certain California locations that participate in the Restaurant Meals Program. If you meet the criteria for the Restaurant Meals Program, you can also use your EBT card at other participating restaurants in select areas of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Florida, and Rhode Island, including Domino’s Pizza, Subway, and Taco Bell. For a list of restaurants that take EBT cards in Restaurant Meal Program states, and details about the state programs, see our article What Fast Food Places Take EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP? Here’s the List.