A North Carolina food stamps card can do so much more than buy groceries and give you cash benefits. It can also be used for discounted admission, growing a garden and so much more! Check out all the awesome and unadvertised NC food stamps perks we’ve discovered!
6 Things You Need to Know about North Carolina EBT
- Apply for North Carolina EBT online on the government website. This is the fastest and easiest way to apply for food benefits.
- You can buy fruit trees. Food stamps can be used to buy seeds, produce-bearing plants and even some birthday cakes! We’ve found several 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. Who doesn’t need more grocery money every month? You may be able to get more! Here’s what you need to know.
- You can get cash back (it’s legal)! We’ve helped users get hundreds of dollars back just by shopping with food stamps. It’s completely legal and very easy. Here’s how it’s done.
- You can shop at a lot of places! North Carolina EBT can be used at Costco, Schwans, CSAs, Farmer’s Markets and so much more. Check out our complete list!
Enjoy free produce when you use your SNAP or EBT!
North Carolina residents can use their SNAP or EBT cards to get extra produce when they buy fresh fruits and vegetables, up to $20 per customer, per day. There are two different fresh market programs in North Carolina, the Fresh Bucks program and the NC Triangle & Rural Farmers Market Double Bucks program.
The Fresh Bucks Program
The Fresh Bucks program works on a token system. The Fresh Bucks program will give you tokens to match your purchase of fruits and vegetables, dollar for dollar up to $20 of Fresh Bucks. The cool thing about this program is that you don’t have to use all of your tokens as soon as you get them. If you don’t or can’t use all of your tokens on one visit, you can bring them back on your next visit and use them then. Only certain locations participate in this program, so we have listed the following participating locations below:
- Access Connect Mobile Market, Greenville, NC.
- Alamance County Farmers Market, Burlington, NC.
- Durham Co-op Market, Durham, NC.
- Carteret Local Food Network, Newport, NC.
- Edenton Farmers Market, Edenton, NC.
- GRRO Mobile Market, Henderson, NC.
- Garyburg Farmers Market, Garysburg, NC.
- Historic Marion Tailgate Market, Marion, NC.
- Lenoir County Farmers Market, Kinston, NC.
- Lexington Farmers Market, Lexington, NC.
- Local Motive Mobile Market, Wilmington, NC.
- Market Square Farmers Market, Reidville, NC.
- Morganton Farmers Market, Manganton, NC.
- Nash Country Farmers Market, Rocky Mount, NC.
- Secotan Farmers Market, Manteo, NC.
- Spring Lake Farmers and Heritage Market, Spring Lake, NC.
- Washington District Market, Washington, NC.
- Windsor Farmers Market, Windsor, NC.
- Wilmington Farmers Market at Tidal Creek, Wilmington, NC.
NC Triangle & Rural Farmers Market Double Bucks
This program is a RAFI-USA and Blue Cross Blue Shield backed program that doubles :to purchase power of people using EBT and WIC FMNP at the farmers market. This program also matches the purchases from WIC and Section 8 Housing residents as well. Eligible residents can take advantage of the program anytime during working hours at the following locations:
Triangle Area Markets:
- Durham Farmers’ Market
- The Pavilion at Durham Central Park – 501 Foster Street Duham, NC 27701.
- South Durham Farmers’ Market
- Greenwood Commons Shopping Center – 5410 NC-55 Durham, NC 27713.
- East Durham Market
- 103 South Drive St. Durham, NC 27703.
- Carrboro Farmers’ Market
- 301 W Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510.
- Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market
- 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
- The Eno River Farmers’ Market
- 144 E Margaret Ln., Hillsborough, NC 27278.
Rural Farmers Markets
- Stanly Commons Market
- 1000 N 1st St, Albemarle, NC, United States, North Carolina.
- Ashe County Farmers Market
- 108 Backstreet in Downtown West Jefferson (across from the First Baptist Church)
- Leroy James Farmers Market
- 4560 County Home Road, Greenville, NC 27858.
- Market Square Farmers Market
- 303 S Scales St, Reidsville, NC 27320.
- Morganton Farmers Market
- 300 Beach St. Morganton, NC 28655.
Got NC food stamps? Get incredible discounts!
Amazon offers steep discounts on Amazon Prime membership for low income customers! You’ll need to verify that you receive food stamps or Medicaid to get this incredible price.
FREE Fishing License waivers are available to NC food stamps recipients. In fact, any North Carolina residents with either a Medicaid, EBT, or Work First Family Assistance program letter can get a fishing license waiver.
The waiver provides basic fishing license privileges for inland, coastal and joint waters. It’s valid for 12 months and may be renewed annually through your local DSS office.
Internet is essential to daily life. You could qualify for Internet as low as $5 per month!
Property tax exemptions for low-income seniors and disabled veterans may be available from your local county assessor’s office. Contact your assessor’s office for more information, including income limits and application instructions.
Student loans? If you qualify for NC food stamps, you also qualify for income-based repayment plans! These plans can cost you as little as ZERO dollars per month and can even result in total loan forgiveness! Get the details on these low income student loan repayment plans here!
Veterinary care is so expensive! If you need help paying for pet care, we’ve found some resources for you. Get the details here!
YMCA usually offer discounts for low income individuals and families. If you’ve got NC food stamps, you may be able to get a discounted membership to your local YMCA! Since details vary by location, you’ll need to contact them directly for more information.
Get museum admission discounts with your NC food stamps!
For your convenience, we’ve organized our free and discounted museum admission list alphabetically by city. We’ve also used green titles for museums that accept EBT cards from all 50 states. Museums with black titles only accept NC food stamps cards for the discount.
Please note that you cannot pay for admission with your EBT card. You will show the 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.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden – $1 per person
This all-seasons garden is located in 380 acres along the banks of Lake Wylie. It features spectacular gardens, sparking fountains, a conservatory with tropical plants and orchids, a garden store, nature trails and more.
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum – FREE
BRAHM is located in the small village of Blowing Rock, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s goal is to promote the arts, history and heritage of the mountains through programs, exhibits and collections. You can browse their current exhibits by clicking here.
Children’s Playhouse – FREE Memberships
Located in the High Country, Children’s Playhouse provides engaging, interactive fun in all weather. Explore the Vet Clinic, Arts & Crafts studio, Meadow Room, kitchen, boulder wall and more!
The Children’s Playhouse says that they offer “free or half-price memberships to qualifying low-income families.” To qualify for a scholarship membership, you’ll need to visit the Playhouse or call 828-263-0011 between 12:30 pm and 3 pm.
Kidzu Children’s Museum – $3 per person
KidZu is a hands-on museum for young children, with 8,500 square feet of multi-sensory play and discovery.
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center – $1 per person
When you show your EBT card, you can receive $1 admission for up to seven guests! The tickets are Admission + Planetarium Show Combo tickets, which makes this a very generous offer. You must show an EBT card and photo ID at the admission desks to get this discount.
Charlotte Nature Museum – $1 per person
Get close to nature with an adventure at Charlotte Nature Museum! Walk among butterflies, observe animals, get close to little critters or walk through a century-old forest on the nature trail. There’s always something to do at the nature museum!
This museum participates in the Welcome Program, which invites South Carolina AND North Carolina EBT or WIC recipients to visit certain museums for just $1 per person (up to 6 people). Just show your benefits card to the person at the admissions desk to receive your discount.
Guests who receive admission through this program will also be allowed to pay just $5 per vehicle for parking and purchase IMAX tickets for just $5 each. For more information, please click here.
Discovery Place – $1 per person
This museum invites families to explore science, technology and nature through interactive exhibits, learning labs, an aquarium and more. The Discovery Place is a multi-sensory, educational wonderland for visitors of all ages.
Discovery Place also participates in the Welcome Program! This discount works for up to 6 people per North Carolina or South Carolina EBT card!
…and here’s a great list of free museum days in Charlotte! Thanks, Charlotte on the Cheap!
Cape Fear Botanical garden – $3 per person
The Cape Fear Botanical Garden offers “A Garden for All” program! Show your photo ID and EBT card to get discounted regular admission. P-EBT cards do not qualify for the discount. There is a limit of four people per EBT card discount. There are no discounts for special events.
Nido & Mariana Qubein Childrne’s Museum – $1 per person
This museum is listed as a Museums for All partner but the building is still being constructed as of this update. No further details are available at this time.
Discovery Place KIDS – $1 per person
The Welcome Program works here, too! This museum is specifically designed to encourage children to explore their imaginations, learn social skills and develop confidence while they play. Be sure to check out the fun and exciting Learning Garden! This discount is available for up to 6 people per North Carolina or South Carolina EBT card.
Zing Zumm Children’s Museum – $3 per person
Started by two teachers who dreamt of a children’s museum in Jacksonville, Zing Zumm is a great destination for kids in Jacksonville. As a Museums for All partner, low income families can visit for $3 per person. Limit 4 people per EBT discount.
Kure Beach Aquarium – $3 per person ($2 per kid)
Admire baby sea turtles and watch a swimmer interact with eels at Kure Beach Aquarium! Presently, Kure Beach Aquarium invites NC food stamps recipients to visit the aquarium for $3 per adult and $2 per child. Only four people can receive discounts with each EBT card and ID. Kids ages 2 and under are always free, so they don’t count toward that limit.
Roanoke Island Aquarium – $3 per person ($2 per kid)
See an alligator and touch real stingrays at the Roanoke Island Aquarium! If you have NC food stamps, then you can get up to four people into the Aquarium for just $3 per adult and $2 per child! Kids 2 and under are always free!
Ocean Isle Beach
Museum of Coastal Carolina – $3 or less per person
The Museum of Coastal Carolina welcomes EBT cardholders for $3 or less per person.
Pine Knoll Shores
Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium – $3 per person ($2 per kids)
Watch otters play, come eye-to-eye with sharks and explore shipwrecks at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium. You can even see a rare white sea turtle! At this time, Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium invites NC food stamps recipients to visit for just $3 per adult or $2 per child. Up to four people can visit per EBT card, and you must show matching ID.
Marbles Children’s Museum – SEE DETAILS
Families who receive public assistance in Raleigh can participate in the Wake County Health and Human Services’ Middle Class Express program. Families who participate in this program can receive free memberships to Marbles Children Museum, in addition to other benefits.
Discovery Place KIDS – $1 per person
This museum is specifically designed to encourage children to explore their imaginations, learn social skills and develop confidence while they play. Kids can create masterpieces, fix cars, be an inventor or a chef or a castle builder. Their imagination is the only limit at Discovery Place!
The Welcome Program works here, too! This discount is available for up to 6 people per North Carolina or South Carolina EBT card.
Ingram Planetarium – $3 or less per person
The Ingram Planetarium welcomes EBT cardholders for $3 or less per person.
Arlie Gardens – FREE
When you present a Photo ID and EBT card (or show the EBT app on your phone) to receive FREE admission for your household (2 Adults and up to 8 Children) to the historic Arlie Gardens. For over 100 years, the beauty of Arlie Gardens has served New Hanover County residents and other visitors.
Cameron Art Museum – FREE
The Cameron Art Museum (CAM) has year round free admission with your EBT card, and from Memorial Day to Labor Day it’s also free for members of the military and their families.
Cape Fear Museum – FREE
The Cape Fear Museum is free for up to six people with an EBT card.
Children’s Museum of Wilmington – $3 per person
The Children’s Museum of Wilmington spreads across three buildings that were formerly known as the St. John’s Museum of Art. You can explore the entire children’s museum for just $3 per person when you use their EBT card discount!
Kaleideum (Downtown & North) – $3 per person
Kaleideum was formed from the merger of both the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem and SciWorks! The museum includes 25,000 square feet of exhibits and also 17 acres of Science and Environmental Parks.
According to the website, “Permanent indoor exhibits include: The Planetarium, PhysicsWorks, SoundWorks, HealthWorks, BioWorks, KevaWorks, KidsWorks, and NC: Mountains to the Sea. The Science & Environmental Park includes animal habitats, nature trails, and interactive outdoor exhibits.”
Reynolda House Museum of American Art – FREE
The history of Reynolda began in 1874, when R. J. Reynolds arrived in Winston to establish his own tobacco factory. This 170-acre historic estate now includes the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Reynolda Gardens and the village shops and restaurants. You can get free admission when you show your SNAP EBT card!