Originally posted on September 8, 2022 @ 7:55 am
For many people in the United States, using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) makes all the difference in ensuring that there is a way to pay for groceries each week. And while some might not think of Amazon as their first choice for grocery shopping, they do offer grocery delivery.
Because Amazon provides grocery and food delivery, they charge EBT (also known as food stamps). However, not all items are eligible, and not all states participate. If you live in a state that participates in the SNAP/EBT program, you’ll have access to Amazon Fresh and free shipping on orders over $35 after your EBT card is added to the account.
If you’re just getting started using SNAP or EBT on Amazon, understanding the verification process and the items that can be purchased can feel overwhelming.
This article will tell you about local differences, the types of orders that qualify, and the items you can buy with your card.
You can buy a lot of things through Amazon, including groceries. But does Amazon take EBT?
You’ll be happy to know that Amazon accepts EBT. To learn more about how to use your EBT card when ordering, keep reading!
Adding An EBT Card To Your Amazon Account
You must add your EBT card to your account before purchasing products. If not, the process can be very confusing and you’ll wish you’d listened to us first!
Follow our easy guide below to find out how to add your card to your account.
- Log in to your Amazon account. If you don’t have one, you will need to create one. To do this you will need a valid email address and you will also be asked to create a password.
- Once successfully logged in, search for ‘Account’ which will be located in the top right-hand corner.
- Once you have clicked on ‘Account’, look for a tab labeled ‘Your Payments’.
- From here, you will need to add the required details of your EBT card before saving this information.
- Et voila! You are now able to pay for items using your EBT card.
What Can You Buy With EBT On Amazon?
The same rules apply to using EBT online as they do in a regular grocery store. This means you can only buy SNAP-eligible items, including:
- Fruit and vegetables
- Bread and cereals
- Red meat
- Snacks (potato chips, nuts, etc)
- Soft drinks
- Desserts (ice cream, cakes, etc)
- Energy drinks (Monster, Red Bull, etc)
Items that are not SNAP-eligible include:
- Tobacco products
- Health supplements
- Non-food products i.e. pet food, cleaning supplies, clothes
- Food or drinks that are hot at the point of sale
Can You Purchase EBT And Non-Eligible EBT Items In One Order?
Yes, Amazon allows customers to split the cost of order if your EBT funds do not cover the cost of the entire transaction.
To do this, you will need to use another form of payment such as a debit or credit card. This is also the case if you need to pay shipping fees as EBT will not cover this.
Can You Use EBT On Amazon Fresh?
You can use EBT to pay for orders placed through Amazon Fresh. After all, it is an online grocery store that sells products that you would normally buy at your local grocery store.
Amazon Fresh gives customers access to both perishable and non-perishable food items, but it’s only available in select regions, which you can find by clicking here.
Amazon Fresh is usually only available to those who subscribe to Amazon Prime. However, EBT users can access the service in certain regions. To learn more, visit Amazon’s website or call the hotline.
Another great benefit of using Amazon Fresh is that your groceries are delivered for free when you spend $35 or more. If you feel you do not need to spend this amount, you will need an alternative payment method to pay the delivery fee.
What States Do Not Allow Payment Using EBT On Amazon?
As mentioned above, EBT cannot be used as a valid method of payment on Amazon in certain states including:
If you live in the location mentioned above, you may have to resort to using another online platform for the time being. Hopefully, this will change in the near future.
Using EBT On Amazon: The Benefits
It’s always nice to see when a big company like Amazon gets a little more inclusive. Let’s take a look at the benefits of using EBT to shop on Amazon.
#1: You don’t need a Prime account.
EBT card access means you can shop at Amazon Fresh without subscribing to a Prime account.
#2: Get discounts and special offers.
Owning an EBT card means you can reap rewards when it comes to discounts and special offers. These are designed for EBT consumers, so you can get the most out of your SNAP benefits.
#3: Save your details for reuse.
As an adult, there’s nothing better than being able to shop for groceries from the comfort of your couch. Saving your EBT details speeds up the process so you can spend more time doing the things you love.
#4: Amazon Prime Subscription Discount
As mentioned above, you don’t need to subscribe to Prime to use Amazon Fresh. However, if you think you want a Prime account, you’re in luck because EBT customers get a discount. So instead of paying $10.99 a month, you pay $5.95.
Can You Use EBT Through An Amazon Business Account?
Unfortunately, items purchased through an Amazon Business account cannot be paid for with an EBT card.
In this case, you will need to create or sign in to your personal account and thus purchase the items.
Can You Use Amazon Coupons With EBT?
Yes, you can use Amazon coupons with EBT to pay for your transactions. If, for example, a product is discounted, the price will be reduced at checkout and the total amount can be paid by EBT card.
What Is The EBT Verification Process?
Before you can start adding items to your cart, your EBT card needs to be verified by Amazon. The process is quite simple and does not take much time.
To do this you will need:
- Upload your card details ie EBT number and state
- Upload a photo of your card.
- Check the box to confirm
- your EBT card is valid.
Then just sit back and wait for the answer! Once your card is verified, feel free to shop ’til you drop.
You can use EBT to pay for items purchased through the Amazon website. However, EBT does not cover shipping fees so you will need an alternative payment method if this is the case.