So far, seven states permit restaurants to accept the EBT cards:: California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon and Texas.

EBT are typically sorted into two general categories:
Food and Cash benefits.

Food benefits are federally authorized benefits that can be used only to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages. Food benefits, formerly called Food Stamps, are now called SNAP [Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program].
Food Stamp benefits can only be used to purchase food items authorized by the USDA's SNAP program. These include chewing gum, pastries, desserts, and snack foods.

Cash benefits include State General Assistance, TANF (Temporary Aid for Needy Families) benefits and refugee benefits.
Cash benefits may be used to purchase any item at a participating retailer, as well as to obtain cash-back or make a cash withdrawal from a participating ATM.