SNAP users can now buy groceries online from Walmart using EBT cards

Kristen Walters

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Previously, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or "SNAP" users were not able to use their EBT cards to purchase food items online, but that has now changed. Last week the Department of Children and Family Services announced that Walmart stores would now allow SNAP users to order their groceries online and pay with their EBT cards without going into the store.

Shoppers can choose to have their groceries delivered directly to their homes (in areas where delivery is available) or made available for pickup. However, SNAP users are not able to use their benefits to pay for delivery fees, just eligible food items.

Currently, Walmart stores are accepting EBT card payments for online grocery orders in every state except Alaska and Montana. However, program participants in Alaska and Montana can still use their EBT cards at Walmart pickup locations.

To take advantage of this new payment option, you'll need to download the Walmart app or create an account at Walmart.com. After selecting your items, head over to the checkout page and select "Add EBT Card" to enter your information. You will have the option to save your EBT card for future use.

Currently, Walmart is the only major store that has been approved to accept SNAP EBT card payments online for eligible food options, but DCFS is anticipating that the federal government will extend this program to additional national chain stores in the very near future.

This program aims to give SNAP users access to the same convenient grocery shopping options that other shoppers have been enjoying for several years now.

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