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Does Whole Foods Take EBT?

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All Whole Foods stores across the United States accept EBT cards when you purchase at the store.

People who own EBT cards receive SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program) benefits. SNAP is a nationwide program. This means that irrespective of the location Whole Foods will accept EBT.

What Is An EBT Card?

An EBT card is also known as a common benefit identification card which allows you to shop for items while getting cash benefits. Individuals who qualify for the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) get the EBT card.

The card helps you purchase many items such as groceries and other daily needs items across multiple stores.

How Can I Use And Access The Cash On My EBT Card Along With Snap Benefits?

If you reside in NY, you can use your EBT card at any store across the state and avail the benefits of SNAP. It provides you cashback at most retail stores but it is better to cross verify with the store about their cashback policy.

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Where Can You Use Your EBT Card?

In NY you can use your EBT card at retail stores and farmers markets but across the United States, you can use it at Whole Foods for the following:

Cash Purchases

Items can be purchased using the cash benefits on your card.

Cash Withdrawal

Certain individuals can withdraw money using their EBT card however businesses cannot do this.

Items Eligible For EBT Payments

At Whole Foods, you can use EBT to pay for almost anything. This includes bakery items. There are however certain items such as hot or cooked food that you cannot purchase from Whole Foods using EBT as the payment method.

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There are also certain categories at Whole Foods where purchases cannot be made using EBT. These include:

  • Daily supplies
  • Medicines
  • Vitamins
  • Toiletries
  • Cosmetics
  • Nicotine or tobacco
  • Pet food
  • Alcohol

In case you are not too sure about whether or not you can pay for an item using EBT at Whole Foods, you can check with the supervisor in charge.

Apart from the list above, there are certain items that you can’t use the EBT card for. These include:

  • Liquor
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Placing bets on a race
  • Paying for chips at a casino
  • Purchasing a lottery ticket
  • Off-track betting
  • Bingo
  • Any sort of adult entertainment. This includes pornographic websites, strip clubs, or escort services.

How To Pay Using EBT At Whole Foods?

EBT is similar to any debit or credit card. When you are at the billing counter, you can swipe the EBT card, enter your pin and pay for the items you bought.

Unlike your credit and debit card, however, you cannot use EBT to shop online from the Whole Foods website or pay for a store pickup or delivery order.

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Although Whole Foods is now working towards an EBT delivery program this hasn’t started all over the United States yet. If you are curious to know whether you can use your EBT card to shop online at Whole Foods then you can enter your zip code on the website and see if Whole Foods has begun EBT delivery programs in your area.

Insufficient Funds On EBT Cards

If you are not too sure about how much money you have on your EBT card, you can check your balance at an atm. You can also call the EBT customer service so you have a fair idea of how much you can shop for.

In case the value of your items is higher than your balance on the EBT card, you can still use your EBT to pay for the amount available on the card and pay for the balance using another payment method.

Does Whole Foods Accept WIC?

WIC is similar to EBT and has SNAP benefits but is designed specifically for women, infants, and children. All Whole Foods stores do not accept WIC payments since WIC needs to be authorized by the state. If you want to use your WIC card at a Whole Foods store, it is best to call them and check if they accept WIC.

does the whole foods take ebt

Unlike EBT, there are a limited amount of items you can purchase using your WIC card. These include:

  • Yogurt
  • Whole wheat or whole grain bread
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Peanut butter
  • Oatmeal
  • Milk
  • Infant formula or food
  • Fruit or vegetable juice
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Canned fruits or vegetables
  • Diced fruits or vegetables
  • Eggs
  • Dried lentils
  • Canned lentils
  • Corn or whole wheat tortillas
  • Cheese
  • Cereal
  • Canned fish
  • Brown rice

How To Use Your WIC Card At Whole Foods?

Unlike the EBT card, using your WIC card is different and the method changes from state to state. Most Whole Foods will check the vouchers and benefits you can avail of and will only deliver the items to your home. You cannot use the card to shop at the store. Other stores may allow you to shop at the store.

What is SNAP?

This supplemental nutrition assistance program was founded in 2008. This program was designed to ensure that individuals that are granted this benefit can have a healthy diet.

Holders of WIC cards can avail of cash benefits on otherwise expensive but essential items such as fresh fruit and vegetables. In certain states, it is also helpful in making payments for utility bills and childcare.

Two main bodies fall under SNAP – WIC and EBT.


WIC stands for women infant children and is specifically designed for them. It was designed to lower premature birth by providing healthy nutrition to women during their pregnancy. This program is available to women and children up to the age of 5. It focuses on items necessary for the healthy development of a child including eggs, milk, and baby formula.


EBT is also known as electronic benefits transfer that looks like a debit card and is federally funded. This card can be used at various retails chains that participate with SNAP. EBT cards are discreet since they resemble a debit card and you won’t feel embarrassed using them.

Eligibility For SNAP

Gross Monthly Income

The complete income of a household before any payments is considered the gross monthly income of the family. This should be at least 130% of the poverty line for them to avail of SNAP benefits.

As of 2023, the gross monthly income for a 3 person family needs to be approximately $2353 per month. The poverty level is determined based on the number of individuals in the family.

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The family must fall under certain asset limitations. A normal family must have assets of $2250 or less. If there are elderly individuals in the house or a member with a disability then it must be up to $3500 or less.

What Counts As An Asset?

Resources available in a household such as money in the bank or cash is considered an asset. Your personal property, retirement savings, and automobiles do not comprise an asset.

EBT cards can have multiple benefits for an individual and help them lead a healthy, nutritious, and comfortable life. Your income should not restrict you from giving your family the necessary nutrition. If you haven’t already availed of SNAP benefits then it’s time to get your EBT card and avail the benefits at the earliest.

Your family deserves these benefits and it is time you give it to them.

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When he isn't working or writing for us, he enjoys cooking and exploring the United States, one state at a time.

He lives with his wife Lisa and their two German Shepherds, Wilber and Gus.

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