Food Stamps: Do SNAP benefits work for Instacart?

Millions of Americans use food stamp SNAP benefits, but many wonder if they can use grocery delivery services like Instacart to get their food.

food stamp ebt card sign

In order to spend food stamps, you must use your EBT card.

The pandemic and modern technology have made EBT cards and groceries more accessible to people.


Food Stamps: Getting your EBT card in California

EBT card for food stamps and Instacart explained

An EBT card is an electronic benefits transfer card.

Money given for food is loaded onto the card and only used for eligible items.

The card is similar to a debit card.


Food Stamps: Getting your EBT card in New York State

You may use an EBT card for Instacart.

You can choose delivery or curbside pickup and find a way to avoid delivery fees, like ordering over a certain dollar amount.

Not all retailers honor EBT cards.


The following states allow you to use Instacart if the retailer you choose accepts EBT

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • Ohio
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • New Jersey
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia