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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
Replies (61-63):
by Judy on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Aw come on, we need to get everyone on some type of food stamps so they will all continue to vote Democrat.   Gimme those entitlements.

by Christy on Feb. 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

There are people on these programs who have no access to a way to cook. I saw several people mention homeless but there are people in homes who cannot afford electricity. So, yes I think this is good but it is not allowed in my state.

by Silver Member on Feb. 12, 2013 at 1:18 PM

I agree for the homeless, elderly, and those that are physically unable to cook. 

Quoting Alejandra10:

Yes hers was hot but that's why I stated I don't know if they have cold ones or if they can get them that's why i said I "don't think" because I cant s no. I don't know for certain all I know if they said she couldn't pay the chicken and mash potatoes. But again I ay its a good thing for the homeless people who need to eat and have nothing to use to cook

Quoting ejsmom4604:

Being a former resident of Illinois, and on FS when there, yes you could get a COLD cooked chicken, potato salad, mac salad etc. Could be possible that the person in front of you had a hot one, which that you can't. I had done it when I was at NIU, had to go grocery shopping after classes (usually aroun 5PM) with my now oldest son. I would occasionally pick one up for that night, pop it in the microwave while putting away the rest of the groceries (which I would have to prepare completely myself lol). 

Quoting Alejandra10:

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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