Does Dollar Tree Take EBT and What You Should Know

Last Updated on October 6, 2023 by Lori Pace

It is essential to know where to shop for financial assistance if you’re struggling to make ends work. This includes everything from student tuition, to nutritious food, and even student tuition . There are more Americans who need assistance than ever before. You may have questions about how to use an Electronic Benefits Transfer card (EBT). Each state has its application and information about usage. Dollar stores are a popular place to shop, but does dollar tree take EBT?

The answer is yes! EBT benefits are accepted by most dollar stores for products that comply with the USDA guidelines to SNAP. This covers food for your home, snacks, plants, and seeds that can produce food (e.g., planting a vegetable garden). Nearly anything with nutritional information on it is likely to be eligible for SNAP.

What Qualifies a Store to Accept EBT benefits?

A store must have at least three food types in each of the four categories to accept an EBT card. At least two must be perishable. You will find bread/cereals and vegetables, as well as meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products in stores that accept SNAP.

If they don’t meet the above qualifications, they may accept SNAP if more than half their gross sales are for “staple foods.” This is food that isn’t prepared food or candy.

Does Dollar Tree Take EBT?

Dollar Tree accepts EBT cards for both SNAP purchases as well as cash benefits. It is important that you clearly identify which part of your benefits is being used for the purchase. Dollar Tree cannot change your EBT benefit if you mistakenly designate it for food purchases.

What You Can’t Buy Using Your EBT

If your EBT card only contains SNAP Benefits, these are only for purchasing nutritional food items. SNAP cannot be used to purchase energy drinks, alcohol, liquor, tobacco, cigarettes, household goods, or pet supplies. There is one thing that can be confusing: you might have restaurant access but not the ability to purchase prepared or hot food at a store.

You can’t buy hot roasted chicken while shopping for groceries. However, you can order pizza from Pizza Hut. EBT can be used to pay at many restaurants across the country.

TANF on Your EBT Card

Temporary Aid for Needy Families may be used to buy non-food items. This applies to cleaning supplies, party supplies, as well as other items that are not eligible for the SNAP section of your card.

You may be eligible for additional assistance if your financial situation is difficult and your food benefits are insufficient. These programs include help with job preparation, wireless service, childcare, and work assistance. You can apply for assistance if you are a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien.

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for cash assistance:

  • A child must be 18 years old or younger
  • Be pregnant, or
  • 18 years old or younger, and you must be the head of your household

Your benefits will be loaded onto your EBT card when you receive TANF. The TANF part of your benefits will be available at dollar shops that accept EBT.

Is Food From a Dollar Store Safe even if they take EBT?

You may have a vague memory of bargain-priced merchandise at a dollar store. Today, dollar stores purchase merchandise from major manufacturers like General Mills or Coca-Cola. The stores are organized and clean.

All food stores must adhere to the same safety standards that your local grocery. As you would do anywhere else, make sure to check expiration dates before buying perishable products. It is important to ensure you get value for your money.

A grocery store may have a smaller selection of fresh produce. For dollar-store sales, manufacturers may make smaller items so that they can be priced lower. It is worth comparing the price of the items in your local dollar store to those you can buy in a traditional grocery. Even though the product is smaller it can still be useful for you to get through a difficult month. But, keep an eye on its value. You can buy a can of vegetables for $1.00 at a dollar shop.

Lori Pace
Lori Pace

Lori Pace is a single mother of three daughters ages 7 and under. As a working mom from home, she balances kids, work and two crazy dogs with humor and love. Follow Lori as she honestly gives tips and advice based on her own experiences as a single mom!