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Why don’t all grocery stores take SNAP?

Not all grocery store accept SNAP EBT cards.

groceries bought with SNAP EBT card

But why is that?


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Why are there store restrictions for EBT cards?

SNAP, also known as food stamps deposits a monthly stipend onto your electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card. It can be use like a debit card. Except, EBT cards are not accepted everywhere. Click here to read more.

Your EBT card can be used to buy groceries at authorized stores. If you don’t see signs indicating that they accept it, you will likely be denied at the register.

Not all retailers accept SNAP because it requires a permit. Each permit is only good for the location and owner in record.

In addition to the permit, each location must also be SNAP authorized.

Retailers are also required to have their own EBT equipment at the location. And licensed retailers cannot charge state or local sales tax on SNAP purchases.

Additionally, SNAP retailers must complete training and get reauthorized every five years.


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