EBT Card / Foodstamps for fast food?

In Los Angeles County: Yes! Here is a Link to all the places you can use your Golden State Advantage Card.  and the FAQ’s from the County of Los Angeles’s benefits page:

Participant Questions


What can the Restaurant Meals do for me?
  The Restaurant Meals Program allows homeless, elderly (age 60 or over), and disabled food stamp households to use food stamp benefits to purchase prepared meals using Golden State Advantage (EBT) card at participating restaurants.
How can I find out if I am eligible for the Restaurant Meals Program?
  If you or anyone of your food stamp household member is homeless, elderly (age 60 or over), receives Social Security Disability, Railroad Retirement Benefit Annuities, or Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI), you may be eligible to purchase meals at participating restaurants.
Do I have to apply for the Restaurant Meals Program?
  No, an application is not required, if you are eligible to participate in the Restaurant Meals Program.  That is, you or someone in your household meets one of the conditions in question #2.
How do I find out if a restaurant is participating in the program?
  A restaurant is participating in the program if the Restaurant Meals Program sign or logo is displayed on its door or window. You may also click here for the list of participating restaurants or ask your Eligibility Worker for a list.
Do I have to show an identification card aside from my Golden State Advantage (EBT) card to purchase a meal?
  No, an identification card is no longer required.  All you need is your EBT card to purchase a meal.
After purchasing a meal, do I get a sales receipt showing my food stamp benefit balance?
  Yes, your sales receipt will show the cost of your meal and your food stamp benefit balance.
Will I be charged a service gratuity or sales tax if I purchase a meal?
  No, the participating restaurant is not allowed to charge a service gratuity or sales tax under the Restaurant Meals Program.
If my EBT Food Stamp benefit is not enough to purchase a meal, can I use the EBT cash benefit to cover the difference for payment?
  Yes, you must inform the cashier that you will use a mixed transaction (EBT Food Stamp and EBT cash combined).  Before you buy a meal, check your last receipt or you may call the toll-free EBT Customer Service number (1-877-328-9677 or the TTY at 1-800-735-2929) to find out the balance in your EBT Food Stamp account.
What do I do if my EBT Food Stamp transaction is denied by a participating restaurant?
  You must call your Food Stamp Eligibility Worker or call the EBT Customer Service Center number (1-877-328-9677 or the TTY at 1-800-735-2929).
Need more information?
  For more information about the Restaurant Meals Program, call your Food Stamp Eligibility Worker or you may call Central Help Line at (1-877-481-1044)

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4 thoughts on “EBT Card / Foodstamps for fast food?

  1. i think this idea is vert good for people who get foodstamps to get a hot meal at whateva restaurant of your choice all i have left to say is thank you for caring. signed Latasha

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