25 Pizza Places That Take EBT (+ Restaurant Meals Program Explained)

Short Answer: Except for take-and-bake pizzas at Papa Murphy’s, you can only use EBT at pizza places if you live in a state that has a Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) and you qualify for that program. Pizza places that participate in RMPs in select states include Domino’s, Hungry Howie’s, Papa John’s, and Pizza Hut. For more details, see below.

About the Restaurant Meals Program

The Restaurant Meals Program allows select recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to purchase hot foods, which are usually not eligible for EBT (as previously reported). Only a few states participate in the Restaurant Meals Program:

  • Arizona
  • California (select counties)
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Rhode Island

In these states, SNAP recipients who are elderly, disabled, or homeless may qualify for the RMP. The program is designed to assist those who are unable to cook at home or have difficulty doing so.

We confirmed this information by checking official SNAP program documentation and state Restaurant Meals Program policies.

Note if you qualify for the Restaurant Meals Program, you cannot use your EBT card at out-of-state restaurants (as previously reported). For more information about the Restaurant Meals Program, see our list of fast food restaurants that take EBT.

EBT Restaurant Threshold

If you don’t qualify for the Restaurant Meals Program, you may still be able to purchase restaurant-style food using your EBT card from retailers that fall under the “restaurant threshold.”

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) defines a restaurant as any place that receives more than 50% of its total sales from the food it cooks or heats at its facility, either for customers to eat on-site or to take as carryout. This means that if the majority of a retailer’s sales come from food that the customer must take home and cook themselves, it falls under the “restaurant threshold” and might qualify as a SNAP-approved retailer.

As it relates to pizza places, a take-and-bake pizza shop may accept EBT cards if it submits its sales documentation to the FNS to show it does not exceed the restaurant threshold.

Comparison Table: Pizza Places That Take EBT

Find the basics of each restaurant’s EBT acceptance policy in the table below, then click the name of each pizza place or scroll below for more details.

Restaurant Falls under restaurant threshold? Participates in RMP? Eligible States
Domino's No Yes Arizona, California
Little Caesars No Yes California
Papa John's No Yes Arizona, California
Papa Murphy's Yes No 37 states
La Pizza Loca No Yes California
Giant Pizza King No Yes California
Chico's Pizza No Yes California
Fuertes NY Pizzeria No Yes California
Ameci Pizza and Pasta No Yes California
Dominguez Pizza No Yes California
Baby Bros Pizza No Yes California
Round Table Pizza No Yes California
Guido's Pizza and Pasta No Yes California
Big Al's Pizza No Yes California
Roman's Pizza No Yes California
Captain Tony's Pizza and Pasta No Yes California
Valentino's Pizza No Yes California
Goody's Pizza No Yes California
Tottino's Pizza No Yes California
Deli Robert's Pizza No Yes California
Straw Hat Pizza No Yes California
Hungry Howie's No Yes Arizona
24th St. Pizza & Gyros No Yes Arizona
Jimmy and Joe's Pizzeria No Yes Arizona
Pizza Hut No Yes California

The List of Pizza Places That Take EBT

The following pizza places accept EBT either by falling below the restaurant threshold or by participating in the Restaurant Meals Program. We confirmed this information with customer service representatives and each state’s roster of participating RMP restaurants. Our list is in order from most to fewest EBT-approved locations.

Note: Hawaii and Illinois do not publicly provide lists of participating RMP restaurants in their states. At the time of this writing, only select Subway locations participate in Rhode Island’s RMP. We’ve noted where you can use EBT for each restaurant on our list.

Papa Murphy’s

  • Fall under restaurant threshold? Yes
  • Participates in RMP? No
  • Eligible states: Most locations; Papa Murphy’s is located in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
  • Find a location

Pizza Hut

Note: See our dedicated research on the Pizza Hut EBT policy.

  • Fall under restaurant threshold? No
  • Participates in RMP? Yes
  • Eligible states: California (Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco counties)
  • Find a participating location (select your county)

Domino’s

Note: See our dedicated research on the Domino’s EBT policy.

  • Fall under restaurant threshold? No
  • Participates in RMP? Yes
  • Eligible states: Arizona (Flagstaff and Phoenix) and California (Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Luis Obispo counties)
  • Find a participating location in Arizona or California (select your county)

Hungry Howie’s

  • Fall under restaurant threshold? No
  • Participates in RMP? Yes
  • Eligible states: Arizona (Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale, Surprise, and Tucson)
  • Find a participating location

La Pizza Loca

Papa John’s

  • Fall under restaurant threshold? No
  • Participates in RMP? Yes
  • Eligible states: Arizona (Casa Grande) and California (Riverside County)
  • Find a participating location in Arizona or California

Jimmy and Joe’s Pizzeria

Giant Pizza King

Little Caesars

Note: See our dedicated research on the Little Caesars EBT policy.

Chico’s Pizza

Fuertes NY Pizzeria

Ameci Pizza and Pasta

Dominguez Pizza

Baby Bros Pizza

Round Table Pizza

Guido’s Pizza and Pasta

Big Al’s Pizza

Roman’s Pizza

Captain Tony’s Pizza and Pasta

Valentino’s Pizza

Goody’s Pizza

Tottino’s Pizza

Deli Robert’s Pizza

Straw Hat Pizza

24th St. Pizza & Gyros