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Fast Food Chains Getting Into the Food Stamp Act

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"In an ever-growing number of  states, if you crave a taco or fried chicken from a fast-food restaurant,  you can pay for  it with food stamps.

Food stamps - known more formally as the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -  have been in use for grocery staples, such as bread and milk, since 1934, but now, for the first time,  they can be used for fast food  in four states across the country.

The number of businesses – including convenience and discount stores,  gas stations and pharmacies – that have been  approved to accept  food stamps  has increased by a third over the course of three years from 2005 to 2010, USA Today reports, and fast-food chains are working hard to get a cut of the federal dollars  in  Florida, California, Arizona and Michigan.

 The funds allocated to the food stamp program have increased exponentially, from $28.5 billion to $64.7 billion in that same time frame, according to USA Today, and at a time when people have less money to spend, the bump in federal dollars can mean a lot to the fast-industry.

Yum! Brands, based in Louisville, Ky., which operates a string of restaurants  that includes Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silver’s and Pizza Hut, are among those applying for inclusion in the food stamp program, saying that elderly, disabled and homeless people have difficulty preparing meals, ABC affiliate WHAS reported.

Here’s a quick list of fast food restaurants in states that already accept food stamps for restaurant meals:


Church’s Chicken

Kentucky Fried Chicken



Grandma’s Famous Chicken

Eight Mile Pancake House

Mr. T’s BBQ

Vito’s Pizza


Jack in the Box


El Pollo Loco

Papa Murphy’s Pizza



Taco Bell

Pizza Hut

Papa Murphy’s Pizza


Domino’s Pizza

Golden Corral

Southern Cuisine

Rally’s Hamburger"

Well this is, irritating. Im on FS myself and I would never support something like this.

Do you really want a big mac that bad? PAY FOR IT YOURSELF.

This article was written in 2011, but id never heard of this until now :/


by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM
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by Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 4:52 PM
I said no but I wasn't thinking about a homeless person. Now I feel like a jerk.. So I change my answer.
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by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 4:57 PM
I just went to kfc last week and saw they had a sign saying they now accept ebt, but has to be done inside, not drive-thru....but I didn't see restrictions for only homeless people on the sign. Thought that was interesting
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by Bronze Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 5:35 PM

 Hell yes, they should. We ALL need to eat, lol.

by Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Quoting Piskie:

Yes....... Homeless, people without adequate cooking facilities.... There are many situatuions that mean people can't prepare their own food all the time.

I never though of that. That is a good point. 


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by Bella on Feb. 10, 2013 at 5:43 PM


Quoting emelymac:

As long as it is restricted to just homeless people then I don't see a problem with it. 

 I agree

by Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM

 my question is that if everyone on fs is issued the same card, how does one know who is homeless and who isn't? I have personally seen some people who LOOK homeless but aren' how would you be able to prove this?

by Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 5:54 PM
True I think that would be much cheaper so they can stretch their money further and also much healthier I don't thuink I have seen that here in illinois or unless they are told or something but the other day I went to jewels and the lady infront was trying to buy one and they said no prepared foods so she couldn't buy the chicken or mashed potatoes

Quoting 1Giovanni:

Here you can buy a roasted chicken but you can't have it hot. In our grocery stores they have a whole section of their deli food that they add to the cooler, so people can buy them with FS. People can eat chicken cold, sometimes even taste better. Even with some of our big stores they have a microwave to warm up soup or the food after they buy it. They even have a lot of salads and other meals that you can eat cold.

I think they should do this every where then they don't need to eat at fast food restaurants.

Quoting Alejandra10:

I agree with the homeless thing but then again if they do it on fast food places they should let them buy things like roasted chicken from the super store I'm sure that will be much cheaper and their money could go a longer way. I know atleast here in illinois they don't let you buy prepared food like roasted chicken or stuff like that

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by Bronze Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 5:58 PM
I live in LA, and we can use FS to get a take and bake pizza from Pappa Murphy's or a grocery store deli. And yes, homeless people should have the ability to get prepared and hot food.
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by Platinum Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 6:06 PM
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You do understand that it isn't the people who are ON food stamps who are asking for this, it's the companies who are asking for this because it boosts their bottom line. And that is why it will be accepted. Because it helps businesses.
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by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 6:10 PM

But they can't restrict it only to homeless people effectively. Shit, they can't even prevent them from using their EBT cards at titi bars.

Quoting emelymac:

As long as it is restricted to just homeless people then I don't see a problem with it. 

....I am only responsible for what I say,NOT for what you understand.....
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