Does Dunkin’ Donuts Take EBT, SNAP, or Food Stamps?
This information is current as of June 7, 2022.
Dunkin’ is one of the top coffee and donut franchises in the U.S., so we wouldn’t be surprised if our readers crave some right now! They may be asking, “Does Dunkin’ Donuts take EBT, SNAP, or food stamps?”
Unfortunately, Dunkin’ Donuts does not currently accept EBT payments. This is because they are not a part of the SNAP Restaurant Meals Program. However, food stamp beneficiaries can still enjoy Dunkin’ coffee by buying the D.D. coffee grounds at participating EBT supermarkets. You can also find many delicious donut options at EBT-accepting bakeries near you.
Let’s learn more about getting that Dunkin’ coffee fix with SNAP.
How to Get Dunkin’ Donuts with EBT
EBT only allows beneficiaries to purchase grocery-store items, not hot or prepared foods like Dunkin’ coffee or breakfast sandwiches. Unfortunately, you can’t use your EBT card in a Dunkin’ retail store, but there is still a way to enjoy your favorite Dunkin’ coffee for free.
Many grocery stores carry Dunkin’ prepackaged coffee grounds and beans. In addition, these stores accept payments with an EBT card, so you are in luck!
Most major grocery stores accept SNAP payments and carry Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Some of these include:
- Food Lion
You can even find Dunkin’ Coffee ground in retail stores such as Target, CVS, and Walmart!
When paying for your Dunkin Donuts coffee at the grocery checkout, swipe your EBT card like a regular debit card. Then, voila – delicious Dunkin Donuts coffee ready to take home and brew.
The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP)
The Restaurant Meals Program, or RMP, is a part of the government-funded SNAP food nutrition program. This program helps low-income Americans afford food and beverages.
Most SNAP members can use their EBT cards to purchase food ingredients from:
- Grocery stores
- Convenience stores
- Farmer’s markets.
Some elderly and disabled SNAP members struggle to prepare food themselves. Other homeless SNAP members may find it hard to prepare and store food without access to permanent housing. The Restaurant Meals Program allows these individuals to use their EBT cards to purchase prepared meals from certain restaurants.
The restaurants that participate in this program change from state to state but can include many fast-food chain restaurants such as Domino’s Pizza, Subway, Taco Bell, KFC, and Burger King.
Is Dunkin’ Donuts Part of the RMP?
Currently, Dunkin’ Donuts is not a part of the Restaurant Meals Program. Still, new restaurants are participating every year, and Dunkin’ Donuts could be next.
Sadly, Dunkin’ Donuts cannot accept EBT cards for payments in stores at this time. However, purchases can be made at grocery stores where prepackaged Dunkin’ Donuts coffee beans and grounds are sold.
If you are eligible to use your EBT card as part of the RMF and want to find another place to get coffee, you may be able to go to Denny’s, Burger King, or KFC. However, please note that not all states and franchises offer this program yet as it is growing.
So far, the RMP is only available in:
- Rhode Island
Restaurants in the program change from state to state, so double-check which restaurants accept EBT-RMP payments in your state before heading to one.
Where Can I Buy Donuts with EBT?
You can use your EBT card to purchase food and drinks, including donuts at grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, local food cooperatives, farmers’ markets, and major retailers like Walmart and Target. You can even use EBT at grocery aisles pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens.
The easiest way to find out what stores near you accept an EBT card is to use the SNAP Retailer locator. You can search your area by city, state, or zip code to find the most convenient option.
Most major grocery stores sell delicious donuts from their bakery or prepackaged within the aisles and accept EBT payments. Check out our post on bakeries that accept EBT to find more places that sell delicious donuts for SNAP payments.
While you are at the grocery store buying donuts, remember, a hot cup of coffee is a donut’s best friend. So, don’t forget to purchase Dunkin’ Donuts coffee grounds and beans at most grocery stores with an EBT card.
The History of EBT, SNAP, and Food Stamps
Food stamps began with the Food Stamp Program of 1939. After the Great Depression, the government initiated this program to help low-income Americans purchase nutritious food. It has since improved from using actual paper stamps to using EBT as part of the updated Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
An Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card is more accessible than traditional paper stamps. EBT works just like a debit card and has money preloaded onto it monthly by the program. Then, swipe at check out!
How Do I Apply for EBT?
To apply for an EBT card, you first must make sure you are eligible. Eligibility is different state by state, but generally, you must meet two income limits: gross and net monthly income. These incomes are determined by household size.
For example, a household size of one would have to make a gross monthly income of $1,396 or less and have a net monthly income of $1,074 or less. To see more information on how to calculate income limits, click here.
To find out more about eligibility requirements and apply, you must contact your state agency through your local SNAP office, visit their website, or call their toll-free number. You can use this interactive map to click on your state and find all the SNAP contact information to begin your application.
Once your application is approved, you will receive your EBT card and can begin using it at any store that accepts EBT. So let SNAP help you put healthy meals on the table for your family today.
Unfortunately, Dunkin’ Donuts does not accept EBT cards, SNAP, or food stamps at its retail locations. Luckily, you can still enjoy your favorite Dunkin’ Donuts coffee from your local grocery store and get donuts from many EBT-accepting bakeries. Just pick up some D.D. grounds at participating supermarkets and pay with your EBT card for fresh Dunkin’ coffee right at home.
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