Does Amazon Take EBT?

Last updated Sep. 15, 2022 by Jessica Green

Amazon is one of the largest retail stores in the world. It is best known for its cheap products and wide variety of products.

If you’re a SNAP beneficiary, you must be wondering if Amazon accepts EBT payment options. This article reveals the states in the USA that are eligible to use EBT on Amazon.

What is EBT?

People who register for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are provided with an Electronic Benefits Transfer Card (EBT). This card allows its owners to purchase items without paying for them.

This card works in the same way a credit or debit card works. But unlike a credit or debit card, the EBT card can only be used to purchase SNAP-eligible products from approved retailers.

Majority of people make use of their EBT cards in some approved in-store. However, some online stores are beginning to accept EBT cards as a form of payment.

Does Amazon Accept EBT Card?

Yes! Amazon accepts SNAP EBT cards. It allows you to use your card to make purchases via Amazon Fresh and Amazon Groceries. Shipping is often offered for free but you will have to fulfill certain purchase limits.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) operates a pilot program called the SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot that allows people to purchase food online using their EBT cards. Through this initiative, SNAP beneficiaries can use their EBT cards to buy groceries online from participating stores in specified states using their EBT cards. Amazon is one of the participating stores.

What States are Eligible to Utilize EBT on Amazon?

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If you reside in a state that participates in the Online Purchasing Pilot program, you can use your EBT to make purchases on Amazon.

48 American states are currently participating in the SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot. They include:

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. California
  5. Colorado
  6. Connecticut
  7. Delaware
  8. District of Columbia
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois
  14. Indiana
  15. Iowa
  16. Kansas
  17. Kentucky
  18. Maine
  19. Maryland
  20. Massachusetts
  21. Michigan
  22. Minnesota
  23. Mississippi
  24. Missouri
  25. Nebraska
  26. Nevada
  27. New Hampshire
  28. New Jersey
  29. New Mexico
  30. New York
  31. North Carolina
  32. North Dakota
  33. Ohio
  34. Oklahoma
  35. Oregon
  36. Pennsylvania
  37. Rhode Island
  38. South Carolina
  39. South Dakota
  40. Tennessee
  41. Texas
  42. Utah
  43. Vermont
  44. Virginia
  45. Washington
  46. West Virginia
  47. Wisconsin
  48. Wyoming

How Can I Buy On Amazon With EBT Card?

To make purchases on Amazon, you will need to link your EBT card to your Amazon account.

When you have linked your EBT card, you can shop for the approved products on Amazon. When you want to check out, you will use your EBT card pin to pay.

Amazon Fresh and Amazon Groceries are the two Amazon platforms that accept payment for things with the EBT card pin.

Amazon Fresh operates in a similar way to the conventional grocery store. You can purchase a large variety of groceries on Amazon Fresh and you can have them delivered to your door with the EBT Card.

The EBT card only makes you eligible for items like perishables, shelf-stables, and house items.

While Amazon Fresh is only accessible to premium members, Amazon has made it available to customers with the EBT card. Members with the EBT cards don’t have to pay membership fees to the Amazon Prime program.

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