Originally posted on March 31, 2022 @ 6:18 am
Consumers at Whole Foods can’t get enough to choose from a wide variety of healthy food options and brands. However, all these natural food options can be expensive. But before you lose hope, keep reading to find out if Whole Foods accepts EBT.
All Whole Foods locations accept EBT and most of them also accept WIC. EBT-eligible foods are the same regardless of where you shop, but Whole Foods will automatically disqualify you for non-food items at checkout. Unfortunately, you cannot use EBT online in the entire food market.
However, there are ways to buy whole foods products online with EBT. Continue reading to learn about the benefits of SNAP / EBT benefits on whole foods.
How To Use EBT at Whole Foods
Using an EBT card on whole foods is quick and easy. You do not even have to separate your grocery items from your non-grocery items. All you have to do is swipe the card to use your EBT in Whole Food.
After that, you can easily choose to pay with your SNAP / EBT benefits or pay with your cash account. For example, suppose you want to make two transactions, swipe and select SNAP / EBT to pay for groceries. After that, pay for the remaining items with your cash.
However, the receipt will not tell you about the balance remaining on your card, so you have to take care of it before paying for your items.
You can easily retrieve your balance from EBT Customer Service Line or enter your PIN at ATM.
To use EBT at Whole Foods, here are a few easy steps to remember:
- When it’s time to pay, swipe your EBT card into the machine
- You will then have to enter your PIN
- The machine will then ask if you want to use your SNAP account or your Cash account
- The order will process and then approve the purchase
- In some cases, you will be asked to show a photo ID to confirm you are the cardholder
If you don’t have enough money left on your account, the order will most likely still go through but only pay for a portion of the items.
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Does Whole Foods Accept EBT Online?
You can use your EBT card at Whole Foods stores, but you cannot use it to pay for Whole Foods online orders. Whole Foods’ online delivery orders are through Amazon, but you still can’t use EBT as a payment method. Whole Foods accepts all major credit cards, Apple Pay, and Whole Foods gift cards.
Amazon accepts EBT online, and you can order whole foods market on Amazon, but you cannot use EBT to pay for whole food items in your cart.
However, there are some Whole Foods items that Amazon offers through its grocery site. You can’t find all those whole foods online, but you can find certain brands. Even the Whole Foods 365 brand is available through Amazon Grocery and will accept EBT as a form of payment.
However, if you order the same products on the Whole Foods Market tab of Amazon (in the search bar), you will not be able to use your EBT.
This may change in the future, though, and allows online purchases of Whole Foods to be paid through EBT, as in-store purchases.
EBT Items You Can Buy at Whole Foods
EBT-eligible items that you can buy at Whole Foods include all grocery foods. It doesn’t matter if it is a valuable brand or not. However, anything purchased from Whole Foods that is not a grocery item, such as ready-made food or vitamins, cannot be paid with EBT.
Common things that you cannot purchase at Whole Foods – or any grocery store – with EBT include:
- Ready-made foods (i.e., the deli)
- Cleaning products, toiletries, and other household essentials
- Pet products
- Diapers, wet wipes, and any other non-food baby items (the formula is accepted on EBT)
If you have a Cash account, you might be able to use it to purchase some of the products mentioned above, but they aren’t accepted via SNAP/EBT benefits.
You can visit the USDA website for a general list of items purchased using your EBT SNAP Benefits account. You have all the best food ingredients with SNAP benefits. Shopping at Whole Foods with EBT is just like shopping at any other grocery store.
Whole Foods Take WIC?
All Whole Foods locations accept EBT, but not all of them accept WIC. You can double-check through your local benefits agency or contact the Whole Foods store to confirm whether they accept WIC. If WIC is not accepted, you can still use your EBT.
WIC is similar to EBT, but it especially benefits pregnant or postpartum women, infants, and children. If you fall into this category and have not yet applied, visit your state’s official website for more information.
Can You Buy With WIC At Whole Foods?
You can buy the same items at Whole Foods with WIC that you can buy at any other grocery store.WIC eligible items are stricter than EBT eligible items, but your local state agency allows it. Some states allow items on the WIC that others do not.
WIC does not accept all grocery foods like EBT. However, there are specific categories of grocery items accepted by the WIC, and there are specific restrictions on certain foods within each category. For example, most cheeses are accepted at WIC, but not imported cheeses.
Below is a general list of the food categories accepted via WIC:
- Whole Grains
- Milk and Soy-Based Beverages
- Canned Fish
- Mature Legumes
- Peanut Butter
- Breakfast Cereal
- Infant Cereal
- Infant Formula
- Infant Fruits and Vegetables
- Infant Meat
For a complete list of eligible items to purchase with WIC, you can visit the USDA website.
You will see that canned fish is accepted, but there is no other form of meat except infant food meat. This is something to keep in mind when applying for WIC
However, if you already have SNAP benefits, you can use them to make purchases that are not accepted from your WIC account.
Unlike EBT, you cannot use WIC benefits when shopping for Whole Foods online. Instead, you should go to a place that accepts WIC so that your WIC benefits can be used on whole foods. It is possible that this feature will be accepted one day when ordering online, but not at this time.
You may find that shopping at Whole Foods with EBT / SNAP or cash benefits is like any other experience at a grocery store. They even simplify EBT payments by automatically deducting them and leaving other items as balances to eliminate other transactions.
No need to separate items before checkout! If this is the WIC you want to pay for, just make sure to call in advance to make sure your local whole foods will accept it.