Does Trader Joe’s Accept EBT Cards or Food Stamps?

Last Updated on January 22, 2024 by Lori Pace

If you are wondering if Trader Joe’s takes EBT card, you come to the right place! So, the short answer is YES.

Trader Joe’s accepts six types of payment — including EBT cards. SNAP, also known as food stamps in the past, is a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that provides financial assistance to families purchasing food. They no longer use food stamps to make purchases. Instead, they use reloadable EBT debit card cards.

Most grocery stores accept EBT cards, as well as many other retailers that sell groceries such as Walmart and Target. Amazon accepts EBT cards to purchase eligible food items. However, rules and procedures vary from one state to the next. Be sure to contact the appropriate agency in your area to find out how the program works, and when your EBT card can be reloaded.

What Are The Different Forms Of Payment Accepted By Trader Joe’s?

Trader Joe’s also accepts EBT payments. These other payment options are useful if you want to purchase items not covered by your benefits from SNAP. (More on that later).

Other than buying SNAP-eligible foods, you can also pay for other products using the alternate payment methods below.

  1. Personal checks and cash
  2. Gift cards from Trader Joe’s (only physical)
  3. Credit and debit cards
  4. Mobile payment (Google Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay)
What Are The Different Forms Of Payment Accepted By Trader Joes

How To Use An EBT Card At Trader Joe’s?

EBT can be used at any Trader Joe’s just as you would your credit or debit card. Specify to the cashier that your EBT card is being used and swipe the card. For payment, you will need to enter your PIN. Keep your receipt safe as it will contain the balance on your EBT card.

You will need to perform two transactions if you are using both SNAP benefits and cash benefits (due to eligibility). You must only use SNAP benefits to eligible items, as they are usually not refundable.

What You Can Buy With EBT?

  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Meat, poultry, and fish
  • Dairy products
  • Cereals and breads
  • Snack foods and non-alcoholic drinks are also available.
  • Plants and seeds that produce food

Other supermarkets and convenience stores information about EBT Cards in case you need, moms!

What You Can Buy With Ebt
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!