One of the best-kept secrets about New York EBT is the many discounts, perks and free stuff that are available to cardholders.
If you are on food stamps in New York or have an EBT card, you have access to many discounts and perks you may not even know about.
For example, you can get discounted Amazon prime membership. This is especially important now that you can use your EBT card to shop for groceries online on Amazon.com for delivery.
In addition, Amazon prime membership gives you other awesome benefits live 1-day free shipping on millions of items that are sold on Amazon.
Also, you may qualify for free or discounted cell phone, home phone, and internet services with your EBT card.
Furthermore, there are many arts, history and science venues in the state of New York that are now offering free admission or steep discounts to low-income families with EBT cards.
National EBT Discounts
Below are the discounts that are available to all EBT Cardholders across the United States, that can also be redeemed by New York EBT Card Holders.
Amazon Prime EBT Discount
If you have a New York EBT Card, you can now sign up for Amazon Prime EBT Discount and get all the great benefits that come with Prime membership, at a fraction of the cost.
The regular Amazon Prime membership is $14.99 a month. However, if you have an EBT Card, you can get Prime Membership for $6.99. That’s over 50% off the regular price.
Given that Amazon is part of the USDA pilot of vendors approved to accept food stamps online for delivery, prime membership allows you to order groceries through Amazon Pantry in certain parts of the country.
Sign-up for Amazon Prime EBT Discount HERE
If you are not sure if the Amazon Prime EBT Discount is worth it, here is a summary of the what you get with your Amazon Prime membership:
FREE, Fast Delivery on Millions of Items
With Amazon Prime membership, you get fast, free shipping on over 50 million eligible items on Amazon.com. They have also rolled out a program recently that allows people who live in certain metropolitan areas to get FREE Same-Day Delivery on over a million items and FREE 2-hour delivery with Prime Now on daily essentials and groceries.
Instantly Stream TV Shows and Movies
One of the most popular features is the instant streaming of TV Shows and Movies. Your Prime membership includes instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost. You can stream all these on select Smart TVs, Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, iPhones, tablets, and Android devices.
Other Benefits of Amazon Prime
- Buy groceries online with your EBT Card through Amazon Pantry for delivery (in states where this is available)
- Over two million songs. Thousands of playlists and stations (On-demand, ad-free music streaming)
- Books, Magazines & More (Unlimited reading on any device)
- Original audio series from Audible (Unlimited listening to original audio series)
- Twitch Prime (Get free game content every month, exclusive discounts, plus loads more)
- All your photos, together at last (Free unlimited photo storage)
New York EBT Discounts for 2023
If you are currently on Food Stamps/EBT Cardholder, and your income is below a certain level, you may qualify for FREE or low-cost home or cell phone service for you or a member of your family through the Federal Lifeline Program, which serves nearly 13 million Americans.
The Lifeline program helps to lower the monthly cost of phone and internet service. Eligible customers will get at least $9.25 toward their monthly bill. You can only use Lifeline for either phone or internet service, but not both.
Discounted Cell Phone Services
Below is a list of cell phone providers that participate in the Lifeline program in the state of New York.
Discounted Home Phone Services
Below is a list of home phone providers that participate in the Lifeline program in the state of New York.
Discounted Internet Service
The new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides discounted internet to EBT Cardholders. The program provides households with a $30 discount on their internet service each month.
Plus, you could also get a one-time $100 discount on the purchase of an eligible laptop, desktop or tablet.
You can combine the $30 ACP internet credit with your Lifeline phone service to save even more on your phone and internet bill each month.
To find out how to apply, check out our article here.
ACP Internet Providers in New York
Currently, New York has 89 ACP internet providers. We’ve provided a list of all the New York companies offering discounted internet to EBT Cardholders below.
Discounted Museums Admission
As an EBT cardholder in New York, you also get discounted or FREE access to museums and other great family-friendly places. We have compiled the list below for your convenience.
The New York Museums listed below all offer individual admission fees ranging from FREE to $3.00 to individuals and families who have an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, and a valid form of photo ID.
The offer covers up to four individuals per EBT card, which means that if you have a family of 4, you can use your New York EBT card to get the special discounted rate or the free admission for all four members.
These rates are available during all normal operating hours. We advise that you call the museum first before you go – so that you can find out what their special rate is for EBT Cardholders (whether it’s free admission or $3).
Here is the list of participating Museums:
Oneonta World of Learning
167 Youngs Road
Oneonta, New York 13820
Hanford Mills Museum
51 County Highway 12
East Meredith, New York 13757
Utica Children’s Museum
311 Main Street
Utica, New York 13501
601 1st Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
Museum of the Earth
1259 Trumansburg Rd
Ithaca, New York 14850
SUNY Poly Children’s Museum of Science and Technology
250 Jordan Road
Troy, New York 12180
The Children’s Museum at Saratoga
69 Caroline Street
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
75 North Water Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Rochester Museum & Science Center
657 East Avenue
Rochester, New York 14607
2 Depot Street
Saranac Lake, New York 12983
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
898 Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, New York 10032
Westchester Children’s Museum
100 Playland Parkway
Rye, New York 10580
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86, W. 46th St.
New York, New York 10036
Explore & More Children’s Museum
300 Gleed Ave.
East Aurora, New York 14052
Children’s Museum of the East End
376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, New York 11932
We hope you found our list of New York EBT discounts helpful. If you have any comments, suggestions for other perks or EBT discounts to add, please tell us in the comments section below or contact us.
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