71 Stores That Accept EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP

Woman grocery shopping at a store that accepts EBT

Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), individuals and families can buy food from a wide variety of stores using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.

However, not all stores that sell food will accept EBT cards for payment. Knowing which places take EBT can give you peace of mind and help you plan your shopping trip.

Below, I list the stores that accept EBT, plus explain more about how EBT works.

What to Know Before Shopping With EBT

The EBT card works like a debit card and is valid at places like grocery stores, convenience stores, dollar stores, and farmer’s markets.[1]

Each month, the state will load a set amount of funds onto your EBT card based on your income level and household size.[2]

You can use your EBT card to buy food for home consumption, such as bread, cereal, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, and seeds or plants that produce food.[3]

SNAP benefits aren’t valid on beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, tobacco, supplements, pet supplies, household supplies, or hot/prepared foods.[3]

See the full list of what you can and can’t buy with your benefits.

The List

The following grocery stores, superstores, and other stores accept EBT.

I gathered this information by contacting customer service representatives for each store, consulting state benefits agencies, and viewing the USDA’s list of approved SNAP retailers.

Keep in mind that while EBT is widely accepted at grocery stores, select locations may not accept it; you may want to call the store you plan to visit or bring a backup payment option.

I’ve listed these stores alphabetically since the best option for you will depend on which stores are available in your area and sell the product(s) you want to buy.

You can more easily find stores near you by using the Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut (Command+F on Mac) to search for your state’s two-letter abbreviation.

Note that local, independently owned stores and farmer’s markets may also accept EBT — my list only includes national and regional chains.

99 Ranch Market logo

99 Ranch Market

Albertsons logo

Albertsons

  • Participating states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, ID, LA, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY[6][7]
  • Find a store

ALDI logo

ALDI

  • Participating states: AL, AR, CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, and Washington, D.C.;[8][7] see more on ALDI’s accepted payment types.
  • Find a store
Big Lots logo

Big Lots

  • Participating states: Select stores in AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY[9][7]
  • Find a store

BigY logo

Big Y

BJs Wholesale Club logo

BJ’s Wholesale Club

  • Participating states: CT, DE, FL, GA, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, VA[11][7]
  • Find a store

Braums logo

Braum’s

Bravo Market logo

Bravo Supermarkets

Brookshires Food logo

Brookshire’s

CashSaver logo

Cash Saver

Costco logo

Costco

Country Fair logo

Country Fair

CVS logo

CVS

Dollar General logo

Dollar General

  • Participating states: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WV, WI, WY[19][7]
  • Find a store

Dollar Tree logo

Dollar Tree

ElSuper logo

El Super

Fareway logo

Fareway

Food 4 Less logo

Food 4 Less

Food City logo

Food City

FoodGiant logo

Food Giant

Food Lion logo

Food Lion

Fred Meyer logo

Fred Meyer

The Fresh Market logo

The Fresh Market

  • Participating states: AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MA, MS, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, VA[30][7]
  • Find a store

Fresh Thyme Market logo

Fresh Thyme

Frys Food Stores logo

Fry’s Food Stores

Giant Eagle logo

Giant Eagle

Giant Food logo

Giant Food

Gordon Foodservice logo

Gordon Food Service

Grocery Outlet logo

Grocery Outlet

Hannaford logo

Hannaford

Harps logo

Harps Foods

Harris Teeter logo

Harris Teeter

H-E-B logo

H-E-B

HMart logo

Hmart

Hy-Vee

Hy-Vee

Ingles logo

Ingles Markets

Jewel Osco logo

Jewel-Osco

King Soopers logo

King Soopers

Kroger logo

Kroger

Lowes Foods logo

Lowes Foods

Lidl logo

Lidl

  • Participating states: DE, GA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, SC, VA, and Washington, D.C.[54][7]
  • Find a store

Market Basket logo

Market Basket

Meijer logo

Meijer

Piggly Wiggly logo

Piggly Wiggly

  • Participating states: AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, OH, OK, MS, NY, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, WI[57][7]
  • Find a store

Price Chopper logo

Price Chopper

Publix logo

Publix

Raleys logo

Raley’s

Ralphs logo

Ralphs

Rite Aid logo

Rite Aid

  • Participating states: CA, CT, DE, ID, MD, MA, MI, NV, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, VT, VA, WA[63][7]
  • Find a store

Safeway logo

Safeway

  • Participating states: AK, AZ, CA, CO, DE, HI, ID, MD, MT, NE, NV, NM, OR, SD, VA, WA, WY, and Washington, D.C.[64][7]
  • Find a store
Sam's Club logo

Sam’s Club

Save A Lot logo

Save A Lot

  • Participating states: AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, WI[66][67][7]
  • Find a store

Schnucks logo

Schnucks

Shaws logo

Shaw’s

ShopRite logo

ShopRite

Smart and Final logo

Smart & Final

Smiths logo

Smith’s Food and Drug

Sprouts logo

Sprouts Farmers Market

Stater Bros logo

Stater Bros. Markets

Stop and Shop logo

Stop & Shop

Target logo

Target

Tops Friendly Markets logo

Tops Friendly Market

Trader Joes logo

Trader Joe’s

  • Participating states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, and Washington, D.C.[80][7]
  • Find a store

Vons logo

Vons

Walgreens logo

Walgreens

  • Participating states: Select stores in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.[83][7]
  • Find a store

Walmart logo

Walmart

Wegmans logo

Wegmans

  • Participating states: DE, MD, MA, NJ, NY, NC, PA, VA, and Washington, D.C.[86][7]
  • Find a store

Weis Markets logo

Weis Markets

Whole Foods logo

Whole Foods

Winco Foods logo

WinCo Foods

Winn-Dixie logo

Winn-Dixie

Tip: The USDA Food and Nutrition Service provides an interactive map called the SNAP Retailer Locator. This map can help you find additional options for shopping with EBT, including local farmers markets, delis, and specialty retailers like fish markets or ethnic grocery stores.

Stores That Don’t Accept EBT

Most grocery store chains accept EBT; I found no major national or regional grocery store chains that don’t accept it. However, EBT policies do vary among smaller grocers.

Grocery stores must apply for SNAP program approval and must submit to monitoring to ensure that they follow federal EBT rules.[94]

Approved stores must also have the appropriate equipment and training to process EBT cards.[94]

Individual grocery stores and small chains may choose not to accept EBT if the costs of participating in the program outweigh the business it brings to the store.

Additionally, stores that do not have a particular focus on groceries — such as Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Party City, and The Home Depot — typically don’t accept EBT, even for EBT-eligible products like snacks and plant seeds.[95]

FAQ

Can I use my EBT card for online purchases?

Online acceptance varies by the store but may be available for delivery and/or pickup. See more about EBT food delivery. Or, see the list of grocery stores that take EBT for curbside services.

Can I use my EBT card at restaurants?

If your state offers the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP), SNAP recipients who are homeless, elderly, or disabled can buy hot meals at participating restaurants.[96] Find out more about fast food that takes EBT.

Can I use my EBT card in another state?

EBT cards are “interoperable” — meaning you can use them outside of your home state (as previously reported). The exception to this rule is the Restaurant Meals Program, which is state-specific due to the additional requirements you must meet to qualify.[97]

How do I keep track of my EBT card balance?

You can check your EBT balance at any time online or by phone (as previously reported). Each state has a dedicated EBT contact number and online portal to help recipients keep track of their spending. It’s a good idea to check your balance before heading to the store or keep a second payment method (like a credit or debit card) on hand.

In Summary

You can use your EBT card at a wide range of stores, including grocery stores like Albertsons and Kroger, superstores like Walmart, warehouse stores like Costco, and other stores like CVS and Dollar General.

Keep in mind that you can only use your EBT card for eligible items — staple foods like bread, cereal, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, and dairy products.[3]

If you have any questions or want to share your experience using EBT at these stores, feel free to leave a comment below.

  1. https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/361[]
  2. https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/recipient/eligibility[]
  3. https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items[][][]
  4. 99 Ranch Market store customer service representatives[]
  5. https://www.99ranch.com/user/stores[]
  6. Albertsons customer service (877) 723-3929[]
  7. https://usda-fns.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=15e1c457b56c4a729861d015cd626a23[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
  8. https://www.aldi.us/en/about-us/faqs/method-of-payment-aldi-gift-cards-coupons/[]
  9. https://www.biglots.com/page/easypayments[]
  10. https://www.bigy.com/Services/Policies[]
  11. https://www.bjs.com/help/does-bj-s-accept-food-stamps-as-a-form-of-payment-/[]
  12. Braum’s store customer service representatives[]
  13. Bravo Supermarkets store customer service representatives[]
  14. Brookshire’s store customer service representatives[]
  15. Cash Saver store customer service representatives[]
  16. https://customerservice.costco.com/app/answers/answer_view/a_id/719?r=mainNav[]
  17. Country Fair store customer service representatives[]
  18. https://www.cvs.com/content/snap[]
  19. Dollar General store customer service representatives[]
  20. Dollar Tree store customer service representatives[]
  21. El Super store customer service representatives[]
  22. Fareway store customer service representatives[]
  23. https://www.fareway.com/stores[]
  24. Food 4 Less store customer service representatives[]
  25. Food City store customer service representatives[]
  26. https://www.foodgiant.com/locations/[]
  27. Food Giant store customer service representatives[]
  28. https://foodlion.com/pages/snap-ebt-overview[]
  29. Fred Meyer store customer service representatives[]
  30. https://www.thefreshmarket.com/ways-to-shop[]
  31. https://ww2.freshthyme.com/sm/planning/rsid/104/help?itm_medium=footer&itm_source=footer&itm_campaign=FAQ[]
  32. Fry’s Food Stores location customer service representatives[]
  33. https://www.frysfood.com/i/payment/snap-ebt-online-orders[]
  34. Giant Eagle store customer service representatives[]
  35. https://giantfood.com/help/policies-practices/article/558375[]
  36. https://stores.giantfood.com/[]
  37. https://gfsstore.com/in-store-services/[]
  38. https://gfsstore.com/locations/[]
  39. https://www.groceryoutlet.com/our-story/frequently-asked-questions[]
  40. Hannaford store customer service representatives[]
  41. Harps Foods store customer service representatives[]
  42. Harris Teeter store customer service representatives[]
  43. H-E-B store customer service representatives[]
  44. Hmart store customer service representatives[]
  45. https://www.hy-vee.com/stores/[]
  46. Hy-Vee customer service (800) 772-4098[]
  47. Ingles Markets store customer service representatives[]
  48. Jewel-Osco store customer service representatives[]
  49. King Soopers store customer service representatives[]
  50. Kroger store customer service representatives[]
  51. https://www.kroger.com/stores/grocery[]
  52. Kroger customer service (800) 576-4377[]
  53. Lowes Foods store customer service representatives[]
  54. https://help.lidl.com/selfservice/s/article/What-are-my-payment-options-in-the-store-1614089638301[]
  55. Market Basket store customer service representatives[]
  56. Meijer customer service (877) 363-4537[]
  57. https://www.pigglywiggly.com/store-locations/[]
  58. Price Chopper store customer service representatives[]
  59. https://www.publix.com/faq/customer-service[]
  60. Publix store customer service representatives[]
  61. Raley’s store customer service representatives[]
  62. https://www.ralphs.com/i/payment/snap-ebt-online-orders[]
  63. Rite Aid store customer service representatives[]
  64. https://local.safeway.com/safeway.html[]
  65. https://help.samsclub.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/194/kw/ebt?xid=help_search-results_link_1_supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program–sams-club[]
  66. https://savealot.com/about/[]
  67. Save A Lot store customer service representatives[]
  68. Schnucks store customer service representatives[]
  69. Shaw’s customer service (877) 723-3929[]
  70. ShopRite customer service (800) 746-7748[]
  71. Smart & Final store customer service representatives[]
  72. https://www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/i/payment/snap-ebt-online-orders[]
  73. Smith’s Food and Drug store customer service representatives[]
  74. https://www.sprouts.com/policies/[]
  75. Stater Bros. Markets store customer service representatives[]
  76. https://stopandshop.com/help/policies-practices/article/558375[]
  77. Stop & Shop store customer service representatives[]
  78. https://help.target.com/help/subcategoryarticle?childcat=SNAP+EBT&parentcat=Payment+Options&searchQuery=[]
  79. Tops Friendly Markets store customer service representatives[]
  80. https://www.traderjoes.com/home/FAQ/general-faqs[]
  81. Vons customer service (877) 723-3929[]
  82. https://local.vons.com/[]
  83. https://www.walgreens.com/topic/help/shophelp/paymentmethods_help.jsp[]
  84. https://www.walmart.com/store-directory[]
  85. Walmart store customer service representatives[]
  86. https://www.wegmans.com/service/faq/store-policies/#paymentmethods[]
  87. Weis Markets store customer service representatives[]
  88. https://www.weismarkets.com/stores[]
  89. https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/customer-service/topics/stores#00000173-965b-dfbb-a3fb-b77b3b690000[]
  90. WinCo Foods store customer service representatives[]
  91. Winn-Dixie store customer service representatives[]
  92. Winn-Dixie customer service (844) 745-0463[]
  93. https://www.winndixie.com/locator[]
  94. https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailer/training[][]
  95. https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailer/eligible[]
  96. https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailer/restaurant-meals-program[]
  97. https://ask.usda.gov/s/article/Can-I-buy-food-at-restaurants-with-Supplemental-Nutrition-Assistance-Program-benefits-For-SNAP-Clien[]

10 comments


  • Chloe

    Does Ranch99 accepts EBT card?

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      First Quarter Finance | Laura Bachmann

      Hi Chloe,

      Did you mean 99 Ranch (that’s the closest that came up in my searches)? Yes, 99 Ranch does take EBT cards.

  • B.B.

    Does the new Lidl grocery stores accept EBT cards?

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      First Quarter Finance | Laura Bachmann

      Hi BB,

      Lidl accepts EBT cards at all of our store locations when swiped as a Debit Card during purchase.

  • Jeanie

    can my ebt card be used at Costco?

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      First Quarter Finance | Kathleen Wilson

      Hi Jeanie,
      You’re in luck. Looks like you can indeed use your EBT card at Costco. You can’t use it at costco.com or the Costco car wash or gas station though.

  • Oliver

    Does Price Rite and Hannaford Food accept EBT?

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      First Quarter Finance | Rebecca Turley

      Hi Oliver,

      Yes, both Price Rite and Hannaford accept EBT.

  • Patty

    Can you use EBT at Whole Foods to purchase a cold food platter in Georgia? I’ve used the card before at another grocery store.

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      First Quarter Finance | Laura Bachmann

      Hi Patty,

      You can see this article on Whole Food’s EBT policies for more info. Whole Foods takes EBT in every state. There are certain departments at Whole Food you cannot use EBT to purchase from. These are: beer, flower/floral, wine, whole body, and pets. I’d guess your cold food platter is not from one of those, so yes, you should be able to use EBT for it.

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