EBT Cash Benefits
For Retails Stores
Start Accepting EBT Cash for your Store
Understand How to Accept EBT Cash Benefits at Your Retail Store
Retailers can accept EBT cash benefits in certain states while they apply to become SNAP retailers. EBT cash benefits allow eligible SNAP recipients to essentially use their EBT card like a debit card for important purchases not covered under the standard SNAP program at various retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, QSRs, and other specialty retailers. Find out if your store qualifies to accept EBT cash benefits and learn more here.
EBT Cash Benefits FAQs
EBT cash benefits are often misunderstood. Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions to clear up some of the confusion.
- What are EBT cash benefits?
EBT cash benefits are attained through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, a federally funded program ran by individual states. These benefits essentially allow the EBT card to be used like a debit card. EBT cardholders can get cash while checking out or withdraw cash from an ATM* with their EBT card to pay for rent, utilities, childcare costs, etc.
- How are EBT cash benefits accepted?
EBT cash benefits are accessed with an EBT cash benefits card, which allows recipients to get cashback at the register or withdraw funds from an ATM*, unlike EBT SNAP cards.
- How can my customers use EBT cash benefits?
EBT cash benefits are designed to provide temporary funds for housing, childcare, food, transportation, job expenses, and more to help people get back on their feet.
- How can I accept EBT cash benefits at my store?
If your state qualifies for EBT cash benefits, you can accept them at your store just like regular EBT cards. To process these benefits, you can get set up with an EBT processor like goEBT while you apply to accept EBT at your store. If you are not approved to accept EBT, EBT cash benefits recipients can still use the cash they withdraw from their card at your store.
*Ask your ATM provider to learn more.
Get Started in a SNAP with EBT Now
While you get started on your EBT application, EBT cash benefits recipients can still use their cash at your store until you become an approved EBT processor who can accept their EBT cash benefits Card. In the meantime, you can get started with goEBT or even receive personal assistance with your USDA SNAPP retailer application through goEBT’s EBT NOW program.
To get help with your USDA SNAP application, fill out this form and a goEBT representative will reach out to you.
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The Difference between EBT Cash Benefits and SNAP for Retailers
EBT Cash Benefits
- Helps with life expenses
Can be used for housing, transportation, job expenses, childcare, and more.
- Provides immediate help
Temporary program designed to help families get back on their feet.
- Redeemable anywhere
Benefits can be redeemed at virtually any store.
- Helps provide healthy foods
Can be used for fresh foods (meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, breads), non-alcoholic beverages, and snack foods.
- Gives access to basic needs
Program designed to help families meet basic needs, like access to proper nutrition.
- Redeemable in select markets
Benefits can be redeemed at c-stores, grocery stores, select restaurants, and farmers markets.