(Last updated on 11/18/19)
Online grocery shopping with delivery has been around for over 20 years but has particularly taken off over the last few years. Grocery store giants like Walmart, Amazon, Whole Foods, Safeway and upstarts like Fresh Direct and apps like Instacart are all getting in on the action. Unfortunately, the 40 million Americans on food stamps have not been able to buy groceries online until recently. In this post, we are going to provide a detailed list of grocery stores that accept EBT online.
In this article, we will cover the following topics:
- Current EBT Program Rules
- USDA Online EBT Pilot Program
- Grocery Stores That Accept EBT Online for Delivery
- 3 Surprising EBT Perks You May Not Know About
Current EBT Program Rules
For the 40 million Americans currently receiving food stamps, the EBT card is how they access their benefits.
The EBT card acts as a debit card and allows the cardholder to purchase food that is on the approved list, from grocery stores and other merchants that are approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accept food stamps.
However, even though online grocery shopping is available nationwide, EBT cardholders have been restricted in using their cards to buy food online until the USDA started the Online EBT pilot program in 2017.
USDA Online EBT Pilot Program
The United States Department of Agriculture, the federal agency that oversees the foods stamps program started the Online Purchasing Pilot in January 2017 with select retailers for the initial launch of the EBT Online Purchasing Pilot.
The USDA, in an update in February 2019 expects all approved merchants to have their program up and running in 2019. Which means that in all likelihood, EBT cardholders in states with approved merchants will be able to use their food stamps to purchase food online in 2019.
Below is a list of grocery stores that accept EBT online and participate in the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot.
We will describe in detail each grocery store’s online EBT program and what state they operate in. We will also cover how you can place an order using your food stamps card and have it delivered to you.
Grocery Stores That Accept EBT Online for Delivery
FreshDirect participates in the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot and allows those with EBT to purchase food online and have it delivered to their doorstep in the locations indicated below.
How it Works
Customers paying with an EBT Card can create a FreshDirect account and shop at the website the same way all our customers do. To visit the FreshDirect site, click here.
There is a minimum purchase of $30 for customers using the EBT card.
What You Can Buy
Only approved items on the food stamps list are allowed in orders that are paid with the EBT card. Click here for a list of approved food stamps items.
How to Pay with EBT
At checkout, you need to select the EBT option for payment. After your order is submitted, customers paying with EBT cards will see an estimated total.
On the day of delivery, there will be two totals: one final and one EBT Purchase Total. Based on Federal regulations, the EBT Purchase Total will be the lesser of the other two totals.
FreshDirect is currently delivering fresh food and groceries to select Bronx ZIP codes of 10454 and 10455 for customers using Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards.
The company plans to roll this out to more areas nationwide once the pilot is successful. We will update you when new states and locations are added.
How Delivery Works
Your order will be delivered during the timeslot you selected at checkout. When they arrive to deliver your order, you will be required to swipe your EBT card and enter your PIN for the EBT Purchase Total as shown at checkout.
There will be no delivery fee, tax or surcharge for EBT pilot program deliveries
ShopRite participates in the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot and allows those with EBT to purchase food online.
How it Works
You can shop online for groceries with your EBT card. To begin, visit the ShopRite website. There is no minimum purchase.
You can shop online and pick up in store at all ShopRite locations. Delivery of groceries is only available in ShopRite locations in the following states:
- New Jersey
- New York
How to Pay with EBT
If you ordered for store pick up, select EBT at checkout. You need to bring your EBT card and ID to the store for payment when you pick up your order.
If you ordered online for delivery, you have the option to pay online or pay at the time of delivery. If you choose to pay on delivery, you must be present when your order is delivered.
Your EBT card will be processed at the time of delivery and you will be asked to enter your PIN number to complete the payment process.
Walmart participates in the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot and allows those with EBT to purchase food online in select locations. The only caveat is that Walmart does not currently offer delivery for online grocery purchases.
How it Works
You can shop online for groceries with your EBT card. To begin, click on the link on a participating Walmart store location below and you will be taken to their website where you can shop online.
If you have questions, call the phone number of the participating store near you.
Currently, Walmart is only allowing EBT cardholders to shop online for pick up at the select Walmart locations in the following states: Texas, Idaho, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, Colorado, Florida, New York, Indiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas.
Here is the full list of Walmart Locations participating in the EBT online purchase program as of November 2018:
- Walmart Supercenter 297: Porter, TX, 77365
- Walmart Supercenter 2781: Nampa, ID, 83686
- Walmart Supercenter 3739: Nampa, ID, 83687
- Walmart Supercenter 3093: Meridian, ID, 83642
- Walmart Supercenter 2862: Meridian, ID, 83642
- Walmart Supercenter 5823: Dallas, TX, 75231
- Walmart Supercenter 5058: Antioch, TN, 37013
- Walmart Supercenter 3185: Huntsville, AL, 35810
- Walmart Supercenter 1481: Homewood, AL, 35209
- Walmart Supercenter 1463: Xenia, OH, 45385
- Walmart Supercenter 1659: Brighton, CO, 80601
- Walmart Supercenter 3126: Centennial, CO, 80015
- Walmart Supercenter 1213: Brooksville, FL, 34613
- Walmart Supercenter 5300: Gibsonton, FL, 33534
- Walmart Supercenter 967: Spring Hill, FL, 34606
- Walmart Supercenter 2447: Cincinnati, OH, 45238
- Walmart Supercenter 1443: Cincinnati, OH, 45245
- Walmart Supercenter 2275: Oxford, OH, 45056
- Walmart Supercenter 1410: Troy, OH, 45373
- Walmart Supercenter 1966: Geneseo, NY, 14454
- Walmart Supercenter 4298: Humble, TX, 77396
- Walmart Supercenter 1618: Merrillville, IN, 46410
- Walmart Supercenter 5080: Hurst, TX, 76054
- Walmart Supercenter 564: Oklahoma City, OK, 73127
- Walmart Supercenter 7062: Gastonia, NC, 28054
- Walmart Supercenter 1010: Rockingham, NC, 28379
- Walmart Supercenter 1034: Shelby, NC, 28152
- Walmart Supercenter 2588: North Versailles, PA, 15137
- Walmart Supercenter 388: Fort Smith, AR, 72904
- Walmart Supercenter 4579: Fort Smith, AR, 72908
How to Pay with EBT
To pay for your online grocery purchase at Walmart, select EBT at checkout and enter your card information. When you pick up your groceries at the participating store, be sure to bring your EBT card and your ID with you.
Amazon has been approved for the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot but has not yet launched their program to allow EBT cardholders to and allows those with EBT to purchase food online for delivery.
We will update you when Amazon begins offering online purchases for EBT cardholders.
In the meantime, Amazon.com currently offers EBT Cardholders over 50% discount on Amazon Prime membership. If you are an EBT cardholder and want to get Amazon prime at over 50% discount, click here.
With an Amazon Prime Membership, you can get the following perks that allow for food purchases online. Even though you cannot currently use your EBT card to shop online on Amazon.com, your prime membership gives you access to the following online shopping opportunities:
Amazon Fresh delivery
Prime members have access to AmazonFresh, which allows you to shop for food and have it delivered straight to your door. For an additional $14.99 per month, Prime members can shop at a large online grocery store at a same-day or next-day delivery.
Unlike AmazonFresh, Prime Pantry allows you to order lower-cost grocery or household products and ship them directly to you for a flat rate of $5.99 a box. If you order over five items, Amazon won’t charge any delivery fees.
Dash’s Market has been approved for the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot but has not yet launched their program to allow EBT cardholders to and allows those with EBT to purchase food online for delivery.
We will update you when Dash’s Market begins offering online purchases for EBT cardholders.
Hart’s Local Grocers
Hart’s Local Grocers has been approved for the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot but has not yet launched their program to allow EBT cardholders to and allows those with EBT to purchase food online for delivery.
We will update you when Hart’s Local Grocers begins offering online purchases for EBT cardholders.
Hy-Vee, Inc. has been approved for the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot but has not yet launched their program to allow EBT cardholders to and allows those with EBT to purchase food online for delivery.
We will update you when Hy-Vee, Inc. begins offering online purchases for EBT cardholders.
Safeway has been approved for the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot but has not yet launched their program to allow all EBT cardholders to use their EBT card online for the purchase of food for delivery. However, it seems as though Safeway is offerings their home grocery delivery service to select EBT cardholders.
Safeway states that “any person with a disability who uses EBT benefits and needs to use Safeway home grocery delivery service, please call 1-877-505-4040 or email us at [email protected].”
If you meet the conditions Safeway has stated above, please give them a call at the number listed above. We will update you when Safeway begins offering online purchases to all EBT cardholders.
Wright’s Markets, Inc
Wright’s Markets, Inc has been approved for the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot but has not yet launched their program to allow EBT cardholders to and allows those with EBT to purchase food online for delivery.
We will update you when Wright’s Markets begins offering online purchases for EBT cardholders.
3 Surprising EBT Perks You May Not Know About
You may not be aware but your EBT card comes with other amazing perks that most EBT cardholders are simply not taking advantage of. Here are the top 3 EBT perks you should know about:
Amazon Prime EBT Discount
There are currently 95 million Amazon Prime customers in the United States alone. It’s not hard to figure out why. If you have an EBT Card, you can now sign up for Amazon Prime EBT Discount and get all the great benefits that come with Prime membership, at a fraction of the cost.
Current Amazon Prime members pay $12.99 a month for membership. However, with your EBT card, you get all these perks of Prime Membership for $5.99.
That’s over 50% off the regular price. Click here to sign up for EBT Amazon Prime Membership Discount.
In addition to the AmazonFresh Delivery and Prime Pantry access described above that come with Prime Membership, you also get the following amazing benefits with the EBT prime membership of $5.99 a month.
Here are the Top 5 great perks you get with Prime Membership:
- Free Two-Day Shipping – Prime members get free two-day shipping on millions of items on Amazon.
- Free Same-Day or One-Day Shipping – In some cities, prime members can get free same-day (or one-day) shipping on orders over $35 made before 9 a.m. Orders made after 9 a.m. for these cities can get next-day free shipping.
- Prime Discount at Whole Foods – Prime members shopping at Whole Foods get a 10% discount on all sale and select items.
- Prime Video – Another great perk is of having Amazon Prime is the ability to stream videos, including hundreds of movies and TV shows, at no additional charge. Video streaming is unlimited and you can download videos onto your phone to watch later.
- Music Streaming – Amazon Prime offers members music streaming to millions of tunes.
Discounted or Free Admissions to Museums
Another great perk EBT cardholders can take advantage of is FREE or discounted admissions to Museums. Here are examples of great perks EBT cardholders in the state Massachusetts can get with their EBT cards:
Boston Children’s Museum – $2 With EBT Card. Up to 4 people per card, per visit)
Boston Symphony Orchestra – Complimentary tickets available to EBT cardholders. Tickets may be obtained by visiting the Symphony Hall Box Office with your EBT card or by calling SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200.)
Discovery Museum – $1 Anytime EBT Admission for the cardholder and up to 5 additional family members.)
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum – $4 per person above age 12. Up to 4 individuals per EBT card.
New England Aquarium – Up to four admission tickets at a discounted rate of $5 per person with an EBT or WIC card. Valid any day the Aquarium is open. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Not valid for whale watches or at the Simons IMAX Theatre. The Aquarium does not process EBT transactions — cash or other payment must be provided.
The Sports Museum – For public tours admissions — $3 per adult, children under 18 are free with valid EBT card present.
USS Constitution Museum – Free admission for EBT cardholders and their guests.
Zoo New England– EBT cardholders receive admission for $4 per person, for up to four people at both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo. Simply present your card at the Admissions booth to receive this discounted rate.
Discount or FREE Cell Phone Services
If you are currently on Food Stamps/EBT Cardholder, and your income is below a certain level, you may qualify for FREE or low-cost cell phone service for you or a member of your family through the Federal Lifeline Program, which serves nearly 13 million Americans.
This program provides discounts on cell phone service for qualifying low-income consumers, including those on Food Stamps. Here are the cell phone companies that participate in the program Nationwide.
Assurance Wireless – 1 (888) 898-4888
Safelink Wireless – 1 (800) 723-3546
Access Wireless – 1 (866) 594-3644
enTouch Wireless – 1 (866) 488-8719
Q-Link Wireless – 1 (855) 754-6543
Life Wireless – 1 (888) 543-3620
StandUp Wireless – 1 (800) 544-4441
If you have any questions about the list of grocery stores that accept EBT online or EBT perks that come with your EBT card, please ask us in the comments section.
If you are having problems shopping online using your EBT card at the grocery stores listed above, we would like to know as this is a pilot program.
The more feedback we get, the better so we can keep our readers informed about the most up to date information regarding how to use EBT cards to shop online.
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