Grocery Stores That Accept EBT Online for Ordering and Delivery

Grocery Stores That Accept EBT Online for Delivery: 

Using EBT cards for online grocery ordering and grocery delivery is not common. Keep reading this article for the list of groceries stores involving EBT food delivery, plus which stores deliver groceries bought with EBT cards outside of these special programs.

Grocery Stores That Accept EBT Online for Delivery

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.

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Grocery Stores That Accept EBT Online for Delivery

EBT Online Ordering Pilot

A pilot has been initiated by the USDA that allows SNAP recipients to purchase groceries online. Unlike the EBT food delivery pilot in 2016, not all of the stores participating in this online shopping pilot provide delivery services.

In some cases, the groceries may be purchased online but must then be picked up in the store.

Participating States

Not all states are participating in this pilot. To date, the following states are expected to participate:

  • Alabama
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Participating Retailers

While the USDA anticipates all approved retailers to be actively participating in the pilot by 2019, some retailers are already accepting EBT payments for online grocery shopping.

Below, we’ve provided the list of retailers that have been accepted to participate in this EBT online shopping pilot. For those retailers already accepting EBT payments, we’ve outlined their store policies regarding the pilot. Note that this pilot is only open to recipients living in the above states.

Amazon

Pilot Status: Approved and accepting EBT in select markets

Delivery Area: New York only at the time of this writing (July 2019), according to the Amazon SNAP EBT FAQ

Minimum Purchase: There is no minimum purchase to place an order; however, to receive free shipping, the minimum order is $50 for AmazonFresh or $25 for Amazon Grocery and Prime Pantry.

Payment Method: New York SNAP EBT card. You can also combine your EBT card with another form of payment, such as a credit card, if the order includes non-SNAP eligible items.

Fees: Prime membership fees are not required. Delivery fees of $5.99 to $9.99 will apply if you don’t meet the minimum order amount for free shipping.

According to Amazon’s website and an Amazon customer service representative, Amazon currently accepts EBT as a form of payment in New York only. The customer service representative did not have a date as to when Amazon will expand this program to more markets.

Dash’s Market

Pilot Status: Approved but not yet accepting EBT

Delivery Area: Not yet known

Minimum Purchase: Not yet known

Payment Method: Not yet known

Fees: Not yet known

The implementation of online payment with an EBT card has been delayed. There is no confirmed date regarding when EBT payments will be accepted, according to a Dash’s Market customer service representative.

FreshDirect.com

Pilot Status: Approved and accepting EBT for online ordering and delivery

Delivery Area: Bronx, NY zip codes 10454 and 10455

Minimum Purchase: $30

Payment Method: Order must be paid with EBT only. It cannot be split with credit, debit, or another form of payment.

Fees: No taxes, surcharge, or delivery fee

Hart’s Local Grocers

Pilot Status: Approved but not yet accepting EBT

Delivery Area: Not yet known

Minimum Purchase: Not yet known

Payment Method: Not yet known

Fees: Not yet known

Hart’s Local Grocers is working with New York State to implement a system to accept EBT cards for online ordering, but they are not currently set up to do so, per a Hart’s customer service representative. Hart’s hopes to be participating in the pilot sometime in 2019.

Hy-Vee, Inc.

Pilot Status: Approved but not yet accepting EBT

Delivery Area: Not yet known

Minimum Purchase: Not yet known

Payment Method: Not yet known

Fees: Not yet known

According to Hy-Vee’s website, they are currently unable to process EBT payments for online shopping.

Safeway, Inc.

Pilot Status: Approved but not yet accepting EBT

Delivery Area: Not yet known

Minimum Purchase: Not yet known

Payment Method: Not yet known

Fees: Not yet known

According to Safeway’s website, they are currently not accepting EBT payments for online orders.

ShopRite

Pilot Status: Approved and accepting EBT for online ordering

Delivery Area: Online shopping with in store pick-up is available at all ShopRite locations. However, online shopping with delivery varies by location. The following states have some ShopRite locations that do offer home delivery: Maryland, New Jersey, and New York

Minimum Purchase: No minimum purchase

Payment Method: For pick-up orders, choose a payment method when checking out online. Bring your EBT card and ID to the store for payment when you pick up your order. For delivery orders, you may pay online or choose pay on delivery.

If you choose pay on delivery, you must be present when your order is delivered, and you must have your EBT card available so the payment may be processed.

Fees: Pick-up and delivery fees vary by store location. Find your local ShopRite store.

Walmart Stores, Inc.

Pilot Status: Approved and accepting EBT for online ordering and in-store pickup only, no delivery. Currently, only stores in participating zip codes are eligible to participate. The list of zip codes and participating stores is available on Walmart Grocery Help.

Delivery Area: No delivery.

Minimum Purchase: According to a Walmart customer service representative, the minimum purchase amount is $30

Payment Method: Enter your EBT card information upon checkout and make sure to bring your EBT card and your ID with you when you pick up your order in store.

Fees: Normal taxes will apply

Wright’s Markets, Inc.

Pilot Status: Approved but not yet accepting EBT

Delivery Area: Not yet known

Minimum Purchase: Not yet known

Payment Method: Not yet known

Fees: Not yet known

Wright’s Markets is not yet accepting EBT cards as a form of online payment, per a Wright’s Markets customer service representative. It is unknown when they will implement online ordering using EBT cards.

EBT cards outside of these special programs.

Stores That Accept EBT for Delivery Outside of Pilot Programs

In addition to the retailers who have been selected to participate in the EBT online ordering pilot, there are a few other retailers currently offering delivery for those paying with an EBT card.

We’ve spoken with customer service representatives and visited the websites of the following retailers to create the list of stores that offer online EBT ordering for SNAP recipients.

Albertsons

Delivery Area: Albertsons offers grocery delivery in a variety of areas. To find out if your area is eligible for grocery delivery, you may search by zip code on their website.

Minimum Purchase: $49

Payment Method: While Albertsons typically does not accept EBT for grocery delivery, the exception to this rule is if you are a recipient of SNAP with a disability and live in Arizona.

If you need to utilize Albertsons’ grocery delivery due to a disability and pay with your EBT card, you may do so by calling (877) 505-4040 or emailing [email protected]

Fees: Regular home delivery is usually $9.95 for orders of $150 or more and $12.95 on orders under $150. Additional fees that vary, such as a fuel surcharge, may sometimes be applied.

Fresh Madison Market

Delivery Area: The 41 zip codes in the greater Madison, Wisconsin area.

Minimum Purchase: No minimum order amount

Payment Method: Use your EBT card upon check out

Fees: No delivery fee but a standard $5.95 order fee is applied to each order

Schwan’s

Delivery Area: There are multiple Schwan’s locations throughout the country that offer online EBT ordering and home delivery. To verify that your local Schwan’s is eligible for this service, call (888) 724-9267 and provide your zip code.

Minimum Purchase: No minimum order amount

Payment Method: To pay via EBT, place your order online and choose “deliver to my door.” Since there is no option to enter an EBT card during the online checkout process, you will need to have a credit card number on file with Schwan’s.

However, the company will not charge your credit card when you place the order. Instead, when your Route Sales Representative delivers your order, you’ll need to present your EBT card to him or her.

Schwan’s delivery trucks are equipped with pin pads to process credit, debit, and EBT transactions at the time of delivery. EBT is only available for home delivery orders; you cannot place a mail order and pay via EBT.

Fees: Orders of $49.99 or more receive free delivery. Orders under $49.99 will be assessed a delivery fee usually around $2 to $4.

FAQs

1. What items are eligible for purchase with SNAP EBT funds?

According to government requirements, SNAP EBT funds can only be used for SNAP-eligible food items that are shipped and sold by Amazon.com. You can identify which items on Amazon are eligible for purchase with SNAP by looking for the “SNAP EBT eligible” label near the product name.

2. Can I buy non-SNAP eligible items with an alternative form of payment?

Yes, you can buy non-SNAP-eligible items (or SNAP-eligible items) with other forms of payment. Simply add an additional payment method, such as a gift card, credit card or debit card, at checkout. Customers can also add cash to their Amazon Balance at any participating Amazon Cash location.

3. Can I use coupons on my SNAP EBT purchase?

Currently, Amazon does not accept paper coupons (like those from newspapers). However, we have our own online coupons that are available for all customers, including customers using SNAP. Look for the “Save $X.XX” flags while you are shopping.

Bottom Line

Currently, grocery delivery for purchases made with an EBT card aren’t common, but the USDA is working on making delivery available at more stores. The USDA also has a pilot program for online grocery ordering using EBT. While these retailers allow online ordering with an EBT card, only some offer delivery services.

There are additional retailers outside of the pilot program who do offer delivery services and accept EBT as a payment method. These delivery services are usually restricted to specific areas and some have additional fees, such as delivery or online ordering fees.

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