Does CVS Accept EBT Card for Food Stamps

We got questions about whether Walgreens accepts Food Stamps or SNAP Benefits Card and we did a a post on the topic. We figured we might as well do the same for CVS Pharmacy, which is the second largest pharmacy chain in the United States after Walgreens. They have more than 7,600 stores. While Walgreen accepts Food Stamps at select stores, and you have to call to find out which one, CVS accepts them at all their stores and that is stated clearly on their website. Here it is:

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Does CVS Accept EBT Card

"Does CVS accept EBT Card Food Stamps"

As you can see, they do. Now, the question is what can you buy there with your SNAP benefits card. Remember that you cannot buy hot prepared foods, paper products, alcohol, household items, cigarettes, pet food and other non-food items. If you are not sure what you are allowed to buy with your SNAP EBT Card, click here to see the list. We have also posted it below for your convenience. A simple way to look at this from the government perspective is that food stamps are to help you get essential foods that you need. And that is food you have to get and prepare at home. They are not going to give you money to buy fast food or junk food.

"what you can buy with SNAP Benefits Card"

Click here to apply for food stamps in your state.

Does Walgreens Accept EBT Card for Food Stamps?

We get questions about whether Walgreens accepts EBT Cards (Food Stamps or SNAP Benefit cards). We are not surprised because Walgreens is the largest drugstore in the U.S, with over 8,200 company-operated stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands. Based on the EBT Card food list, or the items you are allowed to buy with food stamps, there is a very limited choice of things you can buy with your card at a drug store, versus say a farmers market or grocery store/supermarket. But since we keep getting the questions, we figured it must be because Walgreens has so many locations and are even in areas where there are not traditional grocery or supermarkets. Here is the answer we found when we looked into the question:

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Does Walgreens Accept EBT Card?

When we searched their website for an answer, this is what we found:

"does walgreens accept Food Stamps EBT Card"

As you can see, they want you to call the store. To find the store nearest to you, see the store locator. If you are not sure about what you can buy with your card, here is a list of items that are allowed:

What can you buy with EBT Card?

Here is a list of food items approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for EBT Cardholders. We have also included the list of prohibited items.

Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Foods for the household to eat, such as:
  • breads and cereals;
  • fruits and vegetables;
  • meats, fish and poultry; and
  • dairy products.
  • Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
  • Any nonfood items, such as:
  • pet foods
  • soaps, paper products
  • household supplies
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Food that will be eaten in the store
  • Hot foods

"Does Walgreens Accept EBT Card for Food Stamps"

Unless your Walgreens sells fresh produce, there are very limited things you can buy. You can probably only get bread and cereal and dairy products. As you can also see, you cannot buy pet food, soap, household suppliers etc. That’s why you are probably best off using your EBT Card at a grocery store where you have a wide variety of items you can buy that are allowed on the list we provided. If you don’t have transportation and can only shop at convenience stores and pharmacies, maybe you should look into farmers markets in your area.