Does Popeye’s Accept SNAP Benefits Using EBT Food Stamps?

Popeye’s is one of the world’s largest chicken restaurant chains, with more than 2,700 locations worldwide and a devoted customer base that swears it makes the best bird anywhere. If you are one of those customers and qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, you can use your SNAP electronic benefits payment card at participating Popeye’s restaurants — as long as you are in the right state.

See: SNAP Restaurant Meals Program — What Is It and How Can Seniors Sign Up?
Find: SNAP Schedule 2022 — March Payments

Popeye’s is one of the restaurant chains that accepts SNAP EBT cards for purchases, according to the FoodStampsNow website. SNAP is a federal program designed for families who need financial help buying food. Consumers used to pay with food stamps but now use reloadable EBT debit cards. Although SNAP is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program itself is administered at the state level.

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Under the SNAP Restaurant Meals Program, qualified SNAP recipients can purchase food at SNAP authorized restaurants using their EBT cards, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture website. Participating restaurants must offer meals at discount prices. In some cases, the program lets recipients buy food in the deli sections of participating grocery stores.

The idea is to help SNAP recipients get hot prepared foods at restaurants — something many are unable to do at grocery stores.

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To participate in the RMP, a restaurant must be located in a state that has an RMP; get approval from the state and provide a signed agreement to the Food and Nutrition Service; and be authorized by FNS to accept SNAP benefits.

As GOBankingRates previously reported, seven states have opted into the RMP. It is widely available in Arizona and California, while five other states — Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Rhode Island and Virginia — offer the program in select cities or counties.

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New York passed a law that lets state social services agencies apply to the federal program.

If you live in one of the states that offer the RMP, make sure your local Popeye’s is one of the participating locations.

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About the Author

Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who previously held staff positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting earned awards from the North Carolina Press Association, the Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A native of North Carolina who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story, “Saint Christopher,” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. Two of his short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. His debut novel, Voodoo Hideaway, was published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.

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