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How to Accept Food Stamps at my Store

If you are a store or business owner and would like to accept food stamps (SNAP Benefits) at your location, you will first have to apply with the USDA for approval. In this post, we will give you the step-by-step process to get you approved to accept EBT Cards. Here’s how:

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How to Accept Food Stamps at my Store

Step 1

The first step in the process is to set up a USDA eAuthentication account. You will need an email address to do that. If you do not have an email address, you can sign up with either Gmail or Yahoo Mail. Once you have an email address, click here to sign up for the eAuthentication account. You will receive a confirmation email with a link, which you must click on to activate your account. After you complete this process, you are ready to move to step #2. If you do not have an internet access, you can also complete this process via phone by calling the USDA at via their toll free number at 1-877-823-4369.

 Step 2

The second step in the process is to fill out an online application. Remember, you need to have completed Step #1 above to be able to apply. Click here to go to the application page. Once there, click on “sign in” and log into your account. You can start and stop the application process. You have up to 30 days to complete and submit the online application to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). To complete the application, you are going to need the following information, so be ready to supply them:

  • Store owner’s name,
  • Store owner’s home address,
  • Store owner’s social security number,
  • Estimated store sales.

Once you submit the application, you can return to the same website to check the status of your application. All you need to do is sign into your account. It takes the USDA up to 45 days to process an application once it’s complete. As part of the application review process, what you submitted will be reviewed to make sure it is complete. Once that is determined, they will conducts a background check for past SNAP history, and evaluates your store for eligibility.  They may visit your store to confirm eligibility.  

Remember, that for your store to be eligible to accept EBT cards, you must meet the eligibility criteria below:

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Step 3

You may be requested to send supporting documentation to confirm information you provided on your application. Mail them to SNAP Retailer Service Center, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, PO Box 14500, Washington DC 20044. Please Note: UPS and FedEx will not deliver to a PO Box Address. 

If you have questions about the application process or are stuck in the process and are not sure what to do, you can contact the USDA’s SNAP Retailer Service Center at 1-877-823-4369 and a representative will assist you with your question. 

If you are approved

If you are approved for the program, make sure you take the training seriously. Food stamp abuse and fraud can land you in jail, so make sure you only allow people to buy foods approved on the SNAP list. Also, the actions of your employees regarding the SNAP program are your responsibility, so make sure you train them very well on how to deal with food stamp purchases.

Click here to begin the application now to get your store approved to accept food stamps.

Kwame Kuadey

Kwame Kuadey writes about personal finance and the social safety net. His career started in banking but he caught the entrepreneurial bug and has spent the last decade building successful businesses, including an Inc. 500 Company. Kwame believes everyone has the power to improve their quality of life by seeking knowledge and taking action. In 2012, Kwame founded Empower Media to help low-income households improve their financial situation. His expertise is in topics relevant to low-income households, including government benefits and assistance, banking products, access to credit, plus tools & resources to help reduce income volatility and build wealth. Kwame has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, ABC, and NPR.



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