If you’re one of the 42 million Americans who receive SNAP benefits, you might be wondering where you can use your EBT card.
The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is a system that allows people who are enrolled in SNAP to pay for food using their SNAP benefits. You can use your EBT card like a regular debit card to purchase eligible food items from authorized retailers including stores like Target and Costco.
There are many retailers and grocery stores that accept EBT. But, is Walmart one of them?
Many of us shop at Walmart, so it makes sense to use your EBT at the store.
In today’s post, I’ll cover whether Walmart takes SNAP benefits. I’ll cover questions like, “Does Walmart take EBT online?” as well, so that you know exactly how to use your benefits at the grocery store.
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Does Walmart Take EBT?
You can use your food stamp benefits at Walmart stores across the United States to purchase SNAP-eligible items. You can also use your EBT card online, but more on that below.
What can I buy with EBT at Walmart?
Okay, so you can use your EBT card at Walmart, but what exactly can you purchase.
Here’s what you can buy at Walmart with your SNAP benefits:
- Bread and cereals
- Red meat, such as ground beef, steak, and ribs
- Desserts like ice cream, cookies, or brownies
- Dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese
- Cold sandwiches
- Soft drinks like Sprite and Pepsi
- Energy drinks like Red Bull
- Pork products, such as chops, bacon, tenderloin, and sausages
- Snack crackers
What can’t you purchase with SNAP Benefits?
There are some items that you can’t use your EBT card to purchase.
Here’s what you can’t purchase with SNAP benefits:
- Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco
- Vitamins, medicines, and supplements.
- Live animals (except shellfish, fish removed from water, and animals slaughtered prior to pick-up from the store).
- Foods that are hot when sold.
- Non-food items, such as:
- Cleaning supplies
- Paper products
- Pet foods
- Hygiene items
Does Walmart Take EBT Online?
Yes, Walmart accepts EBT online. This is not, however, available in all states. EBT cards are accepted online in 44 states for grocery pickup and delivery orders.
People in the following states can use their EBT card to pay for groceries online:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
People in the following states can use their EBT card at pickup, including:
How to Use EBT at Walmart Online
Here’s how you can use your SNAP benefits when you order groceries with Walmart online:
Step one: Update your payment information
Sign in to your Walmart pickup and delivery account. Select “Payment Methods.” If your local Walmart store accepts EBT online, then you will have the option to add your EBT card to your account.
Add your card information, and then click “Save Card.”
Now that you have connected your EBT card to your account, you will be able to use EBT online with no-basket minimums. But, you will need to allow up to 24 hours for the no-basket minimum to take effect on your account.
Step Two: Shop for groceries online
Once you have updated your payment information, you can start adding items to your cart. When you view your cart, you’ll be able to see the total for EBT-eligible items.
After you’ve reviewed the cart, you can select “Checkout,” to pay for and complete your order.
Step Three: Complete your order
Next, you’ll need to pay for your order. You can pay with your EBT card at Walmart. On the “Select Payment Method” screen, select the checkbox to pay with EBT.
Enter the EBT amount you’d like to use. If your EBT funds can’t cover the whole order, then you can divide the total with a personal debit or credit card.
When you are finished entering your payment method, or methods, select “Continue.”
You will then be directed to an external page to enter your PIN. The numbers on the pin pad will shuffle after each entry for security purposes.
Once you’ve entered your PIN, you will be linked back to Walmart to complete your order.
Thankfully, Walmart does take EBT at both its stores and online. As I said, you can use your EBT to pay online in 44 states, which is pretty good. So, it’s good to know that you can use your food stamps on your next Walmart shop.