How to Buy Groceries Online with Vermont EBT
If you are an Vermont EBT Cardholder, you can now use your EBT Card online to buy groceries for delivery! This is great news for Vermont Food Stamps recipients. In this post, we will explain how to buy groceries online with your Vermont EBT Card.
We will also cover:
- EBT Online Purchasing Pilot Program
- Where you can use your Vermont EBT online
- How to use your Vermont EBT online
- What you can buy with Vermont EBT online
- Vermont EBT Card FAQs
To learn how to use your Vermont 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:
Currently, the EBT Online Purchasing Program includes 19 states – with an additional 18 states expected to join the program in the coming weeks. This rapid expansion was the government’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
The program’s expansion provides low-income households with access to fresh, nutritious food during stay-at-home orders.
Online Purchasing Pilot for Vermont EBT Cardholders
On April 27th 2020, the USDA expanded their Online Purchasing Pilot for Vermont EBT Cardholders. As a result, Vermont food stamp recipients can now use their EBT Card online to purchase groceries at select grocery retailers.
The Vermont food stamps program includes nearly 70,000 individuals and 30,000 households throughout the state.
Below is a list of grocery stores that accept Vermont 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 Vermont food stamps card and have it delivered to you.
Where Can I Use my Vermont EBT Card Online?
You can use your Vermont EBT Card to purchase groceries online at Walmart and Amazon. Currently, these are the only two retailers you can use your Vermont EBT card online. More retailers will be approved for EBT online in the coming months.
For help on how to use your Vermont food stamp benefits to purchase groceries at Walmart and Amazon online, continue reading below.
How to Buy Groceries Online with your Vermont EBT
Find out how to use your Vermont EBT card to buy groceries online at Walmart and Amazon. Follow the instructions provided below.
How to Buy Walmart Groceries Online with Vermont 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 delivery for select addresses.
How it Works
To shop online for groceries with your Vermont 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.
If you would like to see if your address is eligible for Walmart Grocery Delivery, enter your home shipping address.
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 Vermont 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 – Select Delivery or Grocery Pick-Up
When your order has been successfully placed, you will receive confirmation of your order via email. For grocery delivery, you will receive notification once your order is on the way. This includes estimated delivery day and time.
For grocery pick-up, you will receive a notification when your order is ready to be picked up. Please bring your Vermont EBT Card and ID with you to pick-up your online grocery order.
**Walmart grocery pick-up is currently only available at the Bennington store
Other States that Accept EBT Online at Walmart
All Walmart grocery stores accept EBT cards as payment. However, EBT cardholders in states participating in the Online Purchasing Pilot can use their card to purchase groceries online at Walmart. For more information, check out our post here.
If you are a SNAP/EBT cardholder in a state not participating in the pilot, you can order your groceries online and pay with your EBT card at pick-up. However, you will not be able to 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 Vermont 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 Vermont can use their EBT to shop and purchase food online for delivery.
How it Works
To shop online for groceries with your Vermont 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 Vermont EBT Card
Once logged in, enter your Vermont food stamps card to add it to your Amazon account. Type in your complete Vermont SNAP EBT card number. After that, click the “submit” button.
Next, enter your delivery zip code. This will tell you whether or not your zip code is eligible for delivery on purchases using your Vermont 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
When your EBT Card is added you can begin shopping for your groceries online. You can use Amazon Grocery, Amazon Fresh, or Amazon Pantry to purchase 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 Vermont 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. However, you can earn free shipping by adding enough qualifying items to your order.
Below are the minimum purchase amounts to qualify for free shipping/delivery at Amazon Grocery, Fresh or Pantry.
Free Shipping Amazon Order Minimum
- $25 Order Minimum – Amazon Grocery
- $35 Order Minimum – Amazon Fresh
- $35 Order Minimum – Amazon Pantry
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 Vermont 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 Vermont EBT Card, continue reading below.
What you can Buy Online with your Vermont EBT Card
You can use your Vermont 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.
- Meat and Poultry
- Fish and Seafood
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Bread and Cereal
- Snack Food
- Dairy Products
- Nonalcoholic Beverages
- Soft Drinks
Additionally, you can also buy plants and seeds to grow food at home.
You cannot use your Vermont EBT card to buy groceries online that are considered 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 Vermont EBT card, click here to see the complete eligible SNAP list.
Vermont EBT Card FAQs
Here is a list of our most frequently asked about the Vermont 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 Vermont EBT online, check here for updates.
Can Vermont EBT Cardholders purchase food from Whole Foods using SNAP benefits?
No, you cannot use your Vermont EBT Card online at Whole Foods. However, some Whole Foods brands are available to purchase with your Vermont EBT Card on the Amazon Grocery, Fresh, and Pantry.
Can I purchase non-SNAP items online Amazon with my EBT Card?
If an order contains non-SNAP eligible food items, customers are required to pay
with another form of payment. You can use a credit or debit card, a gift card, or another
acceptable form of payment.
Can Vermont SNAP benefits pay for delivery?
Only eligible food items can be purchased with your Vermont EBT benefits. Any delivery fees or charges may not be paid for with your SNAP benefits – you must use another form of payment.
Can I use my Vermont EBT Card at Farmer’s Markets?
Yes, you can use your 3SquareVT benefits to buy fresh, local food at Farmer’s Markets throughout Vermont. Most farmer’s markets will double your EBT benefits. To learn more and find a farmer’s market near you, click here.
How do I check my Vermont EBT Card balance?
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 Vermont EBT benefits deposited into my account?
Vermont EBT benefits are sent out on the first day of every month.
What happens if I don’t use all my 3SquaresVT benefits?
Any remaining food benefits on your Vermont EBT Card will be permanently removed from your account after 365 days. Any cash benefits not used within 90 days will be removed from your EBT Card account.
Can I get cashback when I use my Vermont EBT Card?
No, you cannot get cashback when you redeem your 3SquaresVT benefits at a store.
Shop with Vermont EBT Online for Grocery Delivery
We hope this post on how to use your Vermont EBT Card to purchase groceries online for delivery was helpful to you. If you have additional questions or need help using your Vermont EBT Card online at Amazon or Walmart, leave those in the comments section below.