"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 USDAâ€™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 â€“ including convenience and discount stores, gas stations and pharmacies â€“ 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 Silverâ€™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.
Hereâ€™s a quick list of fast food restaurants in states that already accept food stamps for restaurant meals:
Im in michigan and the only places I know that take fs is subway and you have to prove your homeless in order to use your card there and although I live by 5 subways I only know of the one that takes fs. Happys pizza also takes bt card but I think thats only cash assistance. You cant buy hot prepared food with food stamps not even a rotisserie(sp) chicken from a grocery store.