If you recently received your first EBT card, you may be confused about where you can use it. Does WinCo take EBT? Read on to know more.
WinCo accepts EBT in most stores nationwide. The only places you may not be able to use this form of payment are in new establishments, but it won’t be long until these places also accept this form of payment.
Read on to learn more about how to use your EBT card at WinCo, along with other frequently asked questions.
How To Use EBT In WinCo
Using an EBT card at WinCo, or any grocery store for that matter is pretty straightforward. Follow our step-by-step guide below for more information.
1: Scan Your Items:
Load your items at checkout and wait while the cashier scans each product. The cashier may also ask if you want any cashback.
2: Insert Your EBT Card:
If you don’t need any cashback, you’ll need to insert your card into the reader. Once you’re happy with the total amount, you’ll need to enter your four-digit PIN number.
3: Enter Your PIN:
Once you enter your PIN number, all you have to do is wait for the screen to authorize your payment. If you do not remember this number, you will need to contact your local EBT customer service hotline.
What Can You Purchase With EBT At WinCo?
You can purchase a wide variety of products with an EBT card at WinCo such as:
- Bread and cereal
- Red Meat (steak, mince)
- Dairy Products (cheese, milk, yogurt)
- Energy drinks (Red Bull, Monster Energy)
- Soft drinks
- Desserts (cakes, cookies, ice cream)
What Items Cannot Be Purchased With An EBT Card At WinCo?
Certain items are prohibited under the SNAP policy. You cannot use your EBT card to purchase the following items:
- Tobacco products
- Cleaning supplies
- Food or drinks that are hot at the point of sale
So why are these items prohibited?
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, otherwise known as EBT, were designed to help low-income families by giving them access to nutritious food. Therefore, it would be counterintuitive if EBT could be used to purchase harmful substances or non-food items.
Can I Split Payments When Using EBT?
Yes, you can use your EBT card and another payment method to pay for your items.
This is a common occurrence when using EBT because you may need to purchase items that are not covered by the SNAP program.
To do this, the cashier will split the payment between your EBT card and another payment option we’ll mention below.
How Do Refunds Work?
If you wish to return items purchased with an EBT card, you must bring the item with your card to any WinCo store.
The cashier will then charge your EBT card and the funds will appear in your account immediately (but may take a few days to appear as a transaction).
You can’t receive cash back for items purchased using EBT, so make sure you have the card in your wallet before you leave home!
Do I Need A Membership Card To Use EBT?
Surprisingly, you don’t need a WinCo membership card to pay for items using EBT.
So, feel free to shop and pay for items in WinCo without needing to sign up for membership.
Other Payment Options At WinCo
Popular payment options at WinCo include:
- Debit Card
Unfortunately, WinCo does not accept payment by credit card. This seems rather inconvenient as most people prefer to pay by card these days, however, they may implement it in stores in the near future.
Can I Use My EBT Card If It’s Damaged?
If your card is damaged and you are unable to insert it into the card reader, don’t panic because you can still use it!
In this case, the cashier will enter your card details manually, but you will still need to enter the four-digit PIN number.
You may want to give yourself a new order in the meantime to speed up your trip to the grocery store.
How To Apply For EBT
Applying for EBT is a fairly simple process and doesn’t require much information other than proof of income and your home address.
To apply for EBT, you must live in the state in which you are applying for EBT, and your income must fall within certain limits.
One EBT card will be issued per household, so it can be used by anyone living at that address. You should never give your card to friends or family members who do not live in the same household as you. If a grocery store suspects that an EBT card is being used fraudulently, the store manager reserves the right to place a hold on your card until proof of ownership is provided.
If your EBT card is lost or stolen, you should contact your local EBT customer service hotline as soon as possible.
Before You Go
Most WinCo stores accept EBT as a valid payment method. Newly opened WinCo stores are the only places that may have difficulty accepting this type of payment, which will hopefully change in the near future.
For more information on this, do not hesitate to contact the WinCo team through the website or in-store.