Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that allows the participant to use SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to pay for food at participating stores.
When people use their EBT, their accounts are then debited to reimburse the store for food bought. They are used in all 50 states, The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and The Virgin Islands, and have been the sole issuance of SNAP benefits since 2004. For more information, check out the official website.
Does Jack in the Box accept EBT?
Jack in the Box accepts EBT in a couple of states participating in the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) like California and Arizona.
To use your EBT at a Jack in the Box, you must live in one of these states or use it at a store that is part of the program. However, California and Arizona are the only states where you can use EBT at Jack in the Box.
States that are part of the RMP but don’t allow you to use your EBT at Jack in the Box are Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, and Rhode Island.
You can’t use your EBT for online or in-app delivery or pick-up orders; you can only make in-store purchases at states that accept EBT use at Jack in the Box locations.
Check to see if these restaurants accept EBT:
Using EBT for Separate Transactions at Jack in the Box
In large chain stores with scanning devices, the scanners read the barcodes on the products you want to buy. The registers will automatically separate the ineligible items from the eligible ones.
You can select “EBT” as your payment method and swipe your card. You will need to pay for the ineligible items with another payment method. This may require separate transactions.
You are also able to use coupons like any other EBT transaction and will make it go further.
Yes, if you live in California or Arizona, you can use your EBT at Jack in the Box. You may need to check with your local Jack in the Box location on their website to see if you can, but currently, the only sites are in those two states.
Jack in the Box participates in the Restaurant Meals Program in those states and allows EBT transactions.
Remember there are three conditions needed to be able to use EBT at Jack in the Box, and they include being located in one of the states participating in the RMP, that the restaurant needs to be an approved RMP retailer in your state.
Typically, you can only use your EBT benefits to purchase things in stores that haven’t been cooked already – i.e., getting a fully cooked chicken from a grocery store wouldn’t be covered by EBT, but buying a raw chicken and the spices to cook it would be covered.
There are some states where you can use your EBT at Jack in the Box because they don’t sell alcohol or tobacco products, so you may be able to purchase anything on the menu.