Participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP, can pay in store at most major grocery chains — including "specialty" grocery stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's — using electronic benefits transfer cards. But until last year, EBT wasn't a widely available payment option online. Now, thanks to the continued expansion of an online purchasing pilot program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, households receiving SNAP benefits in 47 states and the District of Columbia can use EBT to pay for grocery pickup and/or delivery from a number of retailers (though not for associated service fees).
The list of participating states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Alaska, Louisiana, and Montana are the only states that have not enrolled in the pilot.
SNAP benefits increased at the beginning of October to more than 25% above pre-pandemic levels. While this is a permanent adjustment, other SNAP policy and procedure updates have been made temporarily in light of the ongoing health crisis. These have included special pandemic EBT benefits during school closures for families with children who normally would receive free or reduced-price school lunches. Many states have been sending out supplemental payments to P-EBT cardholders to account for benefits they would have been eligible for during the summer months. Check your local Department of Human Services to find out more about existing relief initiatives, enrollment requirements and windows, and additional funds available in your area. (The nonprofit Food Research and Action Center has an interactive map where you can quickly search for state-specific benefit information.)
Below, we've rounded up the grocery stores that currently accept EBT online. While the program was initially slow to expand beyond a few major retailers, many more grocery stores have now made online ordering available to SNAP recipients. Check our list, which includes both large chains and local grocers, to see where you can find EBT grocery delivery near you. We'll continue to update this story as more retailers participate and as active stores expand their EBT pickup and delivery payment policies.
Steps are being taken to expand online purchasing options within the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, as well: A small-scale pilot program for WIC recipients has launched in select states. Walmart is a participating retailer and will be introducing online shopping for WIC participants at its Washington and Massachusetts stores early next year.
Does Instacart take EBT?
Yes, Instacart does take EBT. The popular grocery delivery service has been instrumental in making online grocery shopping available to SNAP beneficiaries, partnering with a number of smaller retailers nationwide. (Food delivery services such as DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates, and UberEats typically do not accept EBT as a payment option.) Instacart began introducing payment options for SNAP EBT beneficiaries late last year, and the list of stores covered has been growing steadily. Participating retailers now include Aldi, Food Lion, and Publix, Stop & Shop, and several smaller chains. Instacart has pledged to continue to expand the EBT online payment option to more states and retailers in the future.
When ordering with EBT on Instacart, customers must use a credit or debit card for non-eligible costs, including delivery and service fees, taxes, tips, and bottle deposit fees in some states. (Instacart offers an Instacart Express membership for $99 annually or $9.99 monthly that provides free delivery on all orders over $35, along with other perks.) Customers over 60 who may be new to online grocery shopping can take advantage of Instacart's Senior Support Service, which offers help with everything from setting up an account to placing an order.
Through the end of March, shoppers paying for Instacart orders with EBT SNAP at select retailers can get free delivery or pickup on all orders of $35 or more.
Walmart started rolling out the option to pay for grocery pickup with EBT as early as 2017. EBT payments can be made online at most locations in the states approved for the SNAP online purchasing pilot, although the service has not yet been implemented in the District of Columbia. At eligible local stores, users signing in to their online accounts, or shopping via app, can save EBT card information under "Payment Methods." Approved delivery locations are less widespread than access to grocery pickup, however, and in a handful of states, users ordering groceries online still must swipe their EBT cards at pickup to finalize payment.
(If you prefer to buy groceries online from big-box competitor Target, you're out of luck — Target does not accept EBT for Drive Up orders, nor does its same-day delivery service, Shipt.)
On Amazon, SNAP recipients can order SNAP-approved food items online and pay with EBT in the District of Columbia and participating states (except Hawaii). EBT cardholders can use the Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service without paying for Prime membership, which is usually required, and will also have access to many Whole Foods products through Amazon Pantry, Amazon Grocery, and Amazon Fresh. Qualifying beneficiaries with an EBT or Medicaid card who wish to sign up for Amazon Prime membership are eligible for a 50% discount.
Added to the list of participating retailers this fall, FarmboxRx is billed as the first national fresh grocery delivery service to accept SNAP/EBT benefits online. An offshoot of subscription produce delivery service Farmbox Direct, FarmboxRx is primarily focused on providing fresh, healthy eating options to Medicaid and Medicare participants. The company also works with a number of health care plans to make its "food as medicine" available as a qualifying benefit. The service employs FedEx for contactless, free delivery.
Although rapidly expanding discount grocer Aldi does not currently have stores in Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming, if you live in the District of Columbia or any of the other states covered by the USDA's pilot program, you can shop online for EBT SNAP-eligible purchases from Aldi. Instacart accepts EBT for same-day delivery and pickup options at the store. Aldi shoppers can place online orders via Instacart and enter EBT card information at checkout for items covered under SNAP.
BJ's Wholesale Club
BJ's is the first of the major warehouse clubs to accept EBT for online grocery orders. BJ's members in Florida, North Carolina, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Ohio, Maine, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New York became eligible to use EBT cards to order on BJs.com for in-club purchases, shipping, or contactless curbside pickup. The company plans to make the the pickup option available in more states participating in the SNAP online purchasing pilot and to offer EBT same-day grocery delivery, as well, in the coming months.
(Costco accepts EBT in-store, and Sam's Club also takes SNAP at all locations, but neither warehouse club allows shoppers to pay with EBT for online orders. Online wholesale mart Boxed does not accept EBT payments either.)
Food Lion was the second retailer to partner with Instacart for EBT grocery delivery. Instacart accepts EBT payment for SNAP-eligible items from Food Lion in nine states: Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. SNAP beneficiaries who don't want to pay more out of pocket to have groceries delivered can opt to pick up Instacart orders at the store.
Soon after the pandemic lockdowns began last April, Kroger announced that it would add a SNAP EBT payment option for grocery pickup at its stores. The service is offered at all locations where pickup is available and has expanded to Kroger-owned Mariano's stores, as well.
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Publix is the largest employee-owned company in the United States, with nearly 1,200 supermarkets in the Southeast. In locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, shoppers can now use EBT on Instacart to order their groceries online. As with the other markets where Instacart takes EBT for grocery delivery and curbside pickup, if you don't find EBT SNAP as a payment option when attempting to order from your local Publix, keep checking back — the coverage areas and list of participating stores continue to expand.
Shoppers paying with SNAP EBT can now order groceries for pickup or delivery at a number of Safeway locations in states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington, as well as a single store in the District of Columbia (pickup only). The list should continue to expand, so check the site's Store Locater page and select "Additional Services" to see if your local Safeway is accepting online EBT payments.
Albertsons shoppers using EBT online are covered for pickup orders only at locations in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. EBT can also be used for pickup at select Vons stores in Southern California and Nevada.
ShopRite accepts EBT for SNAP purchases online at select stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, although some locations may allow EBT payment only for pickup orders. Check your local ShopRite store to see which services are available.
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Stop & Shop
Stop & Shop now offers EBT online grocery delivery and pickup at all of its locations using its in-house service. Shoppers who prefer to order through Instacart can also use their EBT cards to pay for Stop & Shop deliveries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.
Popular Midwestern grocery chain Hy-Vee was among the first group of retailers to be accepted into the USDA pilot program. Although it was slower to roll out the service, Hy-Vee is now taking EBT payments for grocery pickup at about 250 of its stores, including Dollar Fresh and Hy-Vee Drugstore locations. Keep an eye on its customer support pages for additional options.
Texans shopping at H-E-B can use SNAP EBT payments for curbside pickup and grocery delivery at all locations that offer the service. The online ordering system accepts split payments for eligible and non-eligible items, and discounts from manufacturers' coupons are credited back to EBT accounts when orders are fulfilled.
Smaller Chains and Independents
With more stores joining the ranks of those accepting EBT for online shopping, you're almost sure to find EBT food delivery near you.
- A&J Market in Stevenson, Washington, introduced curbside pickup for EBT users in June. Local seniors are also eligible for free grocery delivery from the store through Skamania County Senior Services.
- Brookshire's Food & Pharmacy is offering curbside pickup or delivery with Instacart for Texas customers paying with an EBT card online.
- Fresh by Brookshire's and Super 1 Foods in Louisiana and Texas are accepting EBT payment for curbside pickup orders. Instacart delivers to Fresh by Brookshire's customers in Tyler, Texas, and to Super 1 Foods shoppers in select areas in Texas and Arkansas. Enter your ZIP code to see if you're eligible.
- Spring Market has been approved for the SNAP online purchasing pilot program. Check local Texas locations and Instacart to see if grocery delivery is available from your store.
- Buche Foods is the only independent market in South Dakota to offer online grocery shopping with EBT. Sign up, shop, and arrange for pickup at any of Buche's five locations: Wagner, Mission, Pine Ridge, Oacoma, and Sisseton.
- The Cameron Market, Sliced Bread Market, and Sweet Springs Market — three Missouri stores managed by the same family-owned and -operated parent company, W.H. Koch Co. — are now accepting EBT payment for pickup and delivery of groceries ordered online.
- Capri IGA has two locations, in Hillsboro and Greensville, Illinois, where shoppers can order groceries online for curbside pickup and pay using SNAP benefits. Delivery service is not yet available.
- Carli C's IGA customers can now shop online with EBT at the store's 25 locations in the Raleigh-Fayetteville region of North Carolina.
- City Market food stores have introduced the option of curbside pickup using EBT at all three Arkansas locations.
- County Market in Illinois is accepting EBT for pickup and delivery using Instacart.
- (Doc's) Country Mart and Apple Market stores in Oklahoma have added the option of online grocery shopping with EBT. All four Apple Market stores and the Bixby Country Mart location will accept SNAP payments for curbside pickup orders.
- Country Mart grocery stores in Kansas and Missouri (apparently no relation to the Country Mart brand launched by Roy "Doc" Brown in Oklahoma) offer curbside pickup to customers. Although this service was previously open only to those paying with debit or credit cards, EBT payment should be added to the list of options soon, according to the Food and Nutrition Service's website.
- Fairplay Foods has been approved for the SNAP online purchasing pilot program. Check local Illinois stores and Instacart for details on available services.
- FireLake Discount Foods in Shawnee, Oklahoma, is another addition to the list of retailers accepted to the SNAP online purchasing program. At present, it's the only local FireLake store offering curbside pickup.
- Food 4 Less and Rancho SanMiguel Markets in Northern California joined with Instacart in October to allow customers the option of EBT online shopping. The small chain of stores, owned by franchisee PAQ, Inc. (not to be confused with Kroger-run Food 4 Less operations in Chicago and Southern California) now have both pickup service and same-day delivery options for EBT users.
- Food Bazaar locations in New York now offer EBT grocery delivery through Instacart.
- FreshDirect delivers for free to SNAP beneficiaries in select ZIP codes in the Bronx, New York.
- The Fresh Grocer is accepting EBT for grocery pickup and delivery (where available) at its seven New Jersey and Pennsylvania locations.
- Giant Eagle is accepting EBT online payment for curbside orders only (must swipe card at pickup) at various locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
- Giant Food is offering both grocery pickup and delivery to customers paying online with EBT. At more than 150 locations in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, customers have the option of using either in-house Giant services to complete online orders or having groceries delivered via Instacart. Giant Heirloom Market locations in Philadelphia — the store's more "Whole Foods-esque" urban outposts, focused on fresh foods, organics, and local products — are also eligible now for online EBT purchase and delivery through Instacart.
- Martin's Super Markets, a smaller chain in the Ahold Delhaize family of brands, which also includes Stop & Shop, is another grocery pickup and delivery option for EBT cardholders. Shoppers using SNAP benefits can order direct or via Instacart in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
- Hannaford Supermarkets in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York accept EBT for curbside orders; payments must be processed at the store upon pickup. For home deliveries with EBT, Hannaford has now partnered with Instacart (Vermont delivery included).
- Harps Food Store announced in early November that EBT shoppers would be able to order groceries for delivery through Instacart at 67 of its 115 locations in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
- Hays Supermarket is accepting EBT payment for pickup orders in Caruthersville, Missouri, and five Arkansas locations: Blythesville, Paragould Plaza, Walnut Ridge, West Helena, and Wynne. Delivery is available at the Paragould Plaza and West Moultrie stores only.
- H.G. Hill Food Store customers in Tennessee can pay online with EBT for curbside pickup at both locations.
- Homeland Food Stores, United Supermarkets, and Cash Saver, all members of the Homeland Stores chain, will now offer Oklahoma and Texas shoppers paying with EBT home delivery and grocery pickup via Instacart. Only certain locations offer the option, so check your ZIP code to see if the service is available to you.
- Hugo's Family Marketplace has 10 locations in North Dakota and Minnesota and all offer online shopping with curbside pickup and delivery services — EBT cards welcomed.
- Joe V's Smart Shop has nine locations across the Houston area. Shoppers ordering online from Joe V's can now pay for their groceries with SNAP and pick them up curbside at the FM 1960 Smart Shop, the only store currently offering pickup services.
- Little Giant Farmer's Market, with five Georgia locations serving communities in Riverdale, Jonesboro, Decatur, Newnan, and Sargent, signed with Instacart earlier in the year to make online grocery shopping available to customers. At the end of November, pickup and delivery services were extended to EBT cardholders, as well.
- Manhattan Fruit Market, located inside New York City's famous Chelsea Market, has joined the ranks of retailers admitted to the SNAP online purchasing pilot program. The store offers pickup options, as well as home delivery via third-party service Mercato. Check to see if your ZIP code is eligible for delivery orders.
- New Pioneer Food Co-op is accepting EBT payment for curbside pickup orders at all three Iowa locations.
- Piggly Wiggly (HAC) locations in Georgia are now offering grocery delivery services to EBT users through Instacart. One other location, in Deatsville, Alabama, has also been approved to accept online purchases with EBT.
- Price Chopper is accepting EBT for pickup and delivery via Instacart at stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. The same goes for its sibling chains:
- Market 32 in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont
- Market Bistro in New York
- Price Rite locations in New Hampshire are now open for EBT grocery shopping online with delivery through Instacart. There is no word yet on when or if other stores in the Northeastern supermarket chain will be adding this option.
- Reasor's has made curbside pickup and delivery available to EBT cardholders at 16 of its Northern Oklahoma locations (delivery not available in Langley).
- Roth's Fresh Markets in Oregon has now been approved to accept EBT payment for online orders. Check your local store for pickup and delivery options.
- Save Mart customers in California and Nevada can order pickup and delivery through Instacart. The same is true for other California chains owned by the same company:
- Schnucks and natural food offshoot Eatwell offer EBT grocery delivery and curbside pickup via Instacart to shoppers in Missouri.
- Sooner Foods is now accepting EBT payment for curbside pickup at its three Oklahoma stores.
- St. Marys Galaxy Food Center customers in St. Marys, West Virginia, can pay online with EBT for curbside pickup.
- Strack & Van Til in Indiana is accepting EBT for pickup and delivery using Instacart.
- Super Foodtown has announced that online grocery shopping is available for EBT users at five of its New Jersey locations: Port Monmouth, Red Bank, Ocean, Atlantic Highlands, and Sea Girt. Ferreira Foodtown, My Foodtown, and Foodtown-Freshtown in New York have also been accepted to the SNAP online purchasing program.
- Superlo Foods is accepting EBT online at nine locations: eight in Memphis, Tennessee, and one in Southaven, Mississippi (Stepherson's).
- Supermercados El Güero is now accepting EBT payment for pickup orders at its three Illinois locations.
- Tops Friendly Markets in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont are among the latest stores to offer SNAP eligible customers the option to pay for grocery pickup and delivery via Instacart.
- Town & Country Market has been approved for the SNAP online purchasing pilot program. Check local Indiana stores and Instacart for details on services available.
- Warehouse Market, which operates four stores in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is another of the smaller retailers that's signed with Instacart to offer pickup and delivery services to EBT cardholders.
- Woodman's Markets in Wisconsin do not currently offer in-house pickup or delivery services for customers paying with EBT online, but SNAP beneficiaries can now use Instacart to have store orders delivered.
- Woods Supermarket is accepting EBT online grocery payment at participating locations in Missouri. Both pickup and delivery options are available at some stores.
- Wright's Market in Opelika, Alabama, is accepting EBT payment for pickup and delivery.