How to use Arizona SNAP Benefits at Restaurants

The Arizona food stamp program will allow you to use your SNAP benefits at participating fast food restaurants, and full service restaurants.


The program is called the Restaurant Meals Program, and if you are eligible, you can use your Arizona EBT Quest card to buy hot, prepared meals from a list of participating restaurants.

The program also allows you to purchase hot meals from the deli section of certain grocery stores as well.

There are eligibility requirements you must meet before you can participate. There requirements are in addition to the normal eligibility requirements for the Arizona Food Stamp program, and they are as follows:

  • Disabled - Your household must contain at least one person who is receiving Social Security Disability benefits, Railroad Retirement Benefits Annuities, or any other form of disability payments.
  • Elderly - Your household must contain at least one person who is at least 60 years of age or older.
  • Homeless - Each member of your household most be classified as being homeless.  This means that your entire household does not have a fixed or regular night time residence - this rule also applies to people who live in homeless shelters.

Some of the participating restaurants include 
  • Pizza Hut
  • Dominos
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
  • Rally's Hamburgers
  • Golden Corral
You may download a complete list of restaurants that take food stamps by clicking here.

If you meet all of the requirements, you must apply directly to the Restaurant Meals Program at the Arizona Department of Economic Services (AZ DES).  


If you already have an open case, you may contact your worker to submit an application to the program.  Otherwise, contact the Arizona DES Family Assistance Administration at 602-542-9935 or 1-800-352-8401 to find out how to apply for the Arizona SNAP Benefits Restaurant Meals program

Remember; come back to The Food Stamp Guide any time you need low income help

Good Luck to You!

11 comments:

  1. I am disabled and looking to see if there are any restaurants that accept EBT in Payson Arizona, 85541?

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  2. What a great help thank-you so much!

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  3. My name is Brannon Hollis. I am moving from IL. I am a veteran who receives VA Hospital Services, SSI and Snap. I need advice bout what I will have to change or transfer to Arizona.

    My email address is blhlls75@gmail.com

    thanks

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  4. HELLO BRANNON. I WORK AT THE FOOD STAMP OFFICE IN AZ. I JUST HAPPEN TO BE PRINTING SOMETHING AND SAW YOUR QUESTION AND HOPING I CAN HELP - NOTHING OFFICIAL THO SINCE I AM NOT AT WORK TODAY. IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON MOVING AND NEED YOUR BENEFITS WHEN YOU ARRIVE, THE BEST SUGGESTION I CAN GIVE IS THAT BENEITS DONT TRANSFER. YOU NEED TO CLOSE YOUR CASE WHERE YOU CURRENTLY LIVE. GET VERIFICATION OF WHAT PROGRAMS YOU RECEIVED AND MAKE SURE IT HAS AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF CLOSURE. BRING THAT WHEN YOU MOVE. USUALLY YOU CAN DO THIS RIGHT BEFORE YOU MOVE SO YOU WONT MISS ANY BENEFITS. HOPE THIS HELPS MAKE IT A SMOOTH PROCESS FOR YOU AND GOOD LUCK ON YOUR MOVE.

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  5. Hi, Just an FYI warning for others,be persistant!
    I am disabled (SSD) and receive benefits in AZ. Every time I ask about this program at the office (Country Club and Guadalupe) I get a different answer. This month the first guy said every one can use this. Then my worker said disabled can use this, then his supervisor said no, only homeless can use it. The lady who does the fingerprints said only homeless. So three different answers in one day. And none of them helpful because they did not know how to apply or where or even who was eligible. I wish some info. would be distributed to the workers and supervisors in the offices! Several of the workers were even rude and indignant about me asking. I will try the other numbers you listed above. This would be sooo much help to me to be able to eat healthier. Thanks for all your time and work on this blog!

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  6. The fact that these places accept food stamps at all is disgusting. These are not healthy nutritious sustaining meals. The SNAP program is supposed to be for people in need. No one NEEDS Pizza Hut. I will NEVER eat at these places again and I encourage others to boycott them as well.

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    1. I don't mean to be rude like you but there are plenty of people who don't have a kitchen or any place to store or cook or prepare any food and quite frankly its for them not for you so before you go getting all hateful think about how much any kind of warm meal means to them

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    2. Well put. Food is food. If you dont have a stove, or microwave or a fridge, or if you have them but are physically unable to ise them, then what the hell good would the prohram be. With the "fresh food, not hot meal" rules, a lot of people that snap should be helping are still left unfed, unless its chips candy etc.... So I for one welcome this change to get food to the people who can not prepare it for themselves.

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    3. I am on ssi diability, snap, and medical. I do have a kitchen and food, but I am in so much pain some days I just want to float on air since it hurts to even lie down. I also tire easy and confuse easy especially with written directions due to my disability. With that said I am not old nor very young and a mom with a very fixed income who would love once in a very great while, 1-2x a month go somewhere to sit and eat fresh healthy food! The only place on the list I would consider, Yuma does not have, is El Pollo Loco. My question is why all the pizza, and fast food? There are other places with good wholesome choices that are reasonable and highly nutricious such as Burrito Grill instead. I truly did not try or wish to be this way, but things out of our powers happen! We are human please understand.

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    4. SERIOUSLY. Coming from someone who was homeless at a time, from a shelter that made you go out monday-friday until 8 to 3 during the summer, this Restaurant Meals Program saved me and my family from starving and living off circle k food. Do you have any idea how it is to be homeless? Obviously NOT. Ypu pay taxes thats where it's coming from correct.? Well I pay taxes too, and as long as our people in arizona get fed, I have no problem if they get hot meals. It feels so amazing to have a good meal after traveling in the heat on the bus throughout the day.

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  7. List all ebt restaurants in Tucson Arizona

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