5 Pizza Places That Take EBT

If you or your family qualify for federal food assistance, you may be able to use your benefits at a local pizza place. Pizza places that accept EBT include: Domino’s, Little Caesars, Papa John’s, Papa Murphy’s, and Pizza Hut. However, there are specific requirements that either you or the retailer must meet. We have what you need to know about SNAP-approved pizza places.

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What Is EBT and the Restaurant Meals Program?

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is part of the federal food assistance program. Most often, EBT cards are linked to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). When you use your EBT card to make qualifying purchases, funds are withdrawn from your SNAP account. You can only use your EBT card at approved retailers like grocery stores. Typically, restaurants are not approved retailers, though there are exceptions.

A few states have adopted the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP). The RMP allows qualifying individuals to purchase meals from participating restaurants. The RMP is typically limited to the elderly, disabled, and homeless. Areas that currently participate in the Restaurant Meals Program include:

  • Arizona
  • California (some counties)
  • Hawaii
  • Rhode Island

What Is the 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.”

A restaurant is defined as any place the receives more than 50% of its total gross sales from food that is prepared at its facility and either eaten on-site or taken as a carryout item, according to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In April 2018, an amendment was added to the Restaurant Threshold that states, ” foods cooked or heated on-site by the retailer before or after purchase” must now be considered when determining if a retailer is considered a restaurant.

How this news applies to SNAP benefits is that if the majority of a retailer’s sales come from food that has to be taken home and cooked by the purchaser, it may fall under the restaurant threshold and could qualify as a SNAP-approved retailer. Specifically, as it relates to pizza places, a take-and-bake pizza shop can be authorized to accept EBT cards if it submits its sales documentation to the FNS to show it does not exceed the Restaurant Threshold.

The List of Pizza Places That Take EBT

The following is the list of pizza places that can accept EBT cards by either falling below the Restaurant Threshold or by participating in the Restaurant Meals Program.

Note: Hawaii does not have a list of participating RMP restaurants, and only select Subway locations currently participate in Rhode Island’s Restaurant Meals Program.

1. Domino’s

Find out more in this article.

2. Little Caesars

  • Does it fall under the Restaurant Threshold? No; Little Caesars prepares its pizzas for you.
  • Participates in the Restaurant Meals Program? Yes, in certain counties in California.
  • Locations: To find a Little Caesars that is part of the RMP, search for “Little Caesars” on California’s EBT website.

Find out more in this article

3. Papa John’s

4. Papa Murphy’s

  • Does it fall under the Restaurant Threshold? Yes, Papa Murphy’s is a Take N’ Bake pizza place, which means you prepare the pizza at home.
  • Participates in the Restaurant Meals Program? No, Papa Murphy’s does not currently participate in the RMP anywhere.
  • Locations: Papa Murphy’s states that nearly every store accepts EBT. Contact your nearest Papa Murphy’s confirm whether or not it takes EBT.

5. Pizza Hut

  • Does it fall under the Restaurant Threshold? No; Pizza Hut prepares its pizzas for you.
  • Participates in the Restaurant Meals Program? Yes, in certain counties in California.
  • Locations: To find a Pizza Hut that’s part of the RMP, search for “Pizza Hut” on California’s EBT website.

Find out more in this article

In Summary

There are a number of pizza places that accept EBT. Domino’s, Little Caesars, Papa John’s, and Pizza Hut have locations that participate in the Restaurant Meals Program, while Papa Murphy’s falls under the Restaurant Threshold and is able to accept EBT cards because you prepare Papa Murphy’s pizzas at home.

To learn more about prepared foods you can purchase with EBT, see our article: What Fast Food Places Take EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP?

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