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Stores that accept EBT online in North Carolina

Under the SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot launched by the USDA 2019, 49 states including North Carolina now allow food stamps SNAP beneficiaries to shop and pay for groceries online. This includes retail giants like Amazon and Walmart, plus the online grocery shopping platform Instacart. In this post, we are going to provide a list of grocery stores that accept EBT online in North Carolina.

In addition, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about using North Carolina SNAP EBT card online for grocery purchases.

"Stores that accept EBT online in North Carolina"

Stores that accept EBT online in North Carolina

Here’s the updated list of stores that accept North Carolina SNAP EBT online for delivery and pick-up.

We will continue to update this list as the USDA adds more grocery stores.

  • Amazon
  • BJs Wholesale Club
  • Carlie C’s
  • Compare Foods
  • Compare Foods Clayton
  • Deep Roots Market
  • Earth Fare
  • Fairvalue Grocery Stores
  • Food Lion
  • Piggly Wiggly of Kinston, NC (Hwy 258 N)
  • Publix
  • Sam’s Club Scan and Go
  • Sprouts Farmers Market
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods

Note that some of these stores accept EBT through Instacart.

For helps with shopping using Instacart, see our post on North Carolina stores that accept North Carolina SNAP EBT on Instacart.

FAQ on using EBT online in North Carolina

Here are the most frequently asked questions about using an EBT card to shop online and about North Carolina EBT Card in general:

Can I Use my North Carolina SNAP EBT on Instacart?

Yes. You can also use your North Carolina Food Stamps benefits with Instacart.

Instacart is an online grocery delivery service, to buy groceries at SNAP-participating retailers for delivery or pickup.

Instacart provides groceries through the following EBT SNAP retailers:

  • ALDI
  • Food Lion
  • Publix
  • Wegmans

Is there a delivery fee for using North Carolina SNAP EBT Online?

It depends on the retailer.

When you spend $35 or more on groceries online from Amazon, home delivery is free.

Also, depending on the location, a delivery fee may vary from $3.99 to $7 for food purchases less than $35.

Additionally, groceries purchased online with an EBT card from Walmart Grocery are subject to a delivery fee varying from $7.95 to $9.95 depending on location.

You can save money on delivery fees with Walmart by signing up for unlimited delivery for $12.95 per month or $98 per year.

Can I Use EBT at Target online?

Yes. Starting in late 2022, Target will start accepting SNAP EBT payments online through the company’s delivery service, Shipt.

SNAP EBT cardholders will be able to use their EBT card at checkout just like they’d use a credit or debit card.

In addition, they can choose same-day Drive Up or Order Pickup options at no additional cost.

Also, same-day grocery delivery will be available at Target.com for $9.99.

Does DoorDash take EBT?

No. Food delivery apps such as DoorDash, GrubHub, Uber Eats, and PostMates do not currently accept EBT SNAP benefits.

Additionally, North Carolina does not currently participate in the Restaurant Meals Program, which allows eligible EBT cardholders to purchase hot foods.

I have a North Carolina P-EBT Card. Can I use it to shop online?

Yes. Your North Carolina P-EBT card can be used to purchase food items at most major grocery stores and certain online retailers (see list above).

However, you cannot use your P-EBT benefits to purchase hot foods or pre-prepared foods.

Examples of food items you purchase with your North Carolina P-EBT benefits include:

  • Breads, cereals, fruits, and vegetables
  • Meats, fish, poultry, and dairy products
  • Bottled water and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Seeds and plants that produce food

How do I check the Balance on My NC EBT Card?

Before you shop with your NC EBT card, it is important to know your balance.

There are several ways to check your North Carolina EBT Card Balance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Here’s how:

  1. Call the EBT Card Phone Number at 1-888-622-7328.
  2. Visit www.ebtedge.com. Once there, click on “Cardholder Login” to check your card balance. You can also download the ebtEDGE mobile app, which is available as a free download on the Apple Store and Google Play.
  3. Check your most recent transaction recipient. Your EBT Card balance will be listed at the bottom of your receipt.

Stores that accept EBT online in North Carolina Summary

We hope this post on Stores that accept EBT online in North Carolina was helpful.


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