Shell stations accept EBT cards. However, you can only use your EBT card for food purchases — not to buy gasoline, beer, or cigarettes.
Does Shell Take EBT?
Does Shell take EBT cards for eligible items? Yes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) maintains a nationwide list of stores that accept SNAP/EBT. Multiple Shell locations are on that list. We also contacted Shell locations in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin to confirm. Customer service representatives at all of the locations we contacted said EBT could be used to purchase food items.
Note that truck stops which use Shell fuel may not accept EBT. While Shell provides fuel at these locations, the stores found on-site are not operated by Shell and may or may not be on the USDA’s list of approved retailers.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program designed to help low-income families and individuals receive proper nutrition. SNAP benefits are available by Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT). According to the USDA, SNAP participants can purchase food items with their benefits. Prohibited items include: alcohol, tobacco, household supplies, vitamins, pet food, and hot foods prepared in-store. Gasoline is also not a SNAP-approved purchase.