Does Whole Foods accept EBT cards? (How it works and eligible items!)
You can use your EBT card when paying with cash at Whole Foods. However, this option is not available when paying your Whole Foods bill through Amazon.com. Whole Foods also accepts Mastercard, debit, credit cards, Apple Pay, and Whole Foods gift cards, among other payment methods.
With the EBT card, which stands for Electronic Benefit Transfer, you can make purchases while receiving government assistance in cash. EBT cards are issued to people who are eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
Does Whole Foods accept EBT cards?
Yes, Whole Foods accepts EBT at all of its locations. They also accept WIC from most Whole Foods. EBT-eligible items are available everywhere, and Whole Foods automatically separates them at checkout. Unfortunately, you cannot use EBT when shopping online at Whole Foods.
If you want to use EBT for Whole Foods delivery, you can do so through the Amazon Fresh foods category, Amazon Pantry foods, or Amazon Grocery foods.
Since Amazon also accepts EBT, you can purchase SNAP-eligible Whole Foods products/items on the Amazon Fresh Fulfillment Program service.
How do I use my EBT card at Whole Foods?
Using your EBT card at Whole Foods is easy. You just check out as usual.
You do not have to separate any EBT-approved items from non-grocery items. Checkout Opportunities does this for you automatically.
After scanning everything, just swipe your EBT card. From there, all of your EBT-approved items will be deducted and you can pay your balance, cash or card however you want.
Remember to swipe your EBT card first or everything will go to your credit card as one payment.
What can you buy with an EBT card?
You can buy any groceries at Whole Foods, even if it’s an expensive brand or not. Anything that is not groceries, such as personal hygiene products, is not eligible for EBT.
What EBT-approved items can you buy at Whole Foods?
Fruits and vegetables, including frozen and canned, and fresh vegetables.
Cheese, milk, yogurt, and almond milk are examples of dairy products.
Cereals and Bread
Snacks and non-alcoholic soft drinks are provided.
What you can’t buy with EBT at Whole Foods
You cannot use SNAP benefits to buy the following household items:
- Vitamins, Drugs and Dietary Supplements
- Instant food
- Live animals such as lobsters
- household essentials
- pet food
- Infant formula, pampers and wipes
- CBD products
- snacks like cheetos
What can you buy with WIC at Whole Foods?
Whole Foods offers the same items you buy at any other grocery store that uses WIC.
However, the WIC program is more stringent than the EBT-approved program and varies by state as to what is approved and what is not.
A general list of items you can buy with WIC at Whole Foods is:
- whole grains
- Milk and Soy Beverages
- canned fish
- ripe beans
- peanut butter
- breakfast cereal
- baby cereal
- infant formula
- baby fruits and vegetables
- baby meat
Whole Foods accepts EBT cards and WIC at all of its locations.
WIC is stricter than EBT, but they both offer great benefits and options for shopping at Whole Foods.
You don’t have to worry about sorting items into two categories at checkout, the cash register will do all that for you.