Short Answer: All Whole Foods 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 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
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 Whole Foods. 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. The process to use WIC at Whole Foods will also vary by state; some states issue checks or vouchers for WIC benefits, while others use reloadable cards.
Foods covered by WIC include the following:
- Baby food
- Canned fish
- Infant formula
- Peanut butter
- Whole-grain foods
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.