Your VA Food Stamps Does THIS?!

(Last Updated On: January 2, 2020)

Got VA food stamps? If you’re receiving Virginia food stamps, 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. You can’t afford to miss this!

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Got a VA food stamps card? Get FREE stuff and discounts on services!

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. You’ll need to verify that you receive food stamps or Medicaid to get this incredible price.

Capital Bikeshare discounts are available for low income ARLINGTON residents only. If you sign up with one of these Community Partners, you can pay just $5 per YEAR for unlimited rides, a free Capital Bikeshare helmet and complimentary City Cycling classes!

Cell phones and service may be available FREE in your area! Choose a provider here.

Plant a garden! You can buy seeds and produce-bearing plants with your EBT card! It’s actually part of the federal food stamps law.

Student loan payments could be as low as ZERO dollars per month with an income based repayment plan!

Summer food services offer free meals for children 18 and under during the summer months when free and low-cost school meals aren’t available.

You may also qualify for these services!

Internet from Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T and more for just $5-$10 per month?! It’s true! Click here to see all the discounted Internet programs you could qualify for.

Power companies often have low income programs, including special low rates or free home improvement services! We received over $18,000 in free home improvements through these programs. Discover what your company offers here.

Property tax exemptions are often available for low income seniors and disabled veterans! For more info on what it is and how to apply, contact your local county assessor’s office. We even received a refund for the last two years of property taxes!Veterinary care assistance is available! If you have a pet, you need to know about these agencies that may be able to assist with your pet’s vet bills.

YMCA organizations often have discounts for low income families! Contact your local YMCA for details.

Did you know your VA food stamps could do this?

You can buy gift baskets and even shop at Costco with your food stamps card!

Buy gift baskets and more! No joke – this is all part of the actual federal food stamps law. Here’s a list of unexpected things you can actually buy with your food stamps funds. 

Shop at these retailers! Did you know that Costco, farmer’s markets and even you-pick strawberry fields can accept EBT benefits? Some retailers even give you discounts or free stuff if you shop there with your food stamps card!

Wait — you can’t afford to miss this!

You could qualify for more food stamps funds! Groceries are expensive. It’s tough to make ends meet when you have, on average, $1.40 per meal. That’s why we dug into the law to find ways that our readers could legally get even more food stamps funds. We found way more than we expected! Surprisingly, there are a lot of ways you can increase your food stamps budget! Here’s what you need to do to get more food stamps money each month.

You can even get cash back from your food stamps card! It’s true and it’s legal – no cash benefits required. One of our readers earned an additional $437.84 just by shopping with her food stamps card. She uses that extra money to buy diapers, wipes and other essentials. Here’s how.

Get discounted admission with your VA food stamps!

For your convenience, we’ve organized our free and discounted museum admission list alphabetically by city. We also use green titles to distinguish museums that accept EBT cards from all 50 states.

It is important to realize that you cannot pay for admission with your VA food stamps 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.


Children’s Museum of Blacksburg – FREE

Since 2014, the Blacksburg Children’s Museum has grown and expanded with new exhibits and areas! This museum’s exhibits include a theater, market, building area, microscope area, train station and more!


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.


Explore More Discovery Museum – $3 or less per person

Explore More Discovery Museum creates a world of wonder for young children. Many interactive, multi-sensory learning exhibits include a kitchen, farmer’s market, construction zone, medical center, TV studio, science lab, vehicle service center, theater, farm, art studio, dental office, imagination zone and more.


George Mason’s Gunston Hall – $3 or less per person

Gunston Hall celebrates the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the democratic ideals penned by George Mason in 1776. Programs, special events and community events happen here.


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!


National Sporting Library & Museum – $3 or less per person

This Museum celebrates the “rich heritage and tradition of country pursuits” including angling, horsemanship, shooting, steeplechasing, foxhunting, flat racing, polo, coaching and wildlife.

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Mariner’s Museum and Park – $1 per person

The Mariner’s Museum and Park features several sea-centered exhibits, including a ship model gallery. They also feature collections, catalogs, photographs and a library. The park and trail is always free to the public.

Peninsula Fine Arts Center – $3 per person

You can visit the Peninsula Fine Arts Center for just $3 per person, with up to four people per card!


Norfolk Botanical Garden – Unknown

The gardens sprawl over 175 beautiful acres. Wander across 7 miles of paved paths and another 7 miles of unpaved trails. The gardens include a three acre Children’s Garden. You can wander the garden by foot, boat or tram.


Children’s Museum of Virginia – $3 or less per person

This museum offers a floor-by-floor guide on their website! From what I can tell, it’s tons of fun! With train exhibits, a working port and bubbles bigger than the children, there is something that every child can enjoy.

As a Museums for All partner, the Children’s Museum of Virginia charges $3 or less per person for up to four people per EBT card. I’ve reached out to the museum for an exact admission rate and I’ll update this when I receive more information.


American Civil War Museum – $3 or less per person

The American Civil War Museum presents the history of the Civil War from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, enslaved and free African Americans, soldiers and civilians.

Children’s Museum of Richmond – $2 per person

Through Museums for All, guests who receive EBT or WIC can receive $2 admission for up to four people!

Scholarship memberships may also be available to families who earn less than $35,000 per year. To receive a scholarship membership, you will need to fill out the application and submit the first page of your most recent tax return. You’ll find the application on the Children’s Museum of Richmond website.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – $1 per person

Voted the #4 public garden in North America by USA Today, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden features gardens, exhibits and events. For example, until September 2019, the garden has an outdoor art exhibition including LEGO bricks!

The Poe Museum – $3 or less per person

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum boasts the largest collection of Poe artifacts and memorabilia in the world. It includes Poe’s boyhood bed, a lock of his hair, some of his clothing and more.

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.

The Valentine – FREE

Show your Virginia EBT card and receive FREE one-day admission for up to four people! Your admission includes access to the Valentine exhibition galleries, the Edward V. Valentine sculpture studio and a guided tour of the 1812 Wickham House.

Virginia Museum of History & Culture – FREE

If you have a food stamps card, you can get free admission to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. This museum hosts award-winning exhibitions on the history of Virginia.


Taubman Museum of Art –  FREE

The Tabuman Museum of Art is housed in a stunning architectural masterpiece. Inside, you’ll discover 11 galleries with 15-20 exhibitions per year. There is also a delightful permanent collection and creative activities for children under the age of 17.


Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum – $2 per person

The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum features interactive, family-centered exhibits that encourage learning through play. You can bring up to four people for just $2 per person!

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