Lidl is a grocery store chain that has been expanding in the United States for the past few years. If you’re on a low or fixed income, you may be wondering if the Lidl grocery chain accepts EBT payments. This article will answer this question and provide additional information about Lidl’s policies regarding support programs. Keep reading to learn more.
If you recently got your first EBT card, you may be wondering which stores accept this payment method.
Lidl accepts EBT as a form of payment for the purchase of SNAP-eligible items, all of which will be explained further in this article. However, Lidl does not accept WIC (a similar health and nutrition program for women, infants, and children).
Keep reading to learn more!
What Is EBT?
EBT, or Electronic Benefits Transfer, is a system that allows recipients of government benefits to receive and use those benefits through a card similar to a debit card. EBT cards can be used to purchase food and other necessities at participating stores or to withdraw cash from ATMs.
EBT aims to help people who may not have access to traditional banking services, or who may have difficulty managing their finances. It also helps reduce the amount of paper waste associated with traditional benefits programs.
How to use EBT at Lidl
Using EBT is very straightforward. If you’re new to paying for items using this method, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Just follow our simple guide below.
Step #1: Scan your groceries.
Load your items at checkout as usual and wait for the cashier to scan each item. You will then need to insert your card into the reader.
Step 2: Enter your PIN.
Next, you’ll need to enter the four-digit PIN number that you received when you activated your EBT card. If you have forgotten your PIN number, you will not be able to pay using this method.
Step 3: Complete the transaction.
After the payment is authorized, the cashier will give you your receipt and ask you to remove your card.
It’s that easy!
What if my EBT doesn’t cover the cost of the item?
If the amount on your card does not cover the cost of your items, you must settle the remaining cost using another form of payment. Failing that, you will need to return some of your items.
To avoid such an embarrassing scenario, it’s always best to check how much money is on your card before going to the grocery store.
Can you use EBT online?
You can use EBT for online orders at many grocery stores. However, Lidl does not currently offer such a service – although it would be nice to see it in the near future!
The usual process of using EBT online includes the following steps.
- Once items have been added to your basket, locate the ‘Payment’ tab
- Look for ‘EBT’
- Add the required details of your card before selecting ‘Pay Now’
Other Payment Options
Lidl provides customers with a whole range of payment options including the following:
- American Express
- Lidl Gift Card
- Apple Pay
- Google Pay
If you are unsure about using a particular payment method, don’t hesitate to ask a member of the Lidl team who will be more than happy to help.
What can I buy with EBT at Lidl?
Items purchased using EBT must be eligible for SNAP. So what does this mean?
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) provides low-income families with access to nutritious foods and beverages that enable them to lead full and healthy lifestyles.
Let’s take a look at what you can buy using an EBT card.
- Bread and cereals
- Red meat (steak, ground meat, etc)
- Dairy products (yogurt, milk, cheese)
- Soft drinks
- Energy drinks (Monster, Red Bull, etc)
- Potato chips
- Food-producing seeds and plants
You cannot use EBT to purchase the following items.
- Tobacco products
- Household cleaning products
- Pet food/accessories
- Food or drinks that are hot at the point of sale
- Health supplements
As noted above, SNAP benefits exist to help low-income families lead better lifestyles by providing nutritious food. Therefore, allowing these benefits to be used for anything other than that would be highly counterintuitive!
Other stores that accept EBT
Here is a list of popular grocery stores that accept payment through EBT.
- Sam’s Club
- Trader Joe’s
- Whole Foods
In fact, it’s hard to come across a store that doesn’t accept EBT. Even gas stations have been known to accept this popular payment!
If you’re not sure if your local grocery store accepts EBT, you can visit the FAQ section of the store’s website, or visit the store in person to learn more.
Stores that accept EBT online
Since Lidl doesn’t have an online store yet, we’ve put together a list of places where you can shop online and pay using EBT.
- BJ’s Wholesale Club
Applying for SNAP benefits
If you think you are entitled to SNAP benefits, you can apply through your local state social services office.
When applying, you must provide proof of income and address. You must reside in the state in which you apply and your bank balance must meet certain thresholds.
Households are provided with an EBT card that can be used by anyone living at the address provided on the application. You must not give your card to anyone who does not live in your household. Store managers have the right to stop an EBT card if they suspect it is being used fraudulently.
Draw a conclusion
Lidl accepts EBT as a valid payment method when purchasing SNAP-eligible products. Using your EBT card in-store is relatively straightforward and works the same way you use a debit or credit card. We hope this article has been helpful in informing you about shopping at Lidl with an EBT card.