Do You Know Kroger Accepts EBT In 2022?

Originally posted on September 7, 2022 @ 3:19 pm

Kroger is an industry giant that sells everything from groceries to beauty products to home goods. While Kroger accepts various traditional payment methods in-store and online, the question is, does it also take SNAP EBT?


Kroger accepts SNAP EBT at all of its locations nationwide. You can use an EBT card at Kroger to pay for SNAP-eligible items with no minimum purchase limits or additional fees. However, while you can pay for SNAP-eligible items with your EBT card for Kroger pickup, their delivery option still does not accept EBT.

Read on to learn what you can buy at Kroger with SNAP benefits and how to pay online.

How To Use Your EBT Card at Kroger?

Using an EBT card at Kroger is easy. You can use your EBT card just like you would any debit or credit card at checkout.

Tell the cashier you will be using your EBT card. You must enter a 4-digit PIN to validate your purchase. You can also do this at checkout yourself by selecting EBT as your payment method. Remember that you can only use SNAP-eligible items with an EBT card. If you purchased any items that are not covered by SNAP benefits, you can pay for them using an alternative payment method.

Does Kroger Accept EBT Online?

You can use SNAP benefits to shop online at Kroger to pick up food staples and other eligible items. However, EBT is only accepted as a valid payment method for pickup, not delivery. Kroger has added a pickup payment option with EBT to help low-income families and facilitate limited contact shopping. In 2020, Kroger temporarily waived its $4.95 pick-up fee and minimum purchase limit.

How To Use EBT for Kroger Pickup?

Follow the steps below to use your SNAP EBT card online for Kroger Pickup.

Step #1: Select Location and Shop For SNAP-Eligible Items

Log in to Kroger-com or use the store’s app to select your preferred location. Then, shop for SNAP-eligible items and place your order. If you have non-food or household items in your cart, be sure to include an alternative payment option when submitting your order.

Step #2: Choose The Payment Method and Pickup Time

Once you’ve made your purchase, select a date and time for your pickup. You will also be asked about your payment method. Select SNAP/EBT as your payment option. Remember that your EBT card will be charged at the location, not online. So, keep the card with you while picking up your groceries.

Step #3: Pull In To Pickup Your Order

After you place your order, a Kroger associate is assigned to shop for you and complete the list before you walk in for pickup. Then, walk to the store location and look for pickup signs when it’s time for you to pick up your groceries. Pickup signs contain a contact number that you must dial to notify the store of your arrival. After pulling into a parking spot, call the number so an associate can pick up your order.

Step #4: Make The Payment

A store associate will bring your order and load it into your car. You can then use your EBT card to pay for the order through the mobile point-of-sale system. At that point, if you have any ineligible items, you can use another debit or credit card to make the additional payment.

Not that even though Kroger announced a temporary waiver of its pickup fee in 2020, it didn’t say when the waiver would end. According to their website, the pickup fee is free on orders over $35. However, if your order does not reach the $35 threshold, you can call the store to check if you need to pay the $4.95 pickup fee. To find the contact information for your chosen store, you can search through the Kroger store locator.

What Can You Buy At Kroger Using The EBT Card?

For SNAP beneficiaries, there are some restrictions on what can be purchased with an EBT card. For example, SNAP benefits can only be used to purchase food staples or items with a “Nutrition Facts” label on the back. This means that nothing but essential groceries can be purchased with a SNAP EBT card, including cleaning supplies, beauty products, and hygiene items.

Here is everything you can buy using your EBT card:

  • Poultry, meat, and fish
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Cereals and bread
  • Dairy products
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Plants and seeds that the individual can use to produce more food

Also, note that you cannot purchase any food items sold hot or cigarettes and tobacco. Read here to learn more about what you can and cannot buy with SNAP benefits.

The Bottom Line

You can use the SNAP EBT card to purchase eligible food items at all Kroger locations and their pickup service. Unfortunately, the company still does not accept EBT for online deliveries. However, you can shop online through the pickup option and pay when you arrive at the store to pick up your order.

 

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