Nutrition Assistance (formerly the Food Stamp Program) is Arizona’s program for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Nutrition Assistance provides eligible households with monthly benefits they can use to purchase nutritious food. By helping families fight food insecurity and meet one of their fundamental needs, they can focus on overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency.
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How to Apply
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Information We May Need
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Report a Change
Learn how to report a change to your existing Nutrition Assistance case.
The Restaurant Meals Program allows certain Nutrition Assistance (NA) participants to use their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to purchase prepared meals from participating restaurants. This may also include the deli section of a participating grocery store. This program is available to an NA household if every person in the household meets one or more of the following conditions:
List of Restaurants Participating in the Meals Program
What if there is a restaurant I would like to be involved with the Restaurant Meals Program?
Give the manager or owner of the restaurant this flyer about the Restaurant Meals Program for merchants.
I am a restaurant that is interested in participating in the Restaurant Meals Program. What do I need to do?
For more information, see the flyer about the Restaurant Meals Program for merchants.
To get started or to renew participation, download the form Restaurant Meals Program Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Once complete, the MOU and copies of the government photo ID must be sent to the Department of Economic Security Family Assistance Administration by any of the following methods:
Email to: [email protected]
Fax to: 602-256-4856
DBME Systems Administrator/EBT Project Director
P.O.Box 6123, Mail Drop 33I1
Phoenix, Arizona 85005
Do I need a different EBT card to use at a restaurant?
No, if you or your household meets one or more of the conditions listed on the webpage, your EBT card has been enabled to use at participating restaurants.
Do all restaurants participate in the Restaurant Meals Program?
No, participating restaurants are listed on the webpage and updated quarterly. Look for signs that the restaurant accepts EBT.
Do restaurants charge sales tax for meals?
Restaurants should not be charging sales tax when you purchase your meal using your EBT card. You should review your receipts before leaving the restaurant. If you were charged sales tax in error, you should first attempt to resolve this with the restaurant. You also can call the telephone number on the back of your EBT card and open a dispute claim.
As announced by Governor Ducey, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service authorized Arizona to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Online Purchasing Pilot. Nutrition Assistance recipients will be able to make online purchases for grocery items with authorized SNAP retailers.
The following authorized SNAP retailers accept EBT payment for online transactions:
Frequently Asked Questions
View frequently asked questions related to SNAP Online Purchasing.
Become a SNAP Internet Retailer
Retailers who are interested in online purchasing for SNAP EBT must meet USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) requirements and obtain authorization to participate. To learn more, visit the FNS Online Purchasing website, and view FNS requirements.
Through the Double Up Food Bucks Program, individuals receiving Nutrition Assistance can take home twice as many fruits and vegetables when they use their benefits at select farmers markets, CSAs, farm stands, and corner stores.
For additional documents, brochures and pamphlets related to the Nutrition Assistance program, please visit our Document Center.