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Fast Food Chains Getting Into the Food Stamp Act
February 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM

"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 :/


Should even be allowed at all for fastfood?
  • Only group members can vote in this poll.
  1. 12% - Yes
  2. 68% - No
  3. 18% - I Dont Care


  • Piskie
    by Piskie
    February 10, 2013 at 2:10 PM

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

  • FromAtoZ
    February 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I don't think this is wise at all.

  • FromAtoZ
    February 10, 2013 at 2:12 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.

    Ohhhhh, you do bring up a good point.

    Some food is better than none?

    February 10, 2013 at 2:14 PM
    In CA you need to be homeless to get those kind of benefits. So yes the homeless should be able to eat a hot meal in a warm place.
  • glitterteaz
    February 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    In cases of evacuees and such from emergencies I think it is a great idea and golden corral is a great deal and very balanced 

  • emelymac
    February 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM

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

  • Angelanscalf89
    February 10, 2013 at 2:17 PM
    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.
  • FromAtoZ
    February 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Reading through the thread, I see this is only for those that are homeless.

    I agree with that.  Completely.

  • Lcherniske
    February 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM
    Hmm....not sure. I guess if just 1 person and they use the $ menu it might be economical. Probably the biggest thing is teaching budgeting.
  • veronicamw
    February 10, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    back when I was on FS homeless and elderly had an option to get a Different FS card that allowed you to eat in participating restaurants 

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