Got Virginia EBT? If you’re receiving food stamps in Virginia, you’ll be glad to know that your card can do so much more than just buy groceries. You can use it to get discounted admission to museums and as proof of eligibility for other programs. If you’ve got Virginia EBT, you don’t want to miss this!
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Danville Science Center – $2 per adult, $1 per youth/senior
The Danville Science Center offers a great Museums for All discount.They charge just $2 per adult and $1 per youth or senior.
In addition to offering discounted admission, they also offer a discounted price for their Dome Shows! If you have an EBT card, you can enjoy a Dome Show for just $3 per person instead of the standard $5-$6 charge. You can see the Dome Theater Showtimes on their website.
Amazement Square – $3 per person
If I lived in Virginia, I’d want to live near Amazement Square. If it’s half as good as it seems on the website, it’s worth visiting again and again.
Amazement Square’s nine galleries sprawl across four floors. Exhibits include ‘Amazement Tower,’ ‘Shipwreck Cove,’ Voltageville’ and ‘Once Upon a Building.’
Admission is just $3 per person through the Museums for All program. There is a limit of four discounts per EBT card.
Virginia Museum of Natural History – $2 per adults, $1 per youth
This Museums for All partner features a collection of permanent exhibits and some traveling ones. Permanent exhibits include Exploring Virginia, the Ice Age, Hall of Ancient Life and Discovery Reef. Browse their exhibits on their website!
Science Museum of Virginia – $2 for adults, $1 for youth/senior
Explore the exhibits, including live science shows and labs, for just $2 per adult and $1 per youth or senior! If you’d like to see a dome show, you’ll need to pay an extra $3 per person.
This museum is a Museums for All partner.
Did you know your Virginia food stamps card could be used here?!
Several of our visitors have pointed out that Virginia EBT cards have even more uses, too! Check out these interesting statewide benefits.
- Discount food markets
- Farmer’s Markets can also accept EBT cards. Some will even double your money and give you $20 in produce for just $10!
- Organic delivery services run by community-supported agriculture programs may also accept EBT.
- Costco also accepts EBT benefits.
- Schwan’s Trucks also accept EBT benefits. Order online, by phone or on the app. Please note that food stamps benefits will not cover the delivery charge. Make sure you can pay the delivery charge before you order! If you can’t pay the delivery charge, you will not be allowed to keep your order.
Got Virginia EBT?
You might qualify for these, too!
- Free Internet
- Low-cost Spay/Neuter services
- Summer Food Service programs
- Free cell phone
- Discounted utility bills
- Weatherization assistance
- Section 8 or Subsidized Housing
- Free/Low cost health and dental care
- Up to 75% off prescriptions
You can also use your Virginia food stamps benefits to buy these items:
- Seeds! EBT cards can buy fruit trees and vegetable seeds for gardening.
- Hot deli food that has been packaged and placed in the refrigerated section for easy reheating..
- Energy Drinks! If the drink has a nutrition facts label, it’s considered a food item. Drinks with a “supplement facts” label are not eligible because the FDA considers them supplements, not food.
- Live lobsters and other shellfish that you will eat.
- Pumpkins that are edible and not just ornamental.
- Birthday and other specially decorated cakes as long as the non-edible decorations do not exceed 50% of the purchase price of the cake.
- Gift baskets! Your EBT benefits can even help you purchase gifts for holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas (including pre-filled holiday stockings and tins) as long as the food value exceeds the non-food value. For example, the federal SNAP website indicates that a stuffed holiday bear holding a small box of chocolate would NOT be eligible because the value of the bear exceeds the value of the food. However, a gift basket with snack foods or candy and a small toy would be eligible because the food clearly accounts for more than 50% of the purchase price.