As of March 2020, there are EBT eligible items on Amazon! You can register your SNAP EBT card with Amazon, and shop for food and household items. You will be able to identify available items by searching for EBT items. New York, Los Angels, Chicago are the most significant cities that amazon is accepting SNAP payments.
How to Use EBT Benefits with Amazon
There are over a hundred thousand items on Amazon. There are a couple of ways to use your EBT credit towards Amazon Purchases:
- You can register your Snap debit card to your amazon account.
- You can select “EBT Card” upon checkout
Registering your EBT SNAP card will allow you to view items that are available to purchase through your SNAP benefits. If you were to shop Amazon without a registered SNAP card, then you would not be able to easily see which items are available to you.
There is a way to search for EBT available items without registering your SNAP EBT card. Search specifically for “EBT availability.” Suppose you are buying multiple things that you would like shipped in the same order. You can choose a payment option during the checkout phase of your order to deduct the SNAP eligible items.
Do I Need a Prime Account for EBT Eligibility?
Amazon does not require a user to have Prime in order to make purchases. You will, however, be expected to pay shipping without a Prime membership. One benefit of signing up for Amazon Prime is reduced or free shipping costs.
The benefit of registering your EBT account through Amazon is that you are suggested items that are eligible for EBT purchases. You are shown the shipping costs before adding the item to your cart.
If you were to enter in your SNAP card only during the checkout portion of your order, you might find that there were items in your cart that are not eligible for SNAP EBT purchases.
What Amazon Stores Accept EBT Snap Payments
When you walk into a superstore like Walmart or Target, there are specific isles and sections of the store designed for your particular needs. Amazon has created the same departments but in a digital interface. There are specific places on the Amazon website that offer fresh produce or home useful items that fit into your budget.
Amazon Fresh is your online grocery store offering perishable and nonperishable items. It is like walking on a regular grocery store with all the amenities that you valued but at your fingertips.
Amazon Grocery has some useful home items like cleaning supplies and detergents that you might need.
Amazon Pantry is a specific sect of Amazon items that are dry goods only. Nonperishable items like beans or tomato paste can turn any meal into a dining feast. All of these items are reasonably priced and useful when cooking.
How to Identify EBT Eligible Items
To know which items are available for EBT SNAP purchases, you first have to register your EBT account. This may be an unsettling action, but it will help you out in the long run. You can buy EBT eligible items along with other items with your regular credit or debit card. Still, unless you register your account with Amazon, you will not be able to see SNAP EBT eligible items in a general search.
Searching specifically for items that are EBT eligible will prompt you to a page of things that are purchasable with an EBT card, but if you have not registered your SNAP account, then you may have to pay for that item out-of-pocket upon checkout.
How Shipping Works with EBT purchases
There are a ton of ways to get free shipping through Amazon without being a member of Prime. Each store that Amazon offers provides free shipping to EBT accounts if you spend over $35. If you are purchasing items that are not EBT eligible in the same shopping basket as EBT items, Amazon will recognize this and separate the orders.
You can pay for items conjointly with an EBT card and a debit card. The downside is that you will have to pay shipping fees on the items that are not EBT eligible if you don’t have a Prime account.
What states are eligible for EBT Amazon Purchases?
Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
States Not Eligible for EBT Purchases Through Amazon
Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Utah.