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.

EBT can be used at Pizza Hut to purchase salads, subs, desserts, and beverages. However, some people have reported being able to buy pizza and other hot items with EBT at Pizza Hut. The allowable EBT foods policy depends on the individual restaurant’s franchise owner.

Similar Restaurants That Take EBT

These fast food restaurants allow purchases with EBT cards at participating locations for the Restaurant Meals Program. We’ve included the types of foods you can buy with EBT, as well as how to find a participating location in each state where this program is available.

1. Burger King

  • EBT-eligible foods: Most menu items are eligible; contact individual locations for details
  • Find a participating Burger King: California

2. Church’s Chicken

  • EBT-eligible foods: Coleslaw, desserts, and soft drinks, but some people have reported getting chicken or other menu items with EBT. Contact individual locations for details.
  • Find a participating Church’s Chicken: California

3. Dairy Queen

  • EBT-eligible foods: Cakes, ice cream, and beverages, but some have reported getting hot sandwiches or other menu items with EBT. Contact individual locations for details.
  • Find a participating Dairy Queen: Arizona

4. Domino’s Pizza

  • EBT-eligible foods: Salads, subs, desserts, and soft drinks
  • Find a participating Domino’s: Arizona, California, Florida

5. El Pollo Loco

  • EBT-eligible foods: Salads, side dishes, and beverages, though some have reported getting other menu items with EBT. Contact individual locations for details.
  • Find a participating El Pollo Loco: Arizona, California

6. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)

  • EBT-eligible foods: Coleslaw, desserts, and soft drinks, though some have reported getting chicken and other menu items with EBT. Contact individual locations for details.
  • Find a participating KFC: Arizona, California

7. Rally’s

  • EBT-eligible foods: Desserts, milkshakes, and soft drinks, though some have reported getting hamburgers and other menu items with EBT. Contact individual locations for details.
  • Find a participating Rally’s: Arizona, California

8. Subway

9. Taco Bell

  • EBT-eligible foods: Chips, desserts, soft drinks, and specialty cold drinks, though some have reported getting tacos and other menu items with EBT. Contact individual locations for details.
  • Find a participating Taco Bell: Arizona, California
  • Learn more in our article: Does Taco Bell Take EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP?

10. Wendy’s

  • EBT-eligible foods: Salads, desserts, soft drinks, and specialty drinks, though some have reported getting hamburgers and other menu items with EBT. Contact individual locations for details.
  • Find a participating Wendy’s: Arizona, California

Looking for more information about fast food restaurants that accept EBT? Check out our article, What Fast Food Places Take EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP?

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.