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9 Incredible DC EBT Discounts

9 Incredible DC EBT Discounts

Got DC EBT? If you’ve got food stamps in Washington DC, you may be surprised at all the amazing freebies and deals you may qualify for. From discounted Amazon Prime, $5/month internet and low-cost zoo admission, you need to know about this!

6 Things You Need to Know about DC EBT

After years of reporting on food stamps issues, I’ve learned there are some common misunderstandings about food stamps and how they work.

  • Apply for DC EBT online. It’s easy and convenient! If you don’t have EBT yet, apply now!
  • You can buy fruit trees. It’s true! You can buy much more than just groceries. You can buy seeds and produce-bearing plants with your DC food stamps card! You can also buy certain gift baskets and birthday cakes. Here are some other surprising things you can buy with food stamps.
  • Shop smart. You may be able to get more food for your money at farmer’s markets and You-Pick Strawberry Fields!
  • You may be eligible for more food stamps. The algorithm is complicated and sometimes mistakes are made. Many people aren’t getting the right amount.
  • You can get cash back (it’s legal)! With smart shopping techniques, you can put cash back in your pocket when you shop with EBT. Here’s how.
  • You can shop at many places. Sure, you can spend your food stamps at the grocery store down the street… but you may be able to get better deals from places like Costco, Schwan’s and even Community Supported Agriculture programs! Some retailers, such as Farmer’s Markets, often offer double-up programs where you can get twice as much food as you pay for. Here’s where you can shop with EBT.
  • You can use your EBT card in other states! Not only can you shop in other states, you can also get EBT discounts in other states. All of our state lists use green titles to indicate what venues accept out-of-state EBT cards for discounts.
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Be sure to check out the DC EBT admission discounts later in the article!

7+ DC EBT Discounts

An EBT card in DC can unlock some amazing savings! We’ve found freebies and deals for everyone with food stamps.

50% off Amazon Prime

Amazon offers discounted Amazon Prime memberships for customers who receive EBT or Medicaid benefits! Amazon Prime includes FREE two-day shipping and FREE streaming access to thousands of titles. Get your Amazon Prime discount here!

$5 Internet

Internet for just $5 per month?! It’s true! We’ve found a series of low income Internet discounts from providers like Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T, Cox Communications and more!

Capital Bikeshare for All

Capital Bikeshare offers affordable transportation options for everyone. If you have DC EBT, you may qualify for a $0-5 annual membership with unlimited rides! Here’s what you need to know.

Free Cell Phones & Service

Free cell phones and free monthly cell phone service may also be available to you. This list of nationwide providers will reveal the best offer in your area.

Free Computers

Free and low cost computers are available from several organizations! If you qualify for EBT, you may also qualify for a free or low cost computer, laptop or tablet. Here’s the list of providers.

Free Farmer’s Market Produce

Many DC Farmer’s Markets offer a free $10 incentive for shoppers with DC EBT.

YMCA Discounts

YMCA organizations typically offer discounts for low income individuals and families. Contact your local YMCA for details.

Other Discounts

If you’ve got a DC EBT card, then you may also be eligible for these assistance programs:

Get museum discounts with your DC EBT card!

It is important to remember that you cannot pay for admission with your food stamps funds. You will show your DC EBT card to receive the discount but you will need to pay the remaining admission price, if any, in cash or with a credit/debit card.

You can use out-of-state EBT cards in some cases. All venues with green titles accept out-of-state EBT cards! Check our other state lists to see what your DC EBT card can do!

Georgetown Heritage – Discount unclear

Georgetown Heritage was previously listed as a Museums for All member but has been removed from the list. It is not clear if they offer a DC EBT discount at this time.

International Spy Museum – $3 per person

Learn about the exciting world of spies at the International Spy Museum! The Museum will teach you about cover identities, spy skills, spy history and villains. Interactive spy experiences are also available.

Visit the museum for just $3 per person. There is a limit of 4 discounts per EBT card, but guests under age 6 are free. As a Museums for All member, the International Spy Museum honors EBT cards from all 50 states!

Museum of the Bible – $3 or less per person

The Museum of the Bible has interactive exhibits that help people experience the Bible in different ways. They have joined Museums for All but they haven’t displayed discount information on their website yet.

National Building Museum – FREE

The National Building Museum welcomes guests for FREE when you can show your SNAP EBT card! Up to four guests per card.

National Children’s Museum – $3 per person

If you’ve got EBT benefits, you can submit a request online to receive the Museums for All discount rate. You can receive up to four tickets for $3 each. A ticket is required for all guests over 1 year old. Unlike other Museums for All entry programs, you will need to register at least one week before you intend to visit. You can make your request using this form on their website.

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Nicole is the owner and lead researcher for Low Income Relief. She has over 20 years of professional research and writing experience, and she has been solely dedicated to investigating low income topics for the last 10 years. Nicole started Low Income Relief after a personal experience with poverty. When her husband was medically discharged from the US Army, their family experienced tremendous financial hardship. Nicole was able to gather help from multiple community agencies and move into a nearby low income housing unit in just two weeks! Since then, Nicole has been dedicated to helping low income families in crisis. She regularly spends hundreds of hours combing through countless resources to make sure that Low Income Relief has the most comprehensive and complete resource directories on the internet today. Prior to starting Low Income Relief, Nicole worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more. Her work has also been featured by Google for Publishers and other leading industry publications.


Sunday 4th of July 2021

In DC you can also use EBT at the wharf, on ANYTHING there. I go each summer at least once to get a bushel or 2 of crabs, which ebt covers

Melissa Mills

Tuesday 18th of October 2016

Nicole, in DC most of the museums, monuments, government offices and facilities are free of just a suggested donation.


Wednesday 19th of October 2016

That's awesome!!! I'm going to look into that. Thanks for sharing!