While claiming to provide an invaluable public service, all Jack-in-the-Box restaurants in San Antonio, Texas, are announcing they will now be accepting payment via EBT cards.
“This is a great program for those customers who need financial assistance to help them feed their families, especially for some seniors and those who cannot cook for themselves,” a spokesman for the fast food chain told local San Antonio news outlet KENS5.
Two USDA programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, allot a predetermined amount of monthly benefits for poor families in the form of “food stamps,” as they are colloquially referred to, via an “E.B.T.” (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card.
Specifically prohibited in Texas’ EBT SNAP program, known as the Lone Star Card, are “hot foods,” which means virtually all food items produced by Jack-in-the-Box.
However, poverty-stricken Texans eligible for Lone Star TANF benefits, on the other hand, can now swing by the chain for a jumbo-sized Ultimate Cheeseburger combo, as Jack-in-the-Box is “rolling out technology that would allow all of its San Antonio locations to accept Lonestar, EBT, Cash Aid and TANF cards,” according to KENS5.