Good news for those who receive SNAP/ EBT benefits. You can now use your benefits to purchase groceries online from Instacart vendors. This means that you can have your groceries delivered right to your door, without having to go to the store.
It's a great solution for those who don't have the time or energy to shop for groceries, or for those who live in areas where there are no grocery stores nearby. In this blog post, we will discuss how to use your SNAP/EBT benefits on Instacart, as well as some extra uses for SNAP Benefits.
Save Money on Your Grocery Bills with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a Federal program that provides food assistance to those who qualify, based on financial need. The SNAP program funds are accessed via an EBT card and can be used to purchase certain qualifying foods from approved retailers.
Do You Have an EBT SNAP Card?
Have you applied for a SNAP/EBT benefits card? If not, visit Benefits.gov to determine your eligibility and find the local state office to apply. Applications can be done online or in person.
Applications for a SNAP EBT card take approximately 4-6 weeks to process. Call your local office if there is an emergency situation and rush processing is possible.
Once you have your SNAP EBT card pin number it's time to go shopping!
Step 1: Download the InstaCart app on your smartphone.
InstaCart is available on both Apple and Android devices. It's free to download and easy-to-use.
Step 2: Create an account and set up your delivery address.
Signing up with InstaCart takes only a few minutes. You can sign up with a Google, Facebook, or Apple Account, or Email. Once you enter your delivery address and verify your phone number, add your EBT number and debit or credit card in the payment methods section.
How to Connect Your EBT Card to Your Account
Enter the first name, last name, and card number on the EBT card. Click save
Use a Credit or Debit Card as a Backup Payment
To successfully use your EBT card, a credit or debit card must also be linked to your Instacart account to cover fees, taxes, delivery fees and tips, service fees, and any other non-EBT SNAP-eligible items you may want to purchase.
Currently, Instacart does not accept EBT cash.
You can also use PayPal as a payment method.
Step 3: Select EBT eligible items from participating stores.
EBT SNAP eligible items are marked "EBT" when browsing your local store selections. You must select stores within the state you initially applied for SNAP benefits.
Helpful Tip: Make sure you have the latest version of the InstaCart app when checking for participating stores.
You can also filter for EBT eligible items as well.
For the most updated list of participating retailers, check the InstaCart EBT Help Page.
Step 4: Select the Green checkout button payment method when checking out.
Then review your EBT-eligible and non-eligible items. Once everything is confirmed you'll need to pay and enter your EBT pin number to confirm the purchase.
How to Get a Refund for SNAP Eligible Items
For SNAP items you will need to contact InstaCart Care for a refund.
SNAP Benefits - Save on More Than Just Groceries
SNAP benefits can help you save more than just your weekly grocery bill. Did you know SNAP qualifies you for FREE Cell Phone Service with Unlimited Talk Text and Data from EASY Wireless?
Say goodbye to annoying data caps and expensive monthly cell phone bills. Now, you can enjoy free cellphone service month after month with no worries!
Learn how to apply and qualify in only minutes at EASY Wireless.
Enjoy the Freedom of Online Grocery Shopping
Get hours of your time back when you use your EBT card at InstaCart through your smartphone. No more waiting in lines, driving to the grocery store or trying to figure out if something is eligible to buy with Food Stamps.
Shop on your time and delivered when it's most convenient to you.
Online grocery orders are saved so you can save even more time and hassle the second time you go shopping on InstaCart. Time that could be used instead to go out, be spent with family, and even activities that you can enjoy through your EBT Discount.
Sign Up and Activate an InstaCart Account Today
Using your SNAP/EBT benefits on Instacart is a great way to save money and get your groceries delivered right to your door. With just a few easy steps, you can connect your EBT card to your Instacart account and start saving time and money today!