Your NC Food Stamps Card Can Do This?!

(Last Updated On: April 3, 2018)

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!

Please note that the museums with green titles are Museums for All participants. These venues accept EBT cards from all 50 states, so you don’t have to be a NC resident to get these great deals!

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For your convenience, we’ve organized our free and discounted museum admission list alphabetically by city.

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.

Charlotte NC food stamps discounts

Blowing Rock

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. 

Boone

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.

Charlotte

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

Discovery Place also participates in the Welcome Program! This museum invites families to explore science, technology and nature through interactive exhibits, learning labs, an aquarium and more. The Discovery Place is a multisensory, educational wonderland for visitors of all ages. This discount works for up to 6 people per EBT card!

…and here’s a great list of free museum days in Charlotte! Thanks, Charlotte on the Cheap!

Huntersville

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 EBT card.

Kure Beach

Kure Beach Aquarium – $3 per person ($2 per kid)

Admire baby sea turtles and watch a swimmer interact with eels at Kure Beach Aquarium!

This program, inspired by the Museums for All program, invites North Carolina EBT cardholders to visit the aquarium for $3 per adult or $2 per kids. There is a limit of 4 discounts per EBT card. Kids 2 and under are always free!

Manteo

Roanoke Island Aquarium – $3 per person ($2 per kid)

See an alligator and touch real stingrays at the Roanoke Island Aquarium! This program, inspired by the Museums for All program, invites North Carolina EBT cardholders to visit the aquarium for $3 per adult or $2 per kids. There is a limit of 4 discounts per EBT card. Kids 2 and under are always free!

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!

This program, inspired by the Museums for All program, invites North Carolina EBT cardholders to visit the aquarium for $3 per adult or $2 per kids. There is a limit of 4 discounts per EBT card. Kids 2 and under are always free!

Rockingham

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. 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! This discount is available for up to 6 people per EBT card.

Winston-Salem

Kaleideum North – $3 per person

Kaleideum was formed from the merger of the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem and SciWorks! The result is absolute fun! The museum includes 25,000 square feet of exhibits and 17 acres of Science and Environmental Parks. You can visit the Planetarium, attend a science demo, have a picnic, visit butterfly and hummingbird gardens and more!

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.”

You may also qualify for this!

If you receive NC food stamps benefits, you may also be eligible for these great programs:

Did you know your NC food stamps card can also do this?!

It’s easy to be confused about what you can and can’t buy with your North Carolina EBT benefits. However, we’ve found some interesting items that we thought couldn’t be purchased with food stamps… yet they can!

  • Farmer’s Markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs can accept EBT in North Carolina! Some will even double your money! Here’s some additional information about deals at certain farmer’s markets and CSAs.
  • Starbucks! EBT can be used at Starbucks locations that are located inside a grocery store.
  • Subway! EBT cards may be usable at Subway locations inside gas stations as long as the sandwich isn’t toasted. This isn’t always the case, but it has been possible on occasion.
  • 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.
  • Costco
  • Sam’s Club
  • Papa Murphy’s
  • Dollar Tree

You can also use your NC food stamps benefits to buy these items:

  • Seeds
  • Hot deli food that has been packaged and refrigerated
  • Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label
  • Live lobsters & shellfish
  • Pumpkins

  • Bakery-decorated birthday cakes
  • Gift baskets that include food items

Read more about this on the federal SNAP website.

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