Short Answer: All Whole Foods Market locations in the U.S. accept EBT, and many also accept WIC. For more information about using EBT and WIC at Whole Foods, see below.
Does Whole Foods Accept EBT/SNAP?
Whole Foods Market accepts EBT cards for in-store purchases. EBT cards receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); because SNAP is a federal, nationwide program, all Whole Foods locations can accept EBT.
You can use EBT to pay for most food items at Whole Foods, including bakery items (as previously reported). However, you cannot use EBT to buy prepared foods/hot foods or products from any of the following categories:
- Pet food
- Toiletries (paper products, cosmetics, etc.)
See our related research for more information on what you can and can’t buy with EBT.
How to Use EBT at Whole Foods
EBT works like a credit or debit card. At the checkout counter, you’ll swipe your EBT card and enter your pin on the card reader to pay for your purchases.
You cannot use EBT for online, store pick-up, or delivery orders at most Whole Foods locations, though some participate in a pilot EBT delivery program. You can find out if your zip code is eligible for delivery by registering through Amazon; for other delivery options, see our list of places that offer EBT food delivery.
If you don’t have enough money on your EBT card to pay for your entire purchase, you can pay with your EBT card first and then pay for the remaining amount with a different form of payment. Before visiting the store, you may want to check your EBT balance; you can do so at an ATM or by calling your state’s EBT customer service line.
Does Whole Foods Accept WIC?
WIC is similar to SNAP but benefits women, infants, and children specifically. States must authorize individual store locations to accept WIC benefits. Many Whole Foods stores do accept WIC, but before visiting, it’s best to check with your local benefits agency or contact your local store.
Foods covered by WIC include the following:
- Brown rice
- Canned fish
- Cereals (ready-to-eat, instant, or hot)
- Corn or whole wheat tortillas
- Dry or canned beans, peas, or lentils
- Fresh, canned, frozen, or dried fruits and vegetables
- Fruit or vegetable juice
- Infant food
- Infant formula
- Peanut butter
- Whole wheat pasta
- Whole wheat/whole grain bread
How to Use EBT at Whole Foods
The process of using WIC at Whole Foods will vary by state. Some states issue checks or vouchers for WIC benefits, while others use reloadable cards or deliver food packages directly to participants’ homes.
Bring your vouchers or benefits card to the register; if you have a WIC card, you’ll follow the same EBT card process detailed above, using the store’s standard pin pad. It’s a good idea to have a second payment method on hand to cover any items that aren’t eligible for WIC.
For more stores that take WIC, see the list of over 85 WIC retailers and our research on WIC-only stores. We also have the details of the EBT/WIC acceptance policy at a similar store, Sprouts Farmers Market.