Key Takeaways

  • If trips to the grocery store are a challenge, many retailers and stores allow you to use your SNAP EBT card for grocery delivery and pickup.

  • Amazon, Walmart, and Target are three major digital retailers that accept online EBT payments for SNAP-eligible food items.

  • With online EBT grocery delivery and pickup, you may be responsible for additional fees not covered by your SNAP benefits.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—also known as SNAP—helps many older adults stretch their food budget each month. But what if just getting to the grocery store is a challenge?

If shopping trips are difficult due to your limited mobility, or if you lack easy access to transportation, you may be able to use your SNAP EBT card for online grocery delivery and pickup. This convenient option, typically available through an app or website, can help you save time and get the food you need without having to set foot in a store.

What apps accept EBT cards?

SNAP EBT online shopping is available through major digital retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Target, and via grocery delivery services such as Instacart. EBT grocery delivery and pickup options are also offered by many grocery stores across the country.

What can you buy with your SNAP EBT card on Amazon?

Groceries on Amazon and Amazon’s grocery delivery and pickup service, Amazon Fresh, now accept SNAP EBT cards in all U.S. states except Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Montana. It’s important to understand that these are two distinct services.

  • Groceries on Amazon: In the Grocery and Gourmet Food section on Amazon.com, you’ll find a broad selection of EBT-eligible, non-perishable pantry staples and shelf-stable food items. Look for items labeled "SNAP EBT Eligible.”

    Amazon Prime members get free shipping on orders of any size. If you're not a Prime member, you can receive free delivery on grocery orders by purchasing $25 or more of eligible items. If you place a smaller order, you must pay a shipping fee, which will not be covered by your SNAP EBT card. In that case, you’ll need to provide an alternative form of payment to make up the difference.
  • Amazon Fresh: Available only in select cities across the U.S., Amazon Fresh is more comparable to a traditional grocery store. You’ll find perishable items such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, poultry, and more. You can schedule your EBT grocery delivery within a 1- or 2-hour delivery timeframe.

    The minimum order value for free delivery with Amazon Fresh is $35, or $50 in certain regions. Smaller orders may incur a delivery fee that won’t be covered by your SNAP EBT card, and you’ll have to pay the difference out of pocket.

What is FarmboxRx?

FarmboxRx is a national grocery delivery service. It gives qualified Medicare Advantage and Medicaid members the opportunity to order fresh produce and pantry staples online using their insurance plan’s member benefits. In 2021, FarmboxRx announced that it will accept SNAP EBT benefits. Check with your insurance provider to see if you’re able to use your member benefits for FarmboxRx EBT grocery delivery.

Can I Use SNAP on Instacart?

Yes, you can also use your EBT card with Instacart, an online grocery delivery service, to buy groceries at SNAP-participating retailers for delivery or pickup.

Instacart provides groceries through the following EBT SNAP retailers:

  • ALDI
  • Price Rite
  • Stop & Shop
  • Price Chopper
  • Hannaford Supermarket
  • Market 32

Like with Amazon, you'll need to create an Instacart account (or add your EBT card to your existing account) to order EBT grocery delivery or pickup. You can do this through the Instacart app or by visiting Instacart.com.

Instacart has waived the delivery and pickup fees on all eligible EBT SNAP orders of $35 or more through March 31, 2022. This only applies if you have a valid EBT card linked to your Instacart account in connection with your purchase.

Can I Use EBT for Walmart delivery?

Walmart is currently the only superstore approved to accept SNAP EBT card payments for online grocery delivery and pickup. You can place an order by visiting Walmart.com or by downloading the Walmart app (you’ll need to create an account first if you don’t have one). Walmart accepts EBT online in 48 U.S. states. Customers in Alaska and Montana can pay for groceries using their EBT card at pickup.

Free curbside pickup service at Walmart has a $35 order minimum; if your order falls below this amount you will be charged a pickup fee. For EBT grocery delivery, fees may apply and depend on whether you choose regular or Express delivery. Only eligible food items may be purchased with your EBT SNAP benefits at Walmart and pickup and delivery fees are not covered. You can pay these fees using your EBT cash benefits (if you have them) or your personal debit/credit card.

Can I Use EBT at Target online?

Target recently announced that in later 2022, it will roll out a digital SNAP payment option. This will allow customers to purchase SNAP-eligible grocery items on Target.com through the company's delivery service arm, Shipt.

Customers will be able to use their EBT card at checkout just like they'd use a credit or debit card, and they can choose same-day Drive Up or Order Pickup options at no additional cost. Same-day grocery delivery is also available at Target.com for $9.99. It's not yet clear whether SNAP customers will be charged that same fee for delivery.

What grocery stores accept EBT online?

The following retailers offer EBT online grocery delivery and/or pickup. Check with your local store first to see which services are available in your area:

Does DoorDash take EBT?

No. Food delivery apps such as DoorDash, GrubHub, Uber Eats, and PostMates do not accept EBT SNAP benefits. This is because these services primarily deliver hot, prepared food—which is explicitly excluded from food items covered by SNAP.

Are you missing out on vital SNAP benefits?

Approximately three out of five seniors who qualify to receive SNAP are forfeiting benefits—an estimated 5 million people! Don’t pass up life-changing assistance that can help you eat healthier and stay independent for longer. NCOA offers a free, easy-to-use SNAP screening tool that can tell you if you qualify before you fill out a SNAP application. Visit BenefitsCheckUp.org/GetSNAP and select your state of residence to get started.