Does Taco Bell Accept EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP? Only in These States…

If you have an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, you already know that you can use it to purchase groceries with your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. But, did you know that if you meet a certain set of criteria, there are now programs that will allow you to use your EBT card at select fast-food restaurants — including Taco Bell? Does Taco Bell take EBT?

Does Taco Bell Accept EBT?

Yes, Taco Bell accepts EBT — but only at select locations in Arizona and California that participate in the Restaurant Meals Program.

The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) exists because many people who are eligible for SNAP may not be able to prepare hot food themselves. RMP is mostly limited to the elderly, disabled, and homeless. States that participate in the Restaurant Meals Program include: Arizona, California (some counties), Hawaii, and Rhode Island.

With the Restaurant Meals Program, individual restaurant franchises in participating states may choose to accept EBT. To find a Taco Bell location that accepts EBT, check the following resources:

In Summary

While you typically can’t use your SNAP benefits and EBT card to purchase prepared foods — like Taco Bell — you may be able to if you qualify for the Restaurant Meals Program in your state. Under the RMP, some Taco Bell locations in Arizona and California accept EBT.

For more on the Restaurant Meals Programs and the list of fast-food restaurants that take SNAP, see our article What Fast-Food Places Take EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP?

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  • Oliver @ says:

    I do hope that someday more states will be included in the program. These perks are great and people in CA are so lucky!