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Great News for New York SNAP EBT Recipients!! You can now shop for groceries online on Amazon and the best part is you can pay with your New York SNAP EBT card. If you are on Food Stamps and have an EBT card, you can now get buy groceries from Amazon Fresh and Amazon Grocery, pay with SNAP, and have them delivered to you.
Why is this a great deal?
Until recently, SNAP EBT recipients were unable to use their food stamps online. Since COVID-19 began, the USDA has expanded an online purchasing pilot to include most states (see below).
As a result, you can now use your SNAP EBT card to shop online with select merchants, including Amazon and Walmart.
In this post, we will provide a detailed review of how you can add your SNAP EBT card to your Amazon account and shop online.
We will also cover:
- EBT Online Purchasing Pilot Program
- How to Use New York SNAP EBT Online at Amazon
- Guide to Amazon Grocery and Amazon Fresh
- New York SNAP FAQs
EBT Online Purchasing Pilot Program
The United States Department of Agriculture, the federal agency that oversees the foods stamps program started the Online Purchasing Pilot in January 2017 with select retailers for the initial launch of the EBT Online Purchasing Pilot.
The first state to actually launch an online EBT program was New York, starting in 2019.
Since New York launched its program, more states have followed.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA expanded the program to include nearly the entire country.
As of August 2021, 47 states and the District of Columbia have been added to the pilot program to allow SNAP recipients the option to shop online with their EBT cards for delivery or pickup.
You can now use your New York SNAP EBT Card to shop online at the following places in the state of New York:
- BJs Wholesale Club
- Ferreira Foodtown
- Food Bazaar
- Manhattan Fruit Market
- My Foodtown
- Price Chopper Supermarkets
- Stop & Shop
- Tops Market
As you can see above, Amazon is one of the stores approved for New York SNAP EBT shopping online.
For a step-by-step guide on how to add your New York SNAP EBT card to Amazon and purchase groceries online for delivery, continue reading below.
How to Use New York SNAP EBT Online at Amazon
Here’s how you can use your New York SNAP EBT card to buy groceries online from Amazon for Delivery.
Here are the steps to pay for your Amazon Groceries with your EBT Card.
Step 1 – Log into Amazon or Create Account
The first step in the process is to add your EBT card to your Amazon account. Click here to get started.
You will be taken to a page like the one below where you will be required to sign in to your Amazon account, as shown below.
If you do not have an Amazon account, click on the “Create your Amazon account” as shown by the arrow below.
Next, you will then be asked to enter your email address/phone number and password to sign in.
Step 2 – Add your Food Stamps EBT card to Amazon
After you log into your Amazon account, you will be taken to a page like the one below, where you will be asked to enter your SNAP EBT Card Number
Once you enter the requested information, click “Continue” to complete the process.
Step 3 – Shop Amazon Groceries
Now that you have added your EBT card to your Amazon account, you can now shop for groceries on Amazon.
Below are the Amazon grocery options available to you. Click on each to be taken to the grocery page.
Below is a summary of what you get with Amazon Grocery and Amazon Fresh with your food stamps EBT card.
For the difference between Amazon Grocery and Amazon Fresh, see our FAQs section below.
NOTE: You are not allowed to use your food stamps EBT card to pay for shipping or delivery costs.
Therefore, if you want free delivery, be sure to note the free shipping minimums for each program as stated below.
Here is what you can buy on Amazon Fresh with your EBT Card
- Groceries and fresh produce
- Get FREE access to Amazon Fresh when you add your SNAP EBT card
- Look for items labeled Amazon Fresh
- Free shipping on eligible orders over $35 (over $50 in select regions)
- Available in select regions
The video below provides a great explanation of AmazonFresh and how it works.
Go to Amazon Fresh.
Here is what you can buy on Amazon Grocery with your EBT Card
- Large packs, everyday food
- SNAP EBT can be used on eligible items that are shipped and sold by Amazon
- Free shipping on eligible orders over $25
Go to Amazon Grocery.
Step 4 – Enter your EBT PIN to pay
When you are ready to checkout, the final step in the process is to enter your food stamps EBT card pin number to confirm your identity and ownership of the card.
Discounted Amazon Prime Membership
As a New York SNAP EBT Cardholder, you can get over 50% OFF Amazon Prime when you sign up with your EBT Card. With the Amazon Prime EBT discount, you can get all the great benefits of Prime at a fraction of the cost.
Also, as an Amazon Prime member, you get FREE shipping on AmazonFresh groceries.
For just $6.99 per month you get all these EBT Amazon Prime benefits:
- One-Day FREE Shipping on millions of eligible Amazon items
- Two-Day FREE Shipping on millions of eligible Amazon items
- Access to instantly stream thousands of Free Movies & TV Shows
- Access to Unlimited FREE Prime Music streaming
- FREE 2-Hour Delivery on Prime Now items
New York SNAP FAQs
Here is a list of our most frequently asked about the New York SNAP.
Will there be an increase in New York SNAP for 2022?
The Biden administration is increasing food stamps benefits by 25%. Yes, you read that right.
Starting in October 2021, average food stamps benefits will rise more than 25% above pre-pandemic levels.
This marks the biggest-ever increase for the program. The boost comes as a temporary increase of 15% was set to expire in September.
The increased assistance will be available indefinitely to all New York SNAP beneficiaries.
This increase is part of efforts by the Biden Administration to strengthen the country’s social safety net, including SNAP benefits.
The table below shows the maximum SNAP benefit amount per household, including the average SNAP benefit per household.
|Household Size||Maximum Monthly Benefit,|
Fiscal Year 2022
|Estimated Average Monthly Benefit, Fiscal Year 2022|
|Each additional person||+$188|
Do farmers’ markets accept New York EBT?
Additionally, some farmer’s markets in New York will match the SNAP dollars you spend on produce, up to a $10 limit per day.
See the FreshConnect Coupons program above, which is available in New York State.
Also, New York City residents can take advantage of the Health Bucks program, also described above.
Both programs double your SNAP spending on fruits and vegetables, up to $10 a day.
For example, if you spend $10 in New York SNAP benefits, you will get $20 total to spend on healthy food at the farmer’s market.
Can I buy deli food with New York SNAP EBT?
You are not allowed to use New York SNAP to buy food you can eat at the premises or hot food in general.
You are only allowed to buy food you are taking home to prepare.
Therefore, when it comes to Deli foods, you cannot buy hot food from the deli or prepared foods like mac n cheese, chicken or sandwiches, stuff from the salad bar.
However, you can buy deli meats and cheeses and cold uncooked items from the deli with your New York SNAP EBT card as long as you are going to take them home to prepare.
Furthermore, some delis that take New York SNAP will display items that are eligible.
Is there a New York EBT App?
Yes, for New York City residents, there is an NYC ACCESS HRA app.
With the NYC ACCESS HRA mobile app you can view:
- SNAP (Food Stamps) / Cash Assistance (CA) case status
- EBT balance
- Recent payments
- Upcoming appointments
- Documents on file
- Fair Fares NYC enrollment information
- Required documents for your SNAP (Food Stamps) or Cash Assistance (CA) case or Fair Fares NYC application
How to Use New York SNAP EBT Online at Amazon Summary
We hope this post on how to use New York SNAP EBT Online at Amazon was helpful.
If you have further questions about New York SNAP or New York EBT Card, please let us know in the comments section below.
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