How to Buy Groceries Online with Iowa EBT Card

If you are an Iowa EBT Cardholder, you can now use your EBT Card online to buy groceries for delivery! This is great news for Iowa Food Stamps recipients. In this post, we will explain how to buy groceries online with your Iowa EBT Card.

We will also cover:

  • EBT Online Purchasing Pilot Program
  • Where you can use your Iowa EBT online
  • How to use your Iowa EBT online
  • What you can buy with Iowa EBT online
  • Iowa EBT Card FAQs

To learn how to use your Iowa EBT Card to purchase groceries online, continue reading below.

How to Buy Groceries Online with your Iowa EBT Card

EBT Online Purchasing Pilot Program

In 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a pilot program for online EBT purchases. The program allows EBT Cardholders to purchase groceries online for delivery or pick-up.

Additionally, the program was only launched in select states. These states include:

In March 2020, the USDA expanded their Online Purchasing Pilot for Iowa EBT Cardholders. As a result, Iowa food stamp recipients can now use their EBT Card online to purchase groceries at select grocery merchants.

Below is a list of grocery stores that accept Iowa EBT online and participate in the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot.

We will describe in detail each grocery store’s online EBT program. We will also cover how you can place an order using your Iowa food stamps card and have it delivered to you.

Where Can I use my Iowa EBT Card to buy groceries online

Where Can I Use my Iowa EBT Card Online?

You can use your Iowa EBT card to purchase groceries online at Walmart and Amazon. Currently, these are the only two retailers you can use your Iowa EBT card online. More retailers will be approved for EBT online in the coming months.

For help on how to use your Iowa food stamp benefits to purchase groceries at Walmart and Amazon online, continue reading below.

How to Buy Groceries Online with your Iowa EBT

Find out how to use your Iowa EBT card to buy groceries online at Walmart and Amazon. Follow the instructions provided below.

How to Buy Walmart Groceries Online with Iowa EBT Card

Walmart participates in the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot and allows those with EBT to purchase food online. Currently, Walmart only offers online grocery purchases with EBT for pick-up and not for delivery.

How to Buy Groceries Online at Walmart with Iowa EBT Card

How it Works

To shop online for groceries with your Iowa EBT card, follow the instructions below.

Step 1 – Go to the Walmart Grocery website

The first step to purchase groceries online at Walmart is to go to the Walmart Grocery website at www.grocery.walmart.com.

How to use your EBT Card online at Walmart

Step 2 – Enter your Location

Next, enter your zip code to find the Walmart store location near you. This is the location you will pick-up your online grocery order from.

How to use your EBT Card online at Walmart

Step 3 – Shop for Groceries Online

Once you have selected your Walmart location, begin shopping for grocery items online. Add EBT eligible items to your shopping cart.

Step 4 – Checkout with your EBT Card

Once you are ready to checkout, proceed as usual to pay for your order online. When you get to payment, select EBT Card. Next, enter your Iowa EBT Card information. You must provide your EBT card number and PIN to complete checkout.

Please note, you can split your order with another payment method including a credit or debit card.

For help, see the screenshot below.

How to shop with EBT online at Walmart

Step 5 – Pick-up your Groceries

When your order has been successfully placed, you will receive notification when your groceries are ready for pick-up. Please bring your Iowa EBT Card and ID with you to pick-up your online grocery order. 

Other States that Accept EBT Online at Walmart 

All Walmart grocery stores accept EBT cards as payment. However, if you are a New York, Washington, or Oregon EBT cardholder, you can use your EBT card to purchase groceries online at Walmart. For more information, check out our post here

If you are a SNAP/EBT cardholder in another state, you can order your groceries online and pay with your EBT card at pick-up. At this time, you cannot use your EBT card to pay online. 

For help on how to pay with your EBT card in-person at Walmart, follow the instructions below.

How to Pay with EBT In-Person at Walmart

If you are an EBT Cardholder in another state, you shop online for free grocery pick-up and pay with your EBT Card in-person.

To pay for your pick-up grocery order at a participating Walmart store, select EBT at checkout. You will be prompted to bring your EBT Card and ID with you to pay for your purchase at pick-up.

For help, please see our screenshot below:

How to pay with EBT at Walmart pick-up

How to Buy Amazon Groceries Online with Iowa EBT Card

Amazon has been approved for the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot and has launched delivery for EBT Cardholders in select states. Cardholders in Iowa can use their EBT to shop and purchase food online for delivery.

How to Buy Groceries Online at Amazon with Iowa EBT

How it Works

To shop online for groceries with your Iowa EBT card, follow the instructions below.

Step 1 – Login your Amazon account

The first step to purchase groceries online at Amazon is to go to the website and log into your Amazon account. To login, click here.

If you do not have an Amazon account, click on the “Create your Amazon account” as shown in the screenshot below.

Login Amazon Account

Once you have created your account, proceed by entering your email and password to sign-in.

Step 2 – Add your Iowa EBT Card

Once logged in, enter your Iowa food stamps card to your Amazon account here. Type in your complete SNAP EBT card number and submit.

Next, enter your delivery zip code. This will tell you whether or not your zip code is eligible for delivery on purchases using your Iowa EBT card. 

If eligible, click the “Add your SNAP EBT Card” button, as shown in the screenshot below.

How to add EBT Card to Amazon Account

Step 3 – Shop for Amazon Groceries Online

When your EBT Card is added you can begin shopping for your groceries online. You can use Amazon Grocery, Amazon Fresh, or Amazon Grocery to purchase groceries online.

As an EBT cardholder, you have FREE access to Amazon Fresh when you add your SNAP EBT card. To learn more about Amazon Fresh, Grocery and Prime Pantry, click here.

Step 4 – Enter your PIN to Checkout

When you are done shopping and are ready to checkout, proceed as usual. At checkout select “EBT” as payment. Enter your 4-digit PIN for your Iowa EBT Card to place your order. 

For help, see our screenshot below.

"Use SNAP EBT Card Online"

Please note, you cannot use your food stamp benefits or EBT Card to pay for shipping or delivery fees. If you do not have Amazon Prime and would like free delivery, be sure to meet the free shipping minimums for each program.

If you are not an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up with your EBT Card and get 50% OFF a membership. To learn how to sign up, continue reading below.

"Amazon Prime Discount for EBT Recipients"

 

Discounted Amazon Prime Membership

As an Iowa EBT Cardholder, you can get over 50% OFF Amazon Prime when you sign up with your EBT Card. With the Amazon Prime EBT discount you can get all the great benefits of Prime at a fraction of the cost.

For just $5.99 per month you get all these EBT Amazon Prime benefits:

  • One-Day FREE Shipping on millions of eligible Amazon items
  • Two-Day FREE Shipping on millions of eligible Amazon items
  • Access to instantly stream thousands of FREE Movies & TV Shows
  • Access to Unlimited FREE Prime Music streaming
  • FREE 2-Hour Delivery on Prime Now items

To learn more about the Amazon Prime EBT Discount and the benefits and perks you get with Amazon Prime membership, click here.

CLICK HERE to Sign up and Save with the Amazon Prime Discount for EBT Cardholders.

To find out what you can buy online with your Iowa EBT Card, continue reading below.

What you can Buy Online with your Iowa EBT Card

You can use your Iowa EBT Card to buy eligible food stamps items. For instance, you can buy a variety of items that are sold to be eaten at home. This includes meat, seafood, snack foods, nonalcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and much more. Additionally, you can also buy plants and seeds to grow food at home.

You cannot use your Iowa EBT card to buy groceries online that are considered hot or prepared food. Also, you cannot buy vitamins, medicine, or any other nonfood items. 

For a complete list of what you can and cannot buy online with your Iowa EBT card, click here to see the complete eligible SNAP list.

Iowa EBT Card FAQs

Here is a list of our most frequently asked about the Iowa EBT Card.

When will I be able to purchase groceries from more stores online?

As the USDA Pilot progresses, more retailers will be launching the ability to pay with SNAP EBT online. To find out when more retailers accept Iowa EBT online, check here for updates.

Can Iowa SNAP be used to pay for delivery?

Only eligible food items can be purchased with Iowa EBT benefits. Any delivery fees or charges may not be paid for with your SNAP benefits – you must use another form of payment.

What time do food stamps appear on EBT Card in Iowa?

Food stamps are deposited into your Iowa EBT Card account by 6 a.m. on your scheduled deposit date. Deposit dates vary based on the first letter of your last name.

See the Iowa EBT Card Deposit Date schedule below:

First Letter Of Last Name Benefits Available
A or B 1st of the month
C or D 2nd of the month
E/F or G 3rd of the month
H or I 4th of the month
J/K or L 5th of the month
M/N or O 6th of the month
P/Q or R 7th of the month
S 8th of the month
T/U or V 9th of the month
W/X/Y or Z 10th of the month

How do I check my Iowa EBT Card balance?

You can check your Iowa EBT Card balance online, in-person, or by phone. To complete your Iowa EBT Card balance check, please call 1-800-359-5802 or visit the Iowa Connect EBT website.

How do I know what items are eligible to be purchased with EBT online?

When shopping online at Walmart and Amazon with your Iowa EBT card, eligible items will have a label in the product description. Look for a label that says “EBT and SNAP eligible” on products.

How do I get a new EBT Card in Iowa?

You can request an Iowa EBT Card replacement by calling 1-800-359-5802. A new Iowa EBT Card will be mailed to you within 7-10 business days. You can report Iowa food stamp fraud by calling 1-800-359-5802 or 1-877-347-5678.

Shop with Iowa EBT Online for Grocery Delivery

We hope this post on how to use your Iowa EBT Card to purchase groceries online for delivery was helpful to you. If you have additional questions or need help using your Iowa EBT Card online at Amazon or Walmart, leave those in the comments section below.

To find out how you can save even more with your Iowa EBT card, be sure to check out our Iowa EBT Discounts. You can save on things like phone service, museum admission, and much more!

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