How to Buy Groceries Online with North Carolina EBT
If you are a North Carolina EBT Cardholder, you can now use your EBT Card online to buy groceries for delivery! This is great news for North Carolina Food Stamps recipients. In this post, we will explain how to buy groceries online with your North Carolina EBT Card.
We will also cover:
- EBT Online Purchasing Pilot Program
- Where you can use your North Carolina EBT online
- How to use your North Carolina EBT online
- What you can buy with North Carolina EBT online
- North Carolina EBT Card FAQs
To learn how to use your North Carolina EBT Card to purchase groceries online, continue reading below.
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 April 2020, the USDA expanded their Online Purchasing Pilot for North Carolina EBT Cardholders. North Carolina SNAP participation is over 1.2 million individuals and 600,000 households.
This change to North Carolina SNAP helps fight the coronavirus pandemic by ensuring that affected households are fed.
As a result, North Carolina 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 North Carolina EBT online and participate in the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot.
We will describe in detail each grocery store’s online EBT program. In addition, we will also cover how you can place an order using your North Carolina food stamps card and have it delivered to you.
Where Can I Use my North Carolina EBT Card Online?
You can use your North Carolina EBT Card to purchase groceries online at Walmart and Amazon. Currently, these are the only two retailers you can use your North Carolina EBT card online. More retailers will be approved for EBT online in the coming months.
For help on how to use your North Carolina food stamp benefits to purchase groceries at Walmart and Amazon online, continue reading below.
How to Buy Groceries Online with your North Carolina EBT
Find out how to use your North Carolina EBT card to buy groceries online at Walmart and Amazon. Follow the instructions provided below.
How to Buy Walmart Groceries Online with North Carolina 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 it Works
To shop online for groceries with your North Carolina 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.
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.
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
When done shopping, proceed as usual to pay for your order online. When you get to payment, select EBT Card. Next, enter your North Carolina 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.
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 North Carolina 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 Alabama, California, Florida, New York, Iowa, Oregon, Nebraska, and Washington, 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. Similarly, 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 Buy Amazon Groceries Online with North Carolina 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 North Carolina can use their EBT to shop and purchase food online for delivery.
How it Works
To shop online for groceries with your North Carolina EBT card, follow the instructions below.
Step 1 – Login your Amazon account
If you do not have an Amazon account, click on the “Create your Amazon account” as shown in the screenshot below.
Once you have created your account, proceed by entering your email and password to sign-in.
Step 2 – Add your North Carolina EBT Card
Once logged in, enter your North Carolina 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 North Carolina EBT card.
If eligible, click the “Add your SNAP EBT Card” button, as shown in the screenshot below.
Step 3 – Shop for Amazon Groceries Online
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. After that, enter your 4-digit PIN for your North Carolina EBT Card to place your order.
For help, see our screenshot below.
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.
Discounted Amazon Prime Membership
As an North Carolina 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.
To find out what you can buy online with your North Carolina EBT Card, continue reading below.
What you can Buy Online with your North Carolina EBT Card
You can use your North Carolina 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 North Carolina EBT card online to buy prepared food items. 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 North Carolina EBT card, click here to see the complete eligible SNAP list.
North Carolina EBT Card FAQs
Here is a list of our most frequently asked about the North Carolina 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 North Carolina EBT online, check here for updates.
Can I use EBT online Walmart?
Yes, you can use your EBT Card online at Walmart to purchase groceries for pick-up. You can use your EBT Card online at Walmart in:
- New York
Can I use EBT card on Amazon?
Yes, you can use your EBT Card on Amazon in Alabama, California, Florida, New York, Iowa, Oregon, Nebraska, and Washington.
Can North Carolina SNAP be used to pay for delivery?
Only eligible food items can be purchased with North Carolina EBT benefits. Any delivery fees or charges may not be paid for with your SNAP benefits – you must use another form of payment.
How do I check my North Carolina EBT Card balance?
You can check your North Carolina EBT Card balance online, in-person, or by phone. To complete your North Carolina EBT Card balance check, please call 1-888-622-7328 or visit the North Carolina EBT Edge website.
For more help checking your North Carolina EBT Card balance, follow our step-by-step guide here.
How do I know what items are eligible to be purchased with EBT online?
When shopping online at Walmart and Amazon with your North Carolina 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 much will I get on my EBT Card each month?
The amount of benefits you receive on your EBT Card each month is determined by your income and household size.
You can use the Maximum Monthly SNAP Amount Chart to find out the highest amount of benefits you can receive each month.
When are my North Carolina EBT benefits deposited into my account?
North Carolina EBT benefits are sent out from the 1st to the 5th of every month. Your EBT deposit date is based on the last digit of your head of household’s Social Security Number (SSN).
To find your North Carolina EBT deposit date, use the schedule below.
Shop with North Carolina EBT Online for Grocery Delivery
We hope this post on how to use your North Carolina EBT Card to purchase groceries online for delivery was helpful to you. If you have additional questions or need help using your North Carolina EBT Card online at Amazon or Walmart, leave those in the comments section below.
In addition, find out how you can save even more with your North Carolina EBT card. Check out our North Carolina EBT Discounts. You can save on things like phone service, museum admission, and much more!